Prep 25m Cook - Additional - Ready In 25m
Servings 12 servings Calories 277

Wonderful salad for the holiday seasons. Great to serve for dinner at home or to take to a family gathering during the holidays.

Recipe Ingredients

  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons diced onion
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon-style prepared mustard
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
  • 4 ounces shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup cashews
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 apple - peeled, cored and diced
  • 1 pear - peeled, cored and sliced

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 In a blender or food processor, combine sugar, lemon juice, onion, mustard, and salt. Process until well blended. With machine still running, add oil in a slow, steady stream until mixture is thick and smooth. Add poppy seeds, and process just a few seconds more to mix.
  2. 2 In a large serving bowl, toss together the romaine lettuce, shredded Swiss cheese, cashews, dried cranberries, apple, and pear. Pour dressing over salad just before serving, and toss to coat.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 277
  • Carbohydrate 21 g
  • Cholesterol 8.7 mg
  • Fat 20.6 g
  • Fiber 2 g
  • Protein 4.9 g
  • Saturated Fat 4.4 g
  • Sodium 201.3 mg
  • Sugar 14.2 g

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  1. This recipe is very yummy! I gave this a three star rating because I changed it a bit as follows: 1/4 cup sugar 1 tablespoon dijon 1/3 cup veg. oil Everything else I kept the same. I felt that there was way to much sugar, and oil. With fiddling with the amounts I found it - Read more ...
  2. I don't give out 5 star ratings as often as I used to but we really enjoyed this salad and it is a definite keeper. I made a few small changes: chopped green leaf lettuce instead of romaine, roasted pecans instead of cashews, at least twice as much apple and pear and about 2 TBS - Read more ...
  3. 4 stars as is; 5 stars with changes. The dressing is wonderful. I don't think bland crunchy romaine is a good choice for white, peeled, crunchy fruit. I would go with spring greens, baby spinach, etc as a contrast to the fruit. I would also leave the fruit unpeeled to add color to the salad. - Read more ...
  4. I have been making this for Christmas the last couple of years and everyone loves it! I make the dressing the day before and wash the lettuce and leave it overnight in the spinner. I soak the apples in sprite so they won't brown. A nice compliment to a turkey and ham dinner. Very light - Read more ...
  5. This was very popular at our family dinner. The combination was different and tasty, but next time I will cut down on the sugar for the dressing. It was a little too sweet. *UPDATE* I have tried this recipe with swiss, cheddar, and parmesan...and I think it is best without any cheese at all. To - Read more ...
  6. This is one of the best salads I have ever made! I used about 2 cups of monteray jack cheese 2 apples and probably another 1/2 cup of cashews. It was perfect and the dressing is to die for! It actually makes quite a bit of dressing so you could easily add more lettuce and - Read more ...
  7. Made this for Christmas dinner and loads of times since. Its been a big hit. I use a red onion which turns the dressing pink - its very pretty and I usually server it on the side. Also I add all the ingredients into the processor together and I still get the same results (I - Read more ...
  8. Made it for my office holiday party. It was a hit! Got lots of raves and a few people asked for the recipe. My modifications: (a) I doubled the recipe but instead of using 2 heads of romaine lettuce I used one head of romaine and 1 bag of spinach. (b)Omitted the Swiss cheese. (c) - Read more ...
  9. I made this recipe last year for Thanksgiving. It was my husband's and my first Thanksgiving after our wedding and his parents as well as my whole family were coming over to our new home. This salad impressed their socks off!! I made a great impression. Since then I have been asked to make it - Read more ...