Festive Tossed Salad

With its unique medley of fruits and festive look, this salad is a holiday tradition at our house. One forkful reminds us of all the things we can be thankful for.


8 to 10 servings


1/2 cup granulated (white) sugar
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup canola oil
2 to 3 teaspoons poppy seeds
10 cups torn romaine
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
1 medium apple, chopped
1 medium pear, chopped
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 to 1 cup chopped cashews


In a blender or food processor, combine the sugar, vinegar, lemon juice, onion and salt. Cover and process until blended. With blender running, gradually add oil. Add poppy seeds and blend.

In a salad bowl, combine the romaine, Swiss cheese, apple, pear and cranberries. Drizzle with desired amount of dressing. Add cashews; toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Estimated Time

Preparation/Total Time: 15 minutes

Nutritional Information

1 serving (1 cup) equals 288 calories, 21 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 195 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.

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