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Winter Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

"Wonderful salad for the holiday seasons. Great to serve for dinner at home or to take to a family gathering during the holidays. Originally submitted to"
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30 m servings 277 cals
Original recipe yields 12 servings (12 - 1 cup servings)


  • Calories:
  • 277 kcal
  • 14%
  • Fat:
  • 20.6 g
  • 32%
  • Carbs:
  • 21g
  • 7%
  • Protein:
  • 4.9 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 9 mg
  • 3%
  • Sodium:
  • 201 mg
  • 8%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
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  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. In a large serving bowl combine the romaine lettuce, shredded Swiss cheese, cashews, dried cranberries, cubed apple and cubed pear. Toss to mix then pour dressing over salad just before serving and toss to coat.

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  1. 585 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

Another tip: if you want to cut the apple and pear ahead of time, just toss it w/ a little of the dressing to prevent browning. Keep it in a separate container and add at the last minute.

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It was okay. I may or not make again.

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Another tip: if you want to cut the apple and pear ahead of time, just toss it w/ a little of the dressing to prevent browning. Keep it in a separate container and add at the last minute.

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 let...

FANTASTIC! The lemon poppyseed dressing is absolutely delicious. Be sure to use freshly squeezed lemons and not the stuff out of the yellow plastic containers - - it does make a difference. I ...

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 spin...

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 ...

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 ...

This salad is outstanding!! I chose to omit the cashews and replaced them with slivered almonds instead. If I make this for lunch I include the swiss cheese but if I'm making it to serve to c...

Easily one of my favorite salads. My modifications: 1) I minced the onion very fine since I don't have a food processor. 2) I also used walnuts instead of cashews and it goes so well with cranbe...

Wonderful salad. Dressing reminded me of fresh squeezed lemonade with a twist. HELPFUL HINT: Use FRESH squeezed lemons, it's worth the extra work and pulls the ingredients together much bette...