Winter Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

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  • Prep

    30 m
  • Ready In

    30 m
Nora LaCroix
Recipe by  Nora LaCroix

“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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Original recipe yields 12 - 1 cup servings



  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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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 lettuce I used one head of romaine and 1 bag of spinach. (b)Omitted the Swiss cheese. (c) Instead of cashews I added toasted pecans (toasted myself). Nuts such as pecans and walnuts seem to match the fruit and season better. (d) I added some dried cherries along with the dried cranberries. (d)Despite having doubled the salad I only needed half as much dressing because the dressing was on the side. Having the dressing on the side worked great. I used less, the salad didn't get soggy and the leftovers kept better. The leftovers were actually minimal. I made a huge bowl. Since the original recipes makes 12 - 1 cup servings, I made roughly 24 cups. At the end of the evening the rest fit tightly in a 3-cup Ziplock plastic storage container.



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 used butter lettuce instead of romaine, but otherwise I followed the recipe exactly. The pears, apples, cheese, and cashews combined perfectly with the lemon dressing. One word of caution - - this fed three hungry adults (two helpings for the men). So don't be fooled by the "serves 12". Your family and guests will go back for seconds, trust me!

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Amount Per Serving (12 total)

  • Calories
  • 277 cal
  • 14%
  • Fat
  • 20.6 g
  • 32%
  • Carbs
  • 21 g
  • 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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