“Must-Have-Recipe” Salad


This is a great go-to salad when you are having company or just a special dinner.  When I first read the ingredients, I was skeptical.  But it is fabulous.  Adjust the amount of sugar for your personal taste. The original recipe called for 1/2 cup, but I used 1/4 cup and it was delicious.

(2) 5-oz packages romaine lettuce

1 cup shredded Swiss cheese

1 cup cashews

1 apple, coarsely chopped

1 pear, coarsely chopped

1/4 cup sweetened, dried cranberries

Salad Dressing:

1/4 cup sugar

1/3 cup lemon juice

2 teaspoons red onion, finely chopped

1 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 T poppy seed

Combine sugar, lemon juice, onion and salt in a blender container; cover and blend well.  While blender is running, add oil in a slow, steady stream; blend until thick and smooth. Add poppy seed and blend an additional 10 seconds to mix.

Photo and recipe adapted from Christmas Through The House by Gooseberry Patch