Winter Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

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When Karen shared this recipe on her blog, Hopelessly Ordinary I copied it so I could try it. Then several ladies from the Sonlight Forums raved about how good this salad of Karen’s is. Boy, were they right! The flavor combinations are wonderful.

Here’s what you’ll need for the dressing:

1/2 cup white sugar (or a bit less)
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 tsp. minced onion
2 tsp. dijon mustard
2 tsp. poppy seeds
2/3 cup vegetable oil

Whisk the sugar, lemon juice, onion, mustard and salt together. Whisk in the oil in a slow stream and then stir in the poppy seeds. Or just put all the ingredients in a container with a tight fitting lid and shake the daylights out of it.

Here’s what you’ll need for the actual salad:

1 head of Romaine lettuce, torn into bite size pieces
4 oz. shredded Swiss cheese (Karen uses Monterey Jack)
1 cup cashews (I used pecan pieces)
1/4 – 1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 apple, chopped
1 pear, chopped

Put all that together in a salad bowl and toss with the dressing. Karen peels the fruit, but I left the skins on. This tasted great with grilled chicken.

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  1. Mmmmmm! Okay, every blogger is torturing me tonight with awesome food recipes!

  2. Looks deelightful 🙂

  3. Amariah says:

    That looks really good. I’ll have to pick up the ingredients next time I’m at the store. I think it would be great with that apple chicken recipe you posted awhile back. BTW- the apple with baked chicken was delicious. Everyone in my family loved it!

  4. Kimm at Reinvented says:

    That looks really yummy, like spring food! 😉

  5. noel2momof3 says:

    We’re having salad all week, I’ll have to try your dressing 🙂

  6. How much lemon juice? 1/2 t. or 1/2 c.? I’m cooking challenged! =)

  7. Tiffany says:

    Robin, it’s 1/2 cup. I fixed it in the recipe. Sorry!

  8. Karen (KayKay) says:

    I’m just so glad that you guys liked it! It’s our favorite.

  9. Constructive Attitude says:

    i dont like salad. but you all make this sound delicious.

  10. Java Cupcake says:

    Thanks so much for stopping by!!! 🙂 Hope to see you back again soon!

  11. Katherine Aucoin says:

    What a wonderful refreshing salad! I love all of the flavors!

  12. I’ve seen your blog before! I love your recipes.
    Thanks for visiting my blog today from sits…:)

  13. I “created” something similar to this, but a lot more lazy.

    1 bag mixed green salad mix
    1/2 bag spinach leaves
    handfuls of dried cranberries (or dried cherries–just as yummy)
    handful of almonds
    1 sloppily chopped green apple
    Jar of Marzetti Poppy Seed dressing

    (But I’m sure your dressing tastes better than jar stuff.)

  14. Jaci, that sounds good. I’m all for shortcuts, because sometimes I’m just in a hurry! Thanks for sharing!

  15. That dressing sounds yummy!

  16. ooo that looks and sounds wonderful! i love salads! can’t wait to try it!! thank you visiting my blog!!


  17. Oh yummy, this sounds so good!!

  18. Quiskaeya says:

    I just LOVE salads and this looks like something to try!

  19. Craisins in a salad=good. I like your blog a whole bunch…especially those Cheddar Muffins. They remind me of the ones at Red Lobster, yum

  20. The salad looks wonderful. I have in the past used a Sweet Onion Dressing to give a similar salad s little bit more creamy flavor. I’ll have to try it this way as well.

    Thanks for sharing!

  21. I just made this tonight and my husband thought it was the best salad I’ve ever made next to my strawberry spinach salad. I found turkey ham steaks, which the kids loved ! And I also found an instant roll recipe on! My oldest ate the salad, other 2 only ate a little. I used almonds instead of the cashews.


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