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Cashew-Pear Tossed Salad Recipe

Cashew-Pear Tossed Salad Recipe

A friend who does a lot of catering fixed this salad for our staff Christmas party several years ago, and we all asked for the recipe. The unexpected sweet-salty mix and lovely dressing make it a hit with everyone. —Arlene Muller, Kingwood, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min. YIELD:15 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch romaine, torn
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup salted cashews
  • 1 medium pear, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • POPPY SEED VINAIGRETTE:
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped red onion
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

  • 1. In a large salad bowl, combine the romaine, cheese, cashews, pear and cranberries. In a small bowl, whisk the vinaigrette ingredients. Drizzle over salad and toss to coat. Yield: 15 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 228 calories, 17 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 7 mg cholesterol, 171 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.

Reviews for Cashew-Pear Tossed Salad

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2015

"I love this salad and dressing. I always bring it to functions and it is a big hit."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2015

"Loved this salad"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2014

"This salad is always very popular with friends and family. Only change was less sugar."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2013

"Simple and delicious salad. I used lightly salted cashews, but actually next time I will use the regular salted ones for the taste contrast with the dressing. I don't know why so many salad recipes call for such a large amount of dressing - I cut it in half and still had plenty left over. I like salad lightly dressed. But these criticisms are minor - this salad is easy, light and tasty!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2013

"Delicious!

Had this for an office party today & everyone loved it! I have several asking that I make this the new standard go-to salad for monthly awards luncheon and asked for the recipe too."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2012

"I love this salad!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2012

"This one's a keeper! Made it for Easter dinner with family and everyone loved it. I used 3 heads of romaine lettuce and still had dressing left over. This one's going into the tried and true file. It's great!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2012

"This recipe is simple and delicious! I love it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2011

"We make this recipe all of the time! LOVE the dressing!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2010

"Perfect Salad. I have made it multiple times and in every time, someone asks for the recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2008

"Delicious Salad. It is very light and refreshing and the perfect combination of flavors. I wouldn't change a thing!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2008

"This salad is awesome. It was a huge hit at a bridal shower I hosted. We only used about half the dressing, though. Thanks for the great recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2008

"this is my family's favorite salad! I add crumbled bacon, and also substitute the cashews for pecans, and the pears for chopped apples. The dressing is delicious. Thank you!"

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