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Cashew-Pear Tossed Salad

 Cashew-Pear Tossed Salad
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
15 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 15 min.

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

  • 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.