Contest-Winning Festive Tossed Salad Recipe
Contest-Winning Festive Tossed Salad Recipe photo by Taste of Home
Next Recipe

Contest-Winning Festive Tossed Salad Recipe

Read Reviews
5 16 37
Publisher Photo
With its unique medley of fruits and festive look, this salad is a holiday tradition at our house. Our three grown daughters have come to expect it. One forkful reminds us of all the things we can be thankful for. -Jauneen Hosking, Waterford, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 10 cups torn romaine
  • 1 medium pear, chopped
  • 1 medium apple, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 to 1 cup chopped cashews
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 288 calories, 21g fat (4g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 195mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. For dressing, place first five ingredients in a blender; cover and process until blended. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream. Add poppy seeds; pulse just until combined.
  2. To serve, place remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Toss with dressing. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Festive Tossed Salad in Taste of Home October/November 2000, p25

Reviews for Contest-Winning Festive Tossed Salad

5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
Please Log In or Join to add a rating and review.
Click stars to rate
Any changes to your rating or review will appear where you originally posted your review
Loading Image
Sort By :
doreensanzone User ID: 1270959 264406
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2017

"Outstanding! A huge hit at our regular couples game night potluck dinner. The dressing is very flavorful. The fruit and cashews add a tasty crunch."

Stacy User ID: 9078520 261262
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2017

"Delicious!! All four of us enjoyed this salad. I prepared it exactly as described -- no deviation was necessary. I opted use a Granny Smith apple and a Bartlet pear. This salad will definitely go into my regular rotation."

louie louie User ID: 2814446 256025
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2016

"I have made this salad recipe many times, it's one of my standby recipes. It's colorful, light, tasty and compliments just about any meal. The cashews top it off! I will continue recommending it."

glitterchatter User ID: 2651232 74706
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2014

"Odd combo of ingredients but absolutely fantastic tasting and looking! Our Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners must-have-on-the-table salad!"

[email protected] User ID: 5407286 72170
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2012

"This was a hit with a huge crowd."

chocoloco User ID: 1876593 28661
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2012

"I decreased the sugar to about 2 tablespoons. I omitted the cheese and the poppyseeds. Still pretty good and better for you. I would not recommend decreasing the salt. I think it would have been amazing with candied pecans!"

daisyk2010 User ID: 6933457 81404
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2012

"I made this for Thanksgiving dinner since my only job was to bring the salad. The vinagrette was really good, it smelled a little odd at first (most do I think) but I taste-tested it on a small portion of salad and it was really good! Don't be afraid to make big chunks of apple and pear either - I will make bigger chunks next time I make this. This salad is definetly for the occasion but you are able to make twice as much vinagrette then you will probably need so you can refrigerate for later on. People really liked this and commented on how good and different it was - even someone who doesn't like vinagrettes said it was very sweet and really liked it !"

argyllca User ID: 2792367 203839
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2012

"A must at our Thanksgiving table! The perfect blend of sweet and salty. Just delicious!"

DawnLockhart User ID: 3466471 42040
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2012

"Delicious. Tasty and very pretty. A hit with dinner guests."

Annie216 User ID: 6416794 80580
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2012

"This salad was fantastic! I plan on making this whenever I have guests."

Loading Image