Contest-Winning Festive Tossed Salad Recipe
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Contest-Winning Festive Tossed Salad Recipe

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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:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 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 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 medium apple, chopped
  • 1 medium pear, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 to 1 cup chopped cashews

Nutritional Facts

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


  1. In a blender, combine the sugar, vinegar, lemon juice, onion and salt. Cover and process until blended. With blender running, gradually add oil. Add poppy seeds and blend.
  2. In a salad bowl, combine the romaine, cheese, apple, pear and cranberries. Drizzle with desired amount of dressing. Add cashews; toss to coat. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Festive Tossed Salad in Taste of Home October/November 2000, p25

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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!"

MY REVIEW 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."

24titans User ID: 5575836 87540
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2011

"I made this for with our Thanksgiving dinner. It was a hit!! Everyone loved it."

ijlarsen User ID: 5428015 103312
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2011

"<p>This is a wonderful salad - so flavorful. I cut back on the sugar just a bit and added about 1/2 more apple and pear for added crunch. Have made it with pecans and walnuts - both ways taste great!</p>"

mkbonine User ID: 1104310 203838
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2011


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