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Contest-Winning Festive Tossed Salad Recipe

Contest-Winning Festive Tossed Salad Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Contest-Winning Festive Tossed Salad

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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!"

Reviewed Dec. 26, 2012

"This was a hit with a huge crowd."

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!"

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 !"

Reviewed Nov. 21, 2012

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

Reviewed Aug. 21, 2012

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

Reviewed Feb. 10, 2012

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

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2011

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

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>"

Reviewed Feb. 1, 2011


Reviewed Jan. 3, 2010

"I've taken this recipe to 3 parties and received rave reviews and requests for the recipe everywhere. It is very easy and delicious!"

Reviewed Oct. 25, 2009 Edited Nov. 21, 2014

"This recipe makes you look like a Salad Goddess. Odd combo but great tasting. One of my most requested recipes. Pretty presentation too."

Reviewed Jul. 18, 2008

"this salad is DELICIOUS!!!! I subsitute the cashews for chopped pecans, and my family loves it!!!! even my 5 year old daughter.... Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!"

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