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Contest-Winning Festive Tossed Salad

 Contest-Winning Festive Tossed Salad
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
8-10 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 15 min.

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.

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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.