Holiday Lettuce Salad Recipe
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Holiday Lettuce Salad Recipe

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My family always requests that I make this salad for get-togethers. It's light and very good; everyone goes back for seconds. —Bryan Braack, Eldridge, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 14 servings


  • 10 cups torn romaine
  • 2 medium red apples, cubed
  • 2 medium pears, cubed
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated onion
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped lightly salted cashews

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 144 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 134mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable.


  1. In a salad bowl, combine the first five ingredients.
  2. For dressing, in a small bowl, whisk lemon juice, oil, corn syrup, onion, mustard and salt. Pour over romaine mixture; toss to coat. Sprinkle with cashews. Yield: 14 servings (1 cup each).
Originally published as Holiday Lettuce Salad in Healthy Cooking October/November 2008, p41

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tasha1234 User ID: 5163667 232260
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2015

"I made this exactly as written. Everyone says it's a keeper. Thank you Bryan for the delicious recipe."

awells54 User ID: 242359 228089
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2015

"This was an awful salad. No one liked it."

barsto User ID: 4995537 177241
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2013

"I think this chicken added to this dish would make a great main dish. Can't wait to try this recipe."

SueCeQ User ID: 576189 175517
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2012

"This salad sounded wonderful, but was disappointed when I tasted it. The dressing was less than desirable. I think with a different dressing it would be much better."

tophersmom User ID: 3044602 158837
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2012

"This was a true hit at our family Christmas gathering.Good taste combinations with the apples and pears and nuts.We did not have cashews so used pecans instead."

D.Marie User ID: 6675032 102737
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2012

"We had 12 for dinner and everyone loved this salad. I doubled the recipe and there were NO LEFTOVERS!"

ral220 User ID: 1098399 91510
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2012

"This will become a go to salad from now on. Whether for a large gathering or just a salad for one. Excellent refreshing and OH SO YUMMY"

germanycook User ID: 6411056 108019
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2012

"Answer for 'bleewkerr':

I always prepare the dressing ahead of time, wash/cut up the lettuce, prepare the add-ins (except the fruit, it will go brown) and then right before serving mix it all together. Otherwise, the lettuce goes soggy. You can even prepare the dressing the night before and keep it in the fridge."

germanycook User ID: 6411056 102736
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2012

"Very yummy salad! The dressing was very light and the add-ins made it special. I only used 1 gala apple, cranberries and pine nuts cuz didn't have the other ingredients. I also used a bit of mayonnaise in the dressing to help the emulsion."

bleewkerr User ID: 96621 210162
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2012

"I have a question. Do you add the dressing right before serving or as soon as you prepare the salad?


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