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Autumn Tossed Salad

“When you take this wonderful salad to a holiday gathering or serve it at home, you will get rave reviews and many requests for the recipe,” predicts field editor Edie DeSpain of Logan, Utah.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 bunch romaine, torn
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup unsalted cashews
  • 1 medium apple, chopped
  • 1 medium pear, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries


  • In a blender, combine the lemon juice, sugar, onion, mustard and salt. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream. Stir in poppy seeds. Transfer to a small pitcher or bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until chilled.
  • In a large salad bowl, combine the romaine, cheese, cashews, apple, pear and cranberries. Drizzle with dressing and toss to coat.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 327 calories, 24g fat (5g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 164mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • Orbs
    Sep 23, 2019

    I cut the recipe in half; and substituted cut up pitted dates for the cranberries. Thank you, Edie, for sharing this recipe.

  • slmacbeth
    Nov 16, 2017

    Not bad, but not particularly exciting. I found that the dressing recipe made way too much for this salad, so unless you have something else that you could use it on, you might consider cutting it in half.

  • marniehook
    Oct 15, 2017

    Quick, easy to make and flavorful!

  • NHogue738
    Jan 4, 2017

    Everyone loves it whenever I take it to a gathering.

  • cathycorn
    Mar 31, 2015

    Great salad, I take it to all pot luck parties. I usually use Asian pears because they are firmer.

  • LadySullen
    Nov 18, 2010

    This salad is fantastic!! The flavors are very subtle, but you can taste every one of them (I thought the Swiss cheese would be weird, but it was PERFECT!!!) Thanks so much for this wonderful recipe.

  • jnjrok
    Oct 20, 2010

    One of my favorite winter salads, I usually make without the pear , just apples. To make ahead, prepare the dressing and slice the apples into the dressing, put remainder of ingredients together then toss dressing with salad just before serving.

  • angelasandoval
    Aug 31, 2010

    This combination of greens, fruit, nuts and cheese is wonderful! But I often "cheat" and use a bottled poppy seed dressing.

  • clairec
    Mar 19, 2010

    I made this as part of a Thanksgiving dinner and that one time was all it took. My family asks for this salad ALL the time. Make it, you won't be sorry!