Cashew-Pear Tossed Salad

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 15 min.


15 servings

Updated: Sep. 30, 2022
A friend who does a lot of catering fixed this salad for our staff Christmas party several years ago, and we all asked for the recipe. The unexpected sweet-salty mix and lovely dressing make it a hit with everyone. —Arlene Muller, Kingwood, Texas
Cashew-Pear Tossed Salad Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 bunch romaine, torn
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup salted cashews
  • 1 medium pear, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped red onion
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. In a large salad bowl, combine the romaine, cheese, cashews, pear and cranberries. In a small bowl, whisk the vinaigrette ingredients. Drizzle over salad and toss to coat.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 228 calories, 17g fat (4g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 171mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.