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Cashew-Pear Tossed Salad

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
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    15 servings


  • 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


  • 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.

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  • Orbs
    Sep 23, 2019

    Delicious. I substituted raisins for the cranberries. Thank you, Arlene, for sharing this recipe.

  • kimspacc
    Mar 16, 2018

    Great dressing!

  • CarolynRM
    Aug 6, 2016

    This salad wonderful and the dressing is also. I will be making this salad many times in the future.

  • mshepherd07
    Mar 18, 2015

    I love this salad and dressing. I always bring it to functions and it is a big hit.

  • Emalanych
    Jan 12, 2015

    Loved this salad

  • nounee
    Jul 7, 2014

    This salad is always very popular with friends and family. Only change was less sugar.

  • ejshellabarger
    Apr 14, 2013

    No comment left

  • cwbuff2
    Mar 10, 2013

    Simple and delicious salad. I used lightly salted cashews, but actually next time I will use the regular salted ones for the taste contrast with the dressing. I don't know why so many salad recipes call for such a large amount of dressing - I cut it in half and still had plenty left over. I like salad lightly dressed. But these criticisms are minor - this salad is easy, light and tasty!

  • swykoff
    Jan 4, 2013

    Delicious!Had this for an office party today & everyone loved it! I have several asking that I make this the new standard go-to salad for monthly awards luncheon and asked for the recipe too.

  • DawnLockhart
    Aug 21, 2012

    I love this salad!