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Contest-Winning Festive Tossed Salad

With its unique medley of fruits and festive look, this tossed 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
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 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 medium pear, chopped
  • 1 medium apple, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 to 1 cup chopped cashews
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries


  • For dressing, place first five ingredients in a blender; cover and process until blended. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream. Add poppy seeds; pulse just until combined.
  • To serve, place remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Toss with dressing.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 288 calories, 21g fat (4g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 195mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • Orbs
    Sep 23, 2019

    Delicious. I cut this recipe in half; and substituted sunflower seeds for the poppy seeds; and raisins for the cranberries. Thank you Jauneen, for sharing this recipe.

  • kimspacc
    Mar 16, 2018

    Delicious any time of the year! It tastes great with sunflower seeds, too, in place of nuts.

  • Gramma Amy
    Nov 19, 2017

    This salad is a favorite at in our holiday menus. Goes as well with roasted meats as it does summer grilled entrees. we enjoy the tang of the dried cranberries, and the nuts give a nice crunch. I often substitute slivered almonds or chopped pecans.

  • test
    Aug 31, 2017

    goo ond

  • doreensanzone
    Apr 6, 2017

    Outstanding! A huge hit at our regular couples game night potluck dinner. The dressing is very flavorful. The fruit and cashews add a tasty crunch.

  • Stacy
    Feb 13, 2017

    Delicious!! All four of us enjoyed this salad. I prepared it exactly as described -- no deviation was necessary. I opted use a Granny Smith apple and a Bartlet pear. This salad will definitely go into my regular rotation.

  • louie louie
    Oct 27, 2016

    I have made this salad recipe many times, it's one of my standby recipes. It's colorful, light, tasty and compliments just about any meal. The cashews top it off! I will continue recommending it.

  • glitterchatter
    Nov 21, 2014

    Odd combo of ingredients but absolutely fantastic tasting and looking! Our Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners must-have-on-the-table salad!

  • cklayum
    Dec 26, 2012

    This was a hit with a huge crowd.

  • chocoloco
    Dec 19, 2012

    I decreased the sugar to about 2 tablespoons. I omitted the cheese and the poppyseeds. Still pretty good and better for you. I would not recommend decreasing the salt. I think it would have been amazing with candied pecans!