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Holiday Lettuce Salad

Light with a hint of sweetness, this lettuce salad recipe will make everyone excited to eat their fruits and vegetables. —Bryan Braack, Eldridge, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    14 servings (1 cup each)


  • 10 cups torn romaine
  • 2 medium red apples, cubed
  • 2 medium pears, cubed
  • 1 cup 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


  • In a salad bowl, combine the first five ingredients.
  • 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.

Lettuce Salad Recipe Tips

Can I swap in any lettuce substitutes?

If you're not a fan of romaine lettuce, you can always try a different type of lettuce like iceberg or butterhead. If you have leftover lettuce, use it up in any of these non-boring lettuce recipes. They'll get you excited about eating lettuce again!

What other toppings can you add to this lettuce salad recipe?

Besides the toppings listed, healthy salad toppings like thinly shredded beets, cooked quinoa, or avocado would be a welcome addition. Check out our best romaine lettuce salad ideas for inspiration.

Can you trade the corn syrup for another sweetener?

Yes, you can trade in the corn syrup for brown rice syrup, granulated sugar or honey. When substituting sugar, add a little at a time and taste as you go to ensure the dressing reaches your preferred level of sweetness. Be sure to check out this sugar alternatives guide for more ideas.
Nutrition 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.

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  • Cathy
    Nov 10, 2019

    I made this for church and everyone loved it! Thank you!

  • I_Fortuna
    Apr 2, 2019

    Leave out the corn syrup and sub Truvia and this salad will be about as diabetic friendly as they come. Mostly these fruits are low in sugar. I add California Mandarin oranges to my salads. People with diabetes know how and what to add and leave out of a recipe. Your body needs some carbs and many carbs such as the ones in this recipe are fiber, an essential carb. Most diabetics can easy alter a recipe for their needs. It is easy to sub any recipe.

  • tasha1234
    Sep 3, 2015

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

  • awells54
    Jun 17, 2015

    This was an awful salad. No one liked it.

  • BrendaFSC
    Jul 1, 2013

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    Mar 5, 2013

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    Mar 3, 2013

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    Jan 26, 2013

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  • barsto
    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
    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.