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Swiss Cashew Tossed Salad

Along with crunchy cashews and strips of Swiss cheese, a sweet-and-tangy poppy seed dressing makes this tossed salad something special. There are seldom any leftovers when I serve it! -DiAnne Mallehan, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
  • Makes
    8-10 servings


  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon grated onion
  • Dash salt
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1 medium bunch romaine, torn
  • 1 cup salted cashew halves
  • 4 ounces Swiss cheese, julienned


  • In a blender, combine the vinegar, sugar, mustard, onion and salt; cover and process until well blended. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream. Stir in poppy seeds. In a salad bowl, combine the romaine, cashews and Swiss cheese; serve with dressing.

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  • Althea
    Dec 14, 2019

    Interestingly this dressing has a wide versitality, I used Kale instead of Romaine and it was absolutely wonderful! I'm convinced it would work on chicken and pork as well, and most other vegetables too! The cashews and swiss cheese add wonderful taste. To make it even healthier, switching out the sugar for stevia is my next venture with the recipe! I'll post again once I try it!

  • tspile
    Dec 14, 2017

    This is my go to salad. It is easy and everyone loves it. There is never any left in the bowl.

  • slmacbeth
    Oct 19, 2017

    Really delicious salad. I halved the recipe with no problem.

  • Gessica
    Apr 10, 2014

    This salad is wonderful! If I'm out of swiss I use parmesan and it's just as good!

  • WvBulldogmom
    Nov 26, 2013

    Everyone loves this salad! Sometimes I sub. Sunflower seeds for the cashews.

  • violinplayer
    Dec 28, 2012

    This salad is excellent. It is a family favorite. I use shredded parmesan cheese (not grated) and add craisins and thin-sliced red onion. The dressing really enhances the salad.

  • Nicksmom1
    Nov 8, 2012

    Hands down the most popular salad requested to make!! The dressing makes this salad- we nicknamed this "Jeff's salad" because my brother literally could drink the dressing, its so yummy. Easy to make, i like the offsetting of cheese and cashews with the tangy dressing.

  • the.piazzas
    Apr 6, 2012

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  • lsell1999
    Jun 25, 2009

    This is a delicious salad. My family loves it. The dressing is plentiful, so I use it on other salads, too.My family calls me the 'Salad Queen" because I'm always asked to bring the salad for family gatherings. Thanks TOH for the great recipes! I've never had a bad experience with salad recipes from TOH.

  • dbbeachbaby
    Dec 22, 2007

    I have made this salad for years. It's so easy to make and everyone that tries it loves it. I usually make the dressing the day before I serve it, and put the rest of the salad together the day it's served. I love this recipe!