Winter Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

Winter Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

Winter Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing


Here’s another option for your turkey day feast.  Considering all of the heavy items you’ll be serving, like mashed potatoes with gravy, stuffing, and assorted casseroles, this fresh lettuce salad will bring a much-needed lightness to the meal.

With its seasonal fruits and nuts, this salad is perfect for the holidays!  I probably first made it 20 years ago; you know, when I returned home from, um, fifth grade one day.  

And I’ve made it every year since.

It’s simple and festive and delectable. Bring it to your Thanksgiving gathering, for sure, but, be prepared by also bringing copies of the recipe to share because you’re going to need them!

Makes 12, 1-cup servings. 


1 large head of romaine lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces (about 10 cups)

1 apple, cubed

1 ripe pear, cubed

4 oz. (1 cup) Swiss cheese, grated

1 cup cashews

1/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries (a.k.a. Craisins)


1/2 cup sugar

1/3 cup lemon juice

2 t finely diced onion

1 t Dijon mustard

1/2 t salt

2/3 cup vegetable oil

1 T poppy seeds


1. In a blender or food processor, combine sugar, lemon juice, onion, mustard and salt. Process until blended.  With machine running, slowly pour in oil until thick and smooth. Add poppy seed and process a few second to mix in.

2. In a large serving bowl, combine all salad ingredients: toss to mix.  Pour dressing over salad; toss to coat.


Written by Becky


  • Linda says:

    I going to try this salad for dinner, but I would like to use a pre made dressing instead of making it from scratch. Do you have any suggestions?

    • Becky says:

      Hey Lin, if you’re looking for a pre-made dressing, the closest one that comes to mind is the salad dressing from Portillo’s. They actually sell them in bottles. Pick up a burger, some fries, and tell them you want a big bottle of dressing instead of ketchup. Then enjoy the looks you get.

  • Jim says:

    Looks good

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