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Apple Pear Salad

I got this salad idea from my friend Verna.
The dressing is especially good although I've reduced the sugar a bit for less sweetness.
The picture was taken in the summertime when I'd substituted a nectarine for the pear.

  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 1 unpeeled apple, (Gala or Fuji)
  • 1 unpeeled pear - use your favourite variety
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped cashews
  • 1 cup Swiss cheese, or use 1/2 cup Swiss and 1/2 cup Cheddar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  1. Make dressing: Combine all ingredients in a salad dressing shaker or in a blender.
  2. Mix well and set aside.
  3. Wash Romaine lettuce and tear into bite sized pieces
  4. Core and cut apple and pear into small pieces
  5. Place salad ingredients into a large salad bowl, keeping back 2 tablespoons each of the shredded cheese and cashews.
  6. Shake dressings once more and drizzle over salad.
  7. Garnish with reserved cheese and cashews and serve immediately.
Serves 8


  1. Beautiful those fruits and nuts mixed together with a poppy seed dressing!

  2. I have got to make this.

  3. Bev, this salad looks so refreshing and good!

  4. I sooooo appreciate many of my childhood favorites being on this website as I was never taught them growing up and have missed some of them dearly! Just wondering if anyone is familiar with pond cookies? The spelling is likely off, but that's the name we knew them by growing up. I would soooo appreciate being able to make those and enjoy them again.


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