Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Recipe of the Week: Apple-Pear Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

I found this recipe in Southern Living Magazine. It has been a huge hit at our family gatherings. I like the dressing and the flavors from combining ingredients you might not normally pair together.
Apple-Pear Salad
1 (16oz.) pkg. romaine lettuce, washed
1 (6 oz.) block Swiss cheese, shaved
1 c. roasted, salted cashews
1/2 c. sweetened dried cranberries
1 large apple, thinly sliced
1 large pear, thinly sliced

Toss ingredients together and serve with lemon-poppy seed dressing,

Lemon-Poppy Seed Dressing
2/3 c. light olive oil
1/3 c. sugar
1/3 c. fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 Tbsp. poppy seeds
2 tsp. finely chopped onions
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
Process ingredients in blender until smooth. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to one week; serve at room temperature.

Notes:
I toss the apple and pear slices in lemon juice to keep them from turning.
I don't use the bagged lettuce--I'm never pleased with the quality of it at our store. So, I do quite a bit of guessing with the lettuce and the cheese amounts.