Here is a salad we brought for Christmas dinner. Yum!
1/3 cup white sugar (or honey)
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 tsp. diced onion or shallot
3/4 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup canola (or other) oil
2 tsp. poppy seeds
1/2 head romaine lettuce, torn or cut into bite-sized pieces (alternately use spinach or half lettuce and half spinach)
2-3 oz. Swiss cheese, shredded
2/3 cup cashews
3 Tbsp. dried cranberries
1/2 apple (or more to taste), diced
1/2 pear (or more to taste), sliced
1. In a blender or food processor, combine sugar (or honey), lemon juice, onion, mustard, and salt. Process until well blended. With machine still running, add oil in a slow, steady stream until mixture is thick and smooth. Add poppy seeds and process just to mix.
2. In a large serving bowl, toss together the lettuce/spinach, shredded swiss cheese, cashews, dried cranberries, apple, and pear. Pour dressing over salad just before serving and toss to coat.
makes approx. 8 servings