Winter Fruit Salad With Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing


1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 tsp diced onion
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1 TBSP poppy seeds
1 head romaine lettuce, rinsed, dried and torn into bite sized pieces
4 ounces Swiss cheese, shredded
1 cup roasted cashews
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 apple, cored and cubed
1 pear, cored and cubed


In a blender or food processor, combine sugar, 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 a second more to mix. In a large serving bowl combine the romaine lettuce, shredded Swiss cheese, cashews, dried cranberries, cubed apple and cubed pear. Toss to mix then pour dressing over salad just before serving and toss to coat.