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Plate with Winter Salad and Homemade Dressing

Winter Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

  • Author: Deborah Harroun
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 mins
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American


A perfect salad to serve during the winter months, this Winter Salad is filled with apples, pears and dried cranberries. Don’t skip out on the homemade Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing – it makes the salad!




  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated onion
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon-style prepared mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds


  • 1 head romaine lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 4 oz Monterey Jack cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 apple, cored and diced
  • 1 pear, cored and diced


To make the dressing:

  1. In a blender or food processor, combine the sugar, lemon juice, onion, mustard, and salt.
  2. Process until well blended.
  3. With the blender on low, add the oil in a steady stream until the mixture is thick and smooth.
  4. Add the poppy seeds and pulse a couple times to combine.
  5. Alternately, combine all of the ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid and shake vigorously until blended.

To make the salad:

  1. Combine the lettuce, cheese, cashews, cranberries, apple and pear in a large bowl. Toss to combine.
  2. Pour the dressing over the salad just before serving. Toss to coat.

Recipe Notes:

adapted from

Nutrition information provided as an estimate only. Various brands and products can change the counts. Any nutritional information should only be used as a general guideline.


  • Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe
  • Calories: 476
  • Sugar: 14 g
  • Sodium: 335 mg
  • Fat: 41 g
  • Saturated Fat: 9 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 29 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 24 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 9 g
  • Cholesterol: 20 mg

Keywords: winter salad, lemon poppy seed dressing