Sunday, April 24, 2011

Romaine Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

The original title of this salad is something along the lines of "Winter Salad with Fruit"; but, I made it for Easter dinner and I've decided that it defies all seasons. The dressing is my favorite part--it's definitely a winner. There is more dressing than you'll need for just this salad, so if you don't want leftovers, only make half of the dressing.

Romaine Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

1/2 cup lemon juice (fresh is best)
Zest from 1 large lemon
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp dried minced onions
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup canola oil
1 Tbsp poppy seeds

1 head Romaine lettuce, torn
1 apple, peeled and diced
1 pear, peeled and diced
4 oz Swiss cheese, shredded
1 cup cashews
1/3 cup dried cranberries

Combine lemon juice, zest, sugar, onions, mustard, and salt in a blender or food processor. Pulse until smooth. Add oil and poppy seeds, blend until well-combined. Refrigerate overnight.

If you are not planning to serve the salad immediately, mix a bit of lemon juice in with the diced apples and pears to prevent them from turning brown. Combine lettuce, apple, pear, cheese, cashews, and cranberries just before serving. Top with dressing.


The Harried Cook said...

That looks & sounds like a very refreshing salad! :) Thanks for sharing

The Double Dipped Life said...

Hi! Long time no see! I think this salad is what I'll be serving on Christmas day. It looks perfect!