I consider myself extremely lucky because we have good neighbors. No, let me rephrase that, we have great neighbors. The kind of neighbors who help you shovel snow, share their yard and have really sweet kids. We often swap dinners or head to each others house with homemade food in hand just so we can share it with one another.
My neighbor Devenee brought over this divine Winter Fruit Salad the other day. It was so good that I found my husband sneaking some from the refrigerator after we already had dessert. You read that right, my husband was sneaking salad.
The combination of the sweet apples and pears with swiss cheese and dried cranberries makes this salad irresistible. Add some cashews for a salty crunch and the sweet poppy seed dressing and you are in salad heaven.
Winter Fruit Salad
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 tsp onion, finely chopped
1 Tbsp poppy seeds
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 tsp salt
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1 large Romain lettuce, torn into pieces
4 oz freshly grated swiss cheese
1 cup cashews
1/2 cup crasins
1 apple, cubed
1 pear, cubed
In a blender or small food processes, blend all dressing ingredients except oil and poppy seeds. Once well combined, continue blending while adding the oil. Add poppy seeds at the end and quickly blend until combined.
Mix salad ingredients together in a large bowl. Pour dressing directly on top or serve on the side.