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Cherry Cashew Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

July 31, 2010

This recipe came from my in-laws, but I tweaked the salad dressing in an effort to cut calories. It’s by no means low-cal now, but a little goes a long way, so dig in! I enjoy this salad by itself, but you can also serve it with a grilled ham and Swiss sandwich for a full meal.

3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon grated white onion, with juice (use the small holes on a cheese grater or a zester)
1 teaspoon poppy seeds
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups Romain lettuce, rinsed and chopped
1/2 cup roasted, salted cashew pieces
1/2 cup dried cherries (can also use cherry flavored Craisins)
1/2 cup Swiss cheese, cut into 1/4-inch chunks


To make salad dressing –

  • Combine first 7 ingredients (thru salt).
  • Shake vigorously until completely combined.
  • Chill in fridge for 1 hour before serving, to allow flavors to combine.
  • Shake again before pouring on salad.

To make salad –

  • Combine lettuce pieces, cashews, dried cherries, and Swiss cheese chunks.
  • Toss with dressing.
  • Serve immediately.
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One Response to “ Cherry Cashew Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing ”

  1. Karen G. on October 13, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    I tried this one on our ‘game ‘ night about 6 months ago. Everyone LOVED it !!

    Thanks for reminding me of the rcipe.

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