MMMmonday - Winter Fruit Salad

I had this salad at my P.E.O. ladies group meeting earlier this month and absolutely everyone asked the lady who brought it for the recipe!  Since some of you are still experiencing winter like conditions and had to file away my Hot Berries and Cream, I present this Winter Fruit Salad:

Winter Fruit Salad (or anytime you like!)
½ cup sugar (Splenda works, too)
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 tsp. finely chopped onion
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
½ tsp salt
2/3 cup oil
1 Tbsp. Poppy Seeds

In blender or food processor bowl with metal blade, combine sugar, lemon juice, onion, mustard and salt.  Cover; process till blended.  With machine running, add oil in a slow steady stream.  Add poppy seeds and process a few seconds to mix.

1 large head of romaine lettuce, torn into pieces (or any other lettuce or combination of greens that you prefer)
4 oz. (1 cup) shredded Swiss cheese (available already shredded in cheese department)
½ cup dried cranberries
1 apple, cubed (leave on some of skin for color)
1 pear, cubed (Bosc with skin on is a good choice)
1 cup cashew nuts (original recipe); I used some toasted pecans/imagination is good!

In a large serving bowl, combine all salad ingredients; toss to mix.  Pour dressing over and toss to coat; or serve on the side.

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