Reviews for Winter Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing
Made this salad for Thanksgiving and it got raves from everyone that tried it. The dressing definitely makes the salad special. I did make a few changes to what I put in the salad - used feta instead of swiss and toasted slivered almonds (was all I had), but other than that I followed the recipe. I recommend the feta with this salad combination. It worked very well. I made the dressing per the recipe except I didn't have dijon mustard so use regular yellow mustard. The dressing makes ALOT. My advice - put the dressing on the side and let your family/guests put it on themselves. Not eveyone ate the salad and what was left over had to be thrown away because I had put the dressing on the salad prior to serving and it wilted. Excellent recipe though. If you are a salad lover, I definitely recommend it.
i've given out this recipe twice already since making it the first time, and i made it again tonight. confession: i used brianna's poppy dressing instead of making fresh because its just that good. tonight i didnt have pear so i used broken mandarin orange pieces, and it was just as good if not better. pretty to look at and even better to eat. merci!
Delicious, very flavorful, quick and easy to make. The flavors are fantastic, and it made a wonderful main course salad.
This salad was wonderful and everyone raved about it. I cut the sugar in half and that was plenty, also double the lettuce and used Monterey Jack cheese. I will definitely make this salad again and again.
Made this for Christmas dinner and everyone loved it (first time in 26 years my mother in law asked for my recipe)! I used a braeburn apple and anjou pear
I don't usually make "recipe salads," but this one is terrific, and the kind of accompaniment that defines a meal as special.
very tasty even without the poppyseeds (i couldn't find them)!
This was awesome. I made the dressing 4 days ahead of time and it was great. I accidentally left off the apple and pear and it was great without it. Next time will not use them so I don't have to worry about brown spots.
Enjoyed by the entire family!
I made this salad for my works holiday party. Everyone loved it.
Very Good! Only thing I would do differently.... I had cut up and put the apple and pear into the dressing like someone had suggested. I brought this for a dinner and by the time I served it the dressing was really watered down from the fruit juices. I would wait to cut up the fruit closer to dinner so it doesnt brown, and not put it in the dressing.
I scaled this in half to serve just 4 of us and wow, it is really good. The dressing is fantastic. You can blend it up ahead of time and keep in the fridge till you are ready to throw the salad together. The flavors in the salad go so well together and you could really sub anything you like. Next time I will use spinach and maybe sub gorgonzola for the swiss. Thanks for this one! I will make often.
I loved this salad! I made it for my parents when they came over for dinner and everyone loved it! We even licked the plate! I didn't use the pear because I didn't have one but loved it anyway!
Warning - you must bring a copy of this recipe with you whenever you bring it to a potluck, since you will surely be asked for it by someone. When bringing it, I chop the apples and pears and put them in the dressing so they won't brown. Then I add that to the rest of the salad just before serving.
The best salad EVER! I followed the recipe exactly. I'm not a fan of swiss cheese, but used it anyway. It was amazing! Even my father in-law loved it and he hates trying new things.
Excellent salad, light but filling. Have prepared it twice now with great raves. The second time I made it I didn't have swiss cheese so I had to substitute Feta - it was just as good
This was fantastic. I made it for a Bible Study luncheon and it got rave reviews.
Perfect, I used walnuts instead of the cashews, added a cup of dried cranberries, and used 4 pears to enhance the flavor.
Always a hit!! I make the dressing exactly as called for but use blue cheese, candied pecans, Bosch pears, honeycrisp apples, and blueberries.
I served this at Christmas and my guests all said it was their favorite dish.
I only made the dressing, not the salad. It was fantastic! So tasty, and not too heavy.
I felt really badly, because I took this to Thanksgiving dinner at my in-laws, and no one could stop talking about it!! It stole the attention! I would give this 10 stars if I could. Don't skip out on making the dressing...it's worth the extra 5 minutes it takes to make it. The bottled dressing is not the same. I did cut back on the sugar a tad in the dressing, and I used fresh lemons. But I followed everything else as written. I will be making this salad over and over again!
WOW! THIS SALAD IS DELICIOUS! I LOVE IT AND SO DOES MY HUSBAND! HE NEVER LIKES SALADS! I LEFT OUT THE POPPYSEEDS FROM HIS PORTION OF THE DRESSING SINCE HE CAN'T HAVE THEM AND IT WAS STILL YUMMY! ALSO, I RECOMMEND DOUBLING THE APPLE/PEAR PORTION IF YOU LIKE FRUIT! TO MAKE IT EVEN EASIER, I USED A BAG OF ROMAINE LETTUCE RATHER THAN PURCHASING A HEAD! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS ONE! THIS IS A KEEPER! THANKS!
This has been the only salad I'm allowed to bring to family gatherings for several years. I certainly don't mind-it's easy to make and healthy. I don't pour all of the dressing on the salad...the extra dressing left I use to marinate pork tenderloins later in the week for dinner.
The dressing was delicious! I am a big fan of popyseed dressing, but never knew I could make my own so easily. I made the recipe exactly as listed for a family party. There was an empty bowl at the end of lunch. Everyone loved it.
Yum! The whole family loved it- the kids actually had 2nd helpings of salad- wow! My husband, who doesn't care much for fruit, even asked for seconds!
Wonderful! I made this for a small family gathering and my mother loved it so much that she asked me to make it for Christmas! Understand that the Christmas Dinner menu NEVER changes! I've had many requests for copies of this delightful recipe.
This is an excellent salad. I always put in mangos and fresh strawberries, -instead of the two fruits she adds. It gets raves all the time! You could add some sugar baked pecans instead of the cashews. I'll have to try it that way! Aw, heck, it's good the way it is!
Really good. Brought to dinner over the holidays and was asked to bring it again for a party. The dressing is very tasty, but you definitely don't need it all. Romaine hearts and ripe pears make this special.
I love this salad and I make it ALL the time! I make the salad dressing and keep it in a separate bottle so I can just add it to individual servings. If you aren't mixing it in, you should toss the apples and pears in a little dressing or lemon juice so they don't turn brown. I have added sliced strawberries a time or two and it is good! :)
It was wonderful!!! I used baby spinach mixed with romaine lettuce, because I love spinach with the sweeter dressings, and pomegranates instead of dried cranberries to make it extra fancy for Christmas, and it was great. I added more apples and pear, and sugared almonds instead of cashews. One of the best salads I have ever tried. Thanks!
This is an amazing salad!!! I've made it many times for Sunday and holiday dinners. The only change I made was to cut down on the sugar just a bit, but it was still fantastic! Before adding the poppy seeds to the dressing, I reserve a little of it and add it to the cut-up bits of apple and pear - this keeps them from turning brown. The other thing I love about this salad is that all the add-ons,i.e., cheese, cashews, etc. can be prepared ahead of time. And all you have to do is to toss it altogether right before serving!
This salad is fantastic as written. It is a wonderful way to lighten up a hearty meal.
Great! Don't change a thing!
I have been making this recipe for 3 years and I always have to hand out the recipe. It is very popular and delicious.
This is my favorite salad, and most definitely a frequently requested crowd-pleaser at pot luck meals.
Great salad! made it for thanksgiving!!
The combination of fruit, cranberries, nuts and cheese with the dressing make this a sweet salad with just a little tanginess. Excellent flavor and fast/easy to put together.
This salad and dressing are amazing! I got many requests for the recipe when I brought it (sans cheese) to a party. I usually am not big on salad dressing, but I would definitely make this one often. I didn't try this with shredded swiss because I was skeptical about the visual appeal and taste. But crumbled gorgonzola is divine! The buttery and salty taste of gorgonzola perfectly compliments the sweetness of the fruits.
The dressing is absolutely delicious! This is the very first dressing I ever attempted and my fiance loves it. I would cut back on the sugar the next time but everything else is divine.
This salad is fabulous! I made it for Christmas and it was a huge hit. I used two romaine hearts and a small bag of mixed baby greens. I made the dressing the day before to let the flavors meld. Before serving it, I blended it together with a hand blender which emulsified it. Before I added the apple and pear pieces to the salad or dressed the salad, I dredged them in the dressing. Then added the fruit and nuts and tossed it all with the dressing. The recipe made more dressing than we needed but we used it with other greens the next day. Thanks very much or such a wonderful recipe!!
This was really good - I made it at Christmas. No adjustments made.
OMG...this is an amazing salad year round. The Swiss cheese married with the fruits & nuts is wonderful. I did not have poppy seeds (thought I did) so left them out. I had trouble not eating the fruit, cheese & nuts before even adding the Romaine & delightful dressing! This is a winner! Thank you for sharing the best salad ever! My guests gobbled it up & asked for recipe.
i served this at a Volunteer potluck after the holidays everyone loved it! (I did cut back sugar in dressing to 1/3 cup as some reviewers recommended--might even go a bit less next time). Got voted the number one dish that day!
This was a great salad! Based on other reivews I halved the sugar for the dressing- I wish I hadnt- it needs more sugar. Thanks for the recipe- I am making it again tonight!
This is a delicious dressing for this salad. My family loved it! Next time I make it though, I will put the dressing on the side and let people pour their own on their individual salads. I poured the entire contents off the dressing on the finished salad and it was too much - saturated it. But, boy this was really yummy!
It was very tasty. I made it for my grandparent's Thanksgiving and recieved a lot of compliments from people. And really, how often do you get compliments from making a *salad*?
This recipe was absolutely amazing! The Swiss cheese was perfect with the sweetness of the pear and apple. I cut the sugar down by half and didn't need as much vegetable oil. I shaved a block of Swiss cheese over the top of the salad to meet each person's taste. As many other people have already said, I have a lot of dressing left over! No problem at all, it will be put to good use. Please try this recipe!
My daughter introduced our family to this salad. We all absolutely love it! I must say, after reading the comments, why would anyone want to change anything about this salad??? You certainly cannot improve on it. Just be grateful for the recipe!
Hands-down, this is the best salad dressing recipe I've ever come across. I actually used limes and a couple tablespoons of mayo, too.
I made the dressing for this for a different recipe, and it was fabulous! Best lemon poppyseed dressing I have ever had!
This was absolutely amazing. Everyone at my dinner party enjoyed this immensely. Will definitely be making this again!
I used butter lettuce, left out onion and poppy seed and it was a big hit with the family. Will be making it again, per my Mother's request for her birthday.
This was very good. I made this without the cashews due to allergies in my family. I served this with a spicy dish and it was good as the salad was cooling on the pallet.
Delicious! I wouldn't change a thing! It was a hit at our family Thanksgiving celebration, and I had several requests for the recipe. I'll make this again and again. The dressing is superb.
Made this for my FIRST home cooked meal for my family...they all loved it. My mom and dad both came back for seconds and cant wait for me to make it again
Love, love, love the salad dressing to this salad. Really easy to make...I've made it for Thanksgiving and Xmas dinner parties....huge hit with everybody!!!
Great Salad! I made it for a big crowd and there was none left. I've made it twice and the first time I used bottled poppy seed dressing from Wegmans. That tasted ok, but the second time I made the dressing from the recipe and it was much better! I will make this again often. Thanks!
Not a salad eater buy my sister in law made this and my husband and I were hooked. I then went on a salad rampage and made this the day after. I had more company during the week and made this again-we couldn't get enough. I did as one reviewer said and saved time and ingredients by using Brianna's Poppy Dressing. This ones a keeper.
This is my family's favourite salad. We try to have it every Christmas even though it is the peak of summer here
Excellent brought for a pot luck dinner and it was gone at the end of the meal
This salad and dressing is the BEST. Add Feta instead of swiss cheese and its even better! I have given this out a hundred times over. Dressing is great even on steak!
used pear and apple. don't need to use all the dressing.
The dressing is quite tasty! I used a handful of shallots because they were on hand, rather than onions. They gave it a nice, complimentary sharp flavor. I added candied walnuts and beemer cheese instead, very tasty!
This was a very good dressing. So much better than the bottle. A little goes a long way. Served the winter salad and dressing at a party and everyone loved it.
I made this for Christmas dinner and everyone loved it! I toasted the pecans and used cherry flavored craisins and also used a baby romaine mix (pre-washed). I had several requests for the recipe from my family.
Great salad. Perfect blend of flavors. We will be using this recipe often!
Good salad! I added a splash of balsamic vinegar to the dressing because I thought it was missing something.
Everyone loved this recipe, esp. the lemon vinaigrette. I subbed honey instead of sugar.
Fantastic. I did make one small change and used almonds (toasted) instead of cashews because I love them. Very very good. We couldn't stop eating it.
wonderful salad...made everything exactly except cut sugar down to 1/4 cup per other suggestions...I cut the apple and pear up right before serving...the next day they were still fresh looking and had not turned brown... I kept dressing on the side so each person could add the amount they wanted..delish!
Wanted something different for our Christmas dinner. This salad was perfect! Everyone raved about the salad and even ate more after the main dish. I wasn't sure if I would like the lemon flavor in the poppy dressing so I used half lemon juice and half vinegar. This Winter Salad will be our new Christmas tradition.
Love this salad, and friends request it all the time! Just be really careful about measuring the diced onions you put in the dressing. They can really overtake the yummy flavor if you accidently put too many in there!!
I had to improvise a bit with this one, but still came up with a lovely salad, worthy of 5 stars, as I’m sure the original is. I didn’t have a pear, so I just included more apple instead. And I didn’t have cashews, so I used toasted almond slivers. What put this over the top for me was the Swiss cheese – a wonderful addition. The dressing is exceptionally good and I’ll be trying it on other salads as well.
This is a nice salad with really good ingredients. We like fruit in our salads and having 3 kinds in the salad was very good. The dressing is light and adds a nice sweetness to the salad. I served this with 'White Chili VI' from AR and my version of the soup 'Spicy Chicken and Bean Soup'.
This is a delicious versatile salad recipe. The dressing is delicious, but not overwhelming, and very complementary of the other flavors. It was a great addition to our holiday menu.
Fresh. Yummy, exciting flavors
This salad was a huge hit at a dinner party I had this past weekend. Thanks for sharing it. I am going to make this again tomorrow for a potluck. This time I will not add all of the dressing. Although very tasty ... I felt like all of it was too much. Loved the salad.
This was a good salad. My husband and I liked it but my kids didn't.
Great salad! I will never buy bottled salad dressing again--this stuff was amazing.
I served this for Thanksgiving dinner this year. Everyone loved it (even the people I did not think would even want to try it). My mother said it was the best salad she has ever had.
Nice salad during off-seaon when the full variety of veggies are not available. Made half the quantity of dressing, which was perfect for us. Cut back the sugar to one quarter cup. Did a rough chop of the whole cashews and a fine grate of the swiss. Kids 14, 12 and 8 enjoyed.
Absolutely delicious and refreshing salad! I made a few changes because I did not have all of the ingredients! Instead of cranberries, I used fresh blue berries which tasted great! I also used Mozzarella instead of Swiss cheese. Finally, I used mixed nuts instead of cashews! The salad was so refreshing, I will definitely make it again!
This is a clever, yet simple, recipe that we absolutely love! Not being a fan of cashews or Swiss cheese, I've always omitted both in favor of pecans and sliced almonds, and bleu or feta cheese. Other things that take this salad from "good" to "WOW!" are the additions of fresh raspberries and dried apricots. I've also recently found a Blueberry Pomegranate bottled dressing (Maple Grove Farms brand(?)), with just the right kick of black pepper for this salad. Thanks so much for a great recipe!
I made this salad 4 times in one week. It is that good! Everyone at Christmas and my little boys birthday party loved it.
Very good! I made the salad dressing by omitting the poppy seeds and the mustard. Only used lemon juice and two tablespoons of sugar. Also I used carmelised pecans instead of cashews...perfect.
Very good! Typically we have a hard time getting people to eat salad at dinner but this one was a hit!
We liked this a lot. I didn't have a pear, so we just used the apple. (I sized this down to 4 servings.) I didn't enjoy the Swiss in it. I think I'd have preferred almost any other flavor of cheese, and will probably try it with Cheddar at some point. The dressing is very good and we particularly enjoyed the flavor of the dressing on the raw apples--in fact I can see eating a bowl of apples with this dressing on it as a side dish sometime! By the way, this exact same recipe by the same author is on here twice...don't forget to go rate that one too!
It went over well at Thanksgiving Dinner. I used less sugar, twice as many cranberries, and pre-washed/pre-washed lettuce. Also, the recipe doesn't specify a type of apple. So, I used a Granny Smith. It worked well.
Brought this to a potluck. I ommitted the cheese and replaced the cashews with almonds and reduced the sugar by half. It was still very sweet. Anyhow it was a huge hit and a coworker who does not eat vegetables asked for the recipe. I am making this again this week and trying with the swiss cheese.
Really delicious and a nice change from ordinary salads. I had a honey crisp apple to use in the salad and that made it even more delicious!
I was just looking for a way to use some fresh pears and stumbled on this recipe. My whole family was licking the bowl!!! Absolutely divine dressing paired with sweet, crunchy, tart, and salty. I could find no fault with this recipe except that it runs out too soon!!!
I made this for a dinner party and everyone loved it. A few small substitutions -- I used pecans, feta cheese, and red onion. The red onion gave dressing a pink tint. Cortland apples were a tasty choice. Washed the apple and pear well to leave skins on. I put a little dressing on the diced apples and pears to keep them from turning brown. Served the dressing on the side. The recipe made more dressing than needed. There were only 4 adults for dinner but this recipe would be enough for 6.
Wonderful dressing! Everyone loved it. Will make again and again and again!
This recipe goes straight to my list of very favourites. I was interested in making the roquefort pear salad from this site but due to a blue cheese phobia sufferer at my table, I opted for this one. Last night I followed the instructions as stated and it turned out beautifully. I served it with spaghetti and garlic bread. After tasting this salad I gave most of my spaghetti away and ate most of the salad myself. There was enough dressing to have it again tonight. All of the ingredients blend with each other but can still be individually tasted - That's why I like it so much. I do not doubt that many have served this salad and had numerous requests for the recipe. I would have asked for it myself for sure. This is definitely making an appearance on my Christmas menu. Absolutely brilliant!