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Fresh Apple Pear Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

Apple Pear Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing is the perfect combination of flavors and textures. It’s sweet, salty, crunchy, and delicious!

Top-down photo of a lettuce salad in a white bowl topped with cashews, cranberries, pears, apples, and grated Swiss cheese. Small bowls of dressing, cheese, cashews, and cranberries sit in the background.

I NEVER used to eat salad as a meal. The salad was a side dish that started the meal. That is until I started eating salads like this Apple Pear Salad with Lemon Poppyseed dressing.

I don’t want a salad as a meal to feel like a punishment. You know, the salads you prepare once you’ve gone on a calorie binge for a week? Just me?

I want a salad like this Apple salad. It’s stuffed with fresh apple and pear and doesn’t stop there. Salty Swiss cheese, cashews, and craisins are added to the mix and all topped with a sweet tangy Lemon Poppyseed dressing.

When I have a salad like this Apple Salad Recipe I can walk away satisfied without feeling weighed down followed by the inevitable food coma that zaps any momentum that I had before my meal.

Apple Pear Salad variations

Make this salad your own. I can’t think of a soul that wouldn’t like the Lemon Poppyseed dressing. Drizzle it on your own creation. Here are a few ideas:

  • Bacon – add it and don’t look back. Everything’s better with bacon right?
  • Use any cheese you like. I like shredding my own because I think it tastes fresher. A time saver is buying pre-shredded.
  • Use all apples or pears or any fresh fruit you want. I do recommend using fresh fruit and cutting right before you want to eat the salad, Fresh cut fruit doesn’t look very pretty if you try and do it too far ahead of time.
  • Add chicken or turkey for a boost of protein.
  • Cashews can be replaced with any nut. Walnuts and almonds can help you feel full.
  • Lemon Poppyseed dressing, not your thing? How about a delicious Balsamic Vinaigrette?
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Top-down photo of a lettuce salad in a white bowl topped with cashews, cranberries, pears, apples, and grated Swiss cheese. The title \"Apple Pear Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing runs across the bottom.

A few items you may need to make this Apple Pear Salad recipe:

  • Salad Spinner – The bag says triple washed yet people still get sick from eating contaminated lettuce. I wash and spin dry all my lettuce. It removes bugs from organic produce and extra dirt that doesn’t like to rinse off too. I use it for fruit, herbs, and greens.
  • Salad Dressing Shaker – I like this one because I can mix, store, and serve all from the same container. I have two of them because I often have more than one kind of dressing mixed up.
  • Salad Serving Bowl – Even if it’s just family, I love serving salad from a beautiful bowl. This bowl is great for snacks such as popcorn too which makes it perfect for the next party!
Angled photo of a green salad topped with apples, pears, cheese, cashews and craisins. Small white bowls hold extra dressing, cashews, cheese and craisins behind the salad bowl.
Close up of a lettuce salad in a white bowl topped with cashews, cranberries, pears, apples and grated swiss cheese

Apple Pear Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

Author: Julie Menghini
Apple Pear Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing is the perfect combination of flavors and textures. It's sweet, salty, crunchy, and delicious!
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword: apple pear salad, apple salad, Green Salad with Sweet Poppyseed Dressing
Servings: 6

Ingredients
  

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar you can substitute with honey
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice 1½-2 lemons
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 green onions chopped (white and green parts)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds
  • 2/3 cups vegetable oil or canola (neutral) oil

Salad

  • 2 heads Lettuce greens of your choice torn to bite-size pieces
  • 1 cup cashews lightly chopped
  • ½ cup craisins
  • 1 apple diced
  • 1 pear cubed
  • 1 cup Swiss cheese shredded

Instructions
 

  • Combine dressing ingredients and mix well. Right before serving, combine salad ingredients and drizzle with dressing. Reserve any extra dressing in the refrigerator for future use.

Nutrition

Calories: 418kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 8gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 195mgPotassium: 380mgFiber: 4gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 846IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 149mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

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Recipe Rating




Jess

Tuesday 19th of January 2021

Love the sweet and salty crunch this salad offers!

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 19th of January 2021

Thank you, Jess! It's one of our favorites!

Deb Clark

Sunday 1st of March 2020

We loved all the bright fresh flavors of this salad - 5 stars!!!

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 3rd of March 2020

Thank you! We love this one too!

Jennifer A Stewart

Tuesday 20th of August 2019

My grandma used to make pear salads all the time but this one blows her out of the water!

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 21st of August 2019

Poor G-ma LOL! Thank you, Jennifer!

Lisa Hitzeman

Monday 19th of August 2019

This salad is absolutely awesome! It has so much flavor going on and it's perfect as a main dish!

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 21st of August 2019

Thank you, Lisa!

Sandra Shaffer

Sunday 18th of August 2019

Hearty salads are the best meals for me to pack up and eat for my lunch on the go! I kept the dressing separate and add just before eating. The Swiss cheese really compliments the flavors in this apple pear salad! Will definitely be making again.

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 21st of August 2019

I agree, Sandra! Thank you!