Wednesdays Unplugged – Winter Tossed Salad with homemade dressing



"The important thing is to never stop questioning." ~ Albert Einstein

 NOTE: I spend my Wednesdays Unplugged from appointments. It's my day to stay home, enjoy cooking and welcome our kids and grandkids for dinner in the evening. We end our meal with quotes from the Norwegian 'Quote Cup' passed on to me from my grandmother. I share a quote and a recipe here each week, and sometimes some photos of family fun. I love trying new recipes…and love getting recipes you would like to share!

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We spent last Friday with our grandkids at the Science Museum… a fun time was had by all, from building with wood to building with cardboard to mindbending puzzles. Personally, my favorite was watching the tornado form reminds me of growing up on the North Dakota prairie.
This week's recipe came from a cookbook from Mindekirken Norwegian Lutheran Church I got as a Christmas gift. I served it on New Year's Eve, when we always have fondue with longtime friends we met when we lived in Duluth. She said she had been served a similar salad and had been looking for the recipe. If any of you have also been looking for it, here it is!
WINTER TOSSED SALAD with homemade dressing
  • 1/2 cup sugar Winter salad
  • 1/3 cup cider or red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons onion, finely chopped (or 3/4 teaspoon onion powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2-3 teaspoons poppy seeds

In a blender or food processor combine the sugar, vinegar, lemon juice, onion and salt. Process until blended. With blender running, gradually add oil. Add poppy seeds and blend.


  • 10 cups romaine or lettuce, cut up
  • 1 cup Swiss cheese, shredded
  • 1 medium apple, cubed
  • 1 medium pear, cubed
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2-1 cup cashews, chopped

In a large bowl combine the romaine/lettuce, Swiss cheese, apple, pear and cranberries. Drizzle with desired amount of dressing. (you may not need all of it. The rest can be refrigerated for another time.) Add cashews and serve immediately.

Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results - Email - Minneapolis Realtor Who Cooks
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