Dried cranberries, pecans and blue cheese come together with a slightly sweet poppy seed dressing. This salad is becoming a tradition during the holiday season for us, served at our Christmas dinner. With the mix of sweet and salty, it’s the perfect introduction to the rich foods that follow.
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The dressing for the salad comes together quickly. Homemade mayonnaise and Greek yogurt meet apple cider vinegar and a bit of orange blossom honey. Of course, there are also poppy seeds.
Mix it all together.
We use all romaine for this. It provides the right amount of crunch to contrast the chewy cranberries.
Top the romaine with toasted pecans, cranberries, scallions and blue cheese, and then wait until you’re ready to serve to add the dressing and toss.
This cranberry salad with poppy seed dressing is one both kids and adults appreciate. Something about the little bursts of cranberries paired with salty cheese bits and crunchy pecans keeps us coming back year after year for more.
3 heads romaine lettuce, chopped
1 cup pecans, toasted
1 cup dried cranberries
4-5 scallions, finely chopped
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
optional for main dish: 2 grilled chicken breasts, sliced thinly
Poppy Seed Dressing (below)
Toss together romaine, pecans, dried cranberries, scallions and blue cheese. Pour dressing over and toss to combine. Serve immediately.
Poppy Seed Dressing
1/2 cup homemade mayonnaise (or jarred)
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
3 tablespoons honey or sugar
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons poppy seeds
Mix together all ingredients until creamy. Pour over salad and toss just before serving.
Makes 10 side salads or 5 large salads.