Woodhouse Salad

sweet and savory salad recipe with nuts cranberries pears and apples

I have a friend, Ammie, who is THE salad queen.  She has given me several different salad recipes that are all unique and incredible.  What I love about this one is that it has a really nice blend of sweet and savory.  The nuts and lettuce provide the savory, and the fruit and dressing provide the sweet.  If you would like to make it an entree salad, you can add some cubed chicken to it. This makes LOTS of salad – perfect for a pot-luck or social, but you may want to half it if only a small family will be eating.  – Jessica


1-2 heads Romaine lettuce
1 cup cashews, toasted (I used almonds – any nut will do)
2 apples, cubed
2 pears, cubed
1 cup dried cranberries

3 Tbsp agave or honey (or 1/4 cup sugar)
3 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp finely chopped onion
1/2 tsp prepared mustard (I like Dijon)
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup oil (choose your favorite)
1 1/2 tsp poppy seeds


1.  SALAD:  Tear or slice the lettuce into bite-sized pieces.  Top with nuts, apples, pears, and cranberries.
2. DRESSING:  Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl or cruet with a lid.  Shake well.  (You could also blend it).  There will be more dressing than you need for this salad, so don’t pour it all on.  Right before serving, pour on just enough dressing to coat, and then toss the salad.  OR, if you expect to have left over salad, serve the dressing on the side so that the lettuce doesn’t wilt.

One Response to Woodhouse Salad

  1. Jodi says:

    We made this salad last night and loved it. I used honey for the sweetener and it was great. Will be making again soon. Thanks for the recipe Jessica.

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