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Lemon Poppyseed Dressing + Winter Romaine Salad

Homemade Lemon Poppyseed Dressing goes great on any salad, but I LOVE it on this winter romaine salad with fruit. The dressing has the perfect balance of sweet and tangy!
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Salad, salad dressing
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade salad dressing, homemade vinaigrette dressing, romaine salad with fruits
Servings: 6
Calories: 433kcal
Author: Lori


Ingredients - Salad:

  • 1 large head of romaine lettuce rinsed, drained & chopped
  • 1 pear sliced
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup Romano cheese shredded
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries

Ingredients - Dressing:

  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoon sweet onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2/3 cups canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds


  • Add salad ingredients to a large bowl and toss to combine.
  • Combine dressing ingredients EXCEPT for poppy seeds. Blend until combined. Add poppy seeds to dressing after blending and stir.
  • Toss dressing with salad ingredients just before serving. You may not need all the dressing.


  • Substitutions:
    • Swiss or White cheddar cheese for Romano
    • Chow mein noodles for sunflower seeds
    • Apples for pears
    • Mixed greens or baby spinach for romaine
    • Use Garden Italian lemon juice from the produce section if you don't have lemons
  • Refrigerate leftovers.


Calories: 433kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 406mg | Potassium: 155mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 490IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 200mg | Iron: 1mg