Sunday, March 18, 2012

We're halfway through Lent already and the promise of Spring is here.  We were truly fortunate to have a mild winter this year, although mild doesn't even really express it.  People are already mowing lawns and doing all kinds of spring work.  I can't wait for the first lilac blossoms, but I must say I do miss the little crocuses that bravely poked up through the snow.  I tried to think of my favorite Celebrate Spring recipe and am having a hard time narrowing it down.  In the mean time, enjoy this yummy and pretty salad.

 Romaine Spring Salad

1 head, Romaine, torn
4 oz. shredded Swiss cheese
1 cup cashews
¼ C sweetened, dried cranberries (Craisins)
1 apple cubed (red)
1 pear cubed (Anjov or Bosc)

½ C. sugar
1/3 C. lemon juice (fresh preferred)
2 tsp. finely chopped onions
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
½ tsp. salt
2/3 C oil
1 T. poppy seeds