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Apple-Pear Salad and a Birthday Celebration

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Apple Pear Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
Prep Time 5 minutes
This Apple Pear Salad has all the best flavors of fall - apples, pears, and cranberries - tossed with a delicious poppy seed dressing.

Last Saturday my sisters and I had the honor and privilege of celebrating the birthday of one of the two most influential people in our lives – our mother. It was an afternoon full of fun, laughter and good food shared with Mama and many of her closest friends. Enjoy the photos! Oh, and of course, there’s a recipe at the end.

Party invitation
An enlargement of the party invitation sat on a side table in the foyer. That’s Mama as a third grader! Wasn’t she the cutest little thing?
Dining Room
Place setting
The place settings were a mix of china patterns with a rattan charger.
The centerpiece on the main table – lilies, roses and mums.
There was an additional table in the foyer to accommodate more guests.
Kitchen table
And a casual table setting for the kitchen help (i.e., my sisters, nieces and brother-in-law).
Mama with Mimosa in hand
As the guests arrived, they were greeted with champagne mimosas and cheese straws.
Lunch was chicken salad served atop a Parmesan puff pastry round with a side of oven roasted asparagus and an Apple-Pear Salad. You’ll find that recipe at the end of this post.
My sister, Miss P. You may have seen her frequent comments on the blog.
Marcie & Girls
My youngest sister and her three girls. What a beautiful group!
Mama blowing out the candles
And, of course, we had birthday cake! An old-fashioned 15-layer chocolate cake dusted with edible glitter. It was sliced and served on a little puddle of raspberry sauce. Yum.

I think everyone at the party had a great time laughing and talking and celebrating Mama’s special day. I know we “girls” did! Here’s a huge “thank you” to both my sisters for everything they did to pull this day together. And, just in case you’re interested, the birthday we were celebrating was her 75th. Yes, you read that right – 75. She doesn’t look anywhere close to 75, does she?

This Apple Pear Salad has all the best flavors of fall - apples, pears, and cranberries - tossed with a delicious poppy seed dressing.

And, as promised, down b the recipe for that delicious Apple-Pear Salad we served.


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This Apple Pear Salad has all the best flavors of fall - apples, pears, and cranberries - tossed with a delicious poppy seed dressing.

Apple-Pear Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

Apple Pear Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
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Course: Salads
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 443kcal
Author: Lana Stuart


For the salad:

  • 1 lb. ready-to-serve Butter Lettuce
  • 6 oz. Swiss or Gruyere cheese shaved
  • 1 cup roasted salted cashews
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 large apple thinly sliced
  • 1 large pear thinly sliced

For the dressing:

  • 2/3 cup extra light olive oil
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ½ tblsp. poppy seeds
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped shallot
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp. salt


To make the dressing:

  • Process all ingredients in a blender until smooth. May be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week. Serve at room temperature.

To assemble the salad:

  • Toss together all ingredients in a large bowl. Serve with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing.


Adapted from an original recipe in Southern Living magazine, March 2007.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1 | Calories: 443kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 326mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 27g

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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  1. What a special celebration! And this salad looks just wonderful. Thanks for linking up at my salad blog hop!

  2. Sorry I’m so late to the party – been traveling and dealing with sketchy wifi :) I heart this salad and, even though I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, I’m curious to see a 15-layer chocolate cake! What a sweet thing to do for your precious mother – beautiful party; I love the china and the centerpiece!

  3. All of you girls are just beautiful. You all look so much alike.
    And the setting was gorgeous.
    What a special day.
    Thanks for sharing.
    The recipe sounds delish. Printing it out now and thinking about having it the day after Thanksgiving. For some reason that just sounds perfect for us.
    Thanks Lana :)

  4. What a fantastic party! I’m sure your mum felt as honored as you and your sister’s did to have her! Really lovely :)
    Mary x

  5. Happy Belated Birthday to your Mom. I love her name, India. Everything looked beautiful and your recipe sounds delicious. Thank you so much for the peek into your family’s fun :D

    1. Thanks, Red. I should have gotten a photo of the four Indias! My grandmother, mother, sister and niece all have the first name India.

    2. We love passing down the female names in our family! How awesome is it to have four living generations of “India’s” at once.

  6. What a wonderful event and I’m sure it was filled with good memories to cherish. You have a beautiful family.