Christmas Party Salad

 3 heads romaine lettuce (one package) washed (or red leaf lettuce or combination)

1 large honey crisp or similar apple

3 carrots, peeled

1 large ripe Bartlett pear

Cheddar, shredded

One bottle manzanilla olives, drained

½ c chopped walnuts

(optional) ¼ c dried cranberries (or pomegranate seeds –red for the Christmas theme)

 In a large flat bowl, place 3 heads of torn romaine lettuce – I like to remove the large spines on the outer leaves….  Cut apple and pear into rough quarters, and remove cores.  Slice, very thinly, in Cuisinart fitted with slicing blade, or mandoline, carrots and apple.  Pile into middle of salad.  Cut pear into small slices lengthwise and arrange around pile of carrot and apple as if they were spokes of a wheel…..  Place cheddar on pile of carrots and apple.  Sprinkle nuts and cranberries on top of the whole salad.  Place Olives around the corners of the bowl.  Pour the dressing below over.

 In a Mason Jar place:

 ¼ c. olive oil

¼ c. fresh squeezed lemon juice

2 tbs. sugar

2 tsp oregano (or to taste.)

Sprinkle of salt and pepper (to taste)

 Shake dressing until well combined and sugar dissolved.  Drizzle slowly and thickly over the whole salad.  (Lemon juice will keep the apples and pears fresh.)  Don’t toss until serving.