Created on October 24th, 2006
In a food processor or blender, combine sugar, lemon juice, onion, mustard and salt. Process until well blended. With machine running, add oil in a slow steady stream until mixture is thick and smooth. Add poppy seeds and process a few seconds more.
In a large serving bowl, combine the romaine lettuce, shredded cheese, nuts, cranberries, apples and pears. Toss to mix then p our dressing over salad just before serving and toss to coat.