This is a great salad with lots of taste sensations and a sweet poppy seed dressing. You can substitute mandarin oranges and dried cranberries for the strawberries if you'd like.

1/4 cup sugar

1/3 cup slivered almonds

1 bunch romaine, torn

1 small onion, halved and thinly sliced

2 cups halved fresh strawberries

Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing

1/4 cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon sour cream

1 tablespoon milk

2 1/4 teaspoons cider vinegar

1 1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds

In a small heavy skillet over medium-low heat, cook and stir the sugar until melted and carmel in color, about 10 minutes. Stir in almonds until coated. Spread on foil to cool; break into small pieces. In a large bowl, combine the romaine, onion, and strawberries. Combine the dressing ingredients; drizzle over salad and toss to coat. Sprinkle with coated almonds. Yield: 10 servings.