Home > Salads > Cherry Balsamic Salad Dressing Cherry Balsamic Salad Dressing February 4, 2020 | 9 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. A simple salad of mixed greens with red grapes, pear, almonds, dried sweet cherries, and crumbled feta. Drizzle on a delicious Cherry Balsamic Salad Dressing for the perfect finishing touch! This recipe is based off a similar salad that I tried a few weeks ago and fell in love with. When reading that there were grapes in the salad I was a little intrigued and thought it might be a little weird. And now, after having that salad and creating this similar one, I’m pretty sure I will put grapes in all my salads from here on out. The grapes totally work in this fruity salad, and they are insanely good when coated in Cherry Balsamic Salad Dressing! What cherry juice goes in this dressing? The definite star of the dressing is the cherry juice. I recommend using a juice that is 100% black cherry juice. You can be sure the juice is 100% cherry by reading the ingredients; the only ingredient should be cherries. If it has filtered water, it will be watered down and probably less flavorful. I’ve used the R.W. Knudsen Just Black Cherry Juice® and highly recommend it (the ingredients read: juice from ripe, whole black cherries). I’ve also used 100% Black Cherry Juice® made by Great Value. Any black cherry juice works as long as you make sure it is in fact, all cherries. Salad substitutions Use dried cranberries instead of dried cherries. Or use dried tart cherries instead of dried sweet cherries. Dried tart cherries do pair nicely with Cherry Balsamic Salad Dressing. Add sliced strawberries to the salad. Add a ripe, chopped avocado. Candy or toast the almonds or buy pre-roasted honey almonds Replace the fresh pear for canned pears if pears aren’t in season. Use bleu cheese, Gorgonzola, or goat cheese in place of the feta cheese. Replace the sugar with honey in Cherry Balsamic Salad Dressing (start with 1-2 tablespoons honey; honey and white sugar aren’t a 1:1 substitution). Leftover Cherry Balsamic Salad Dressing This recipe probably will make more dressing than you’ll want on the actual salad (unless you really love lots of salad dressing). The dressing stores in an airtight container in the fridge for 5-7 days, so while you could halve the dressing recipe, why not make the full amount and use it on other salads throughout the week? Drizzle leftover Cherry Balsamic Salad Dressing on any green salads throughout the week. Or get creative and use the leftover dressing in one of these ways! More fruity salad recipes Strawberry Salad with a citrus vinaigrette Apple Salad with an apple cider vinaigrette Mandarin Orange Salad with an orange poppy seed dressing Strawberry Avocado Salad with candied almonds Fruit Salad Recipe with tons of mixed fruit! FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Cherry Balsamic Salad Dressing 5 from 2 votes - Review this recipe A simple salad with mixed greens, red grapes, pear, almonds, dried sweet cherries, and crumbled feta. Drizzle o delicious Cherry Balsamic Salad Dressing for the perfect finishing touch! SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Cherry Balsamic Salad Dressing 5 from 2 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe A simple salad with mixed greens, red grapes, pear, almonds, dried sweet cherries, and crumbled feta. Drizzle o delicious Cherry Balsamic Salad Dressing for the perfect finishing touch! Course Salad Cuisine American Keyword Cherry Balsamic Salad Dressing Prep Time 20 minutes Total Time 20 minutes Servings 4 -6 Calories 216kcal Cost $9.72 IngredientsDressing5 tablespoons 100% black cherry juice2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar3 tablespoons white sugar1/4 teaspoon onion powder1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard don't use regular mustard3 tablespoons good quality olive oilSalad5-6 cups mixed greens (5 ounces)1 large pear, thinly sliced2 teaspoons lemon juice3/4 cup red grapes1/2 cup sliced almonds1/2 cup dried cherries1/3 cup feta cheeseOptional: sliced strawberries InstructionsDRESSING: Combine all the ingredients except the olive oil in a small blender jar; pulse until combined. Drizzle in the olive oil, and pulse again until just combined and emulsified. Alternatively, combine all the ingredients in a mason jar and shake until well combined. You may need to stir up the sugar as it has a tendency to settle on the bottom.ALMONDS: If desired, toast the almonds (optional) by adding the sliced almonds in a single layer to a completely dry skillet (don't add any oil) and place on medium-high heat. Stir the almonds every 15 seconds for about 1-2 minutes or until the color slightly darkens and they start to smell good, but watch carefully to prevent burning. You can also use honey-roasted almonds in this salad.SALAD: Thinly slice a large pear and toss with the lemon juice. Slice the red grapes in half. Add the sliced pears, sliced grapes, almonds, and dried cherries to the mixed greens.DRESSING: Toss with the dressing (add to preference, you may not want to add it all) and sprinkle feta cheese on top.STORAGE: This salad (like most) doesn't make good leftovers. If you aren't eating this immediately, keep the ingredients separate from the dressing and toss right before eating. Top with feta after dressing the salad. Video Recipe NotesNote 1: The ingredient quantities are a general guideline. Add more or less of your favorite salad fixings depending on your personal preference. Note 2: These calories are for a serving of the salad with dressing. There are only 84 calories in a serving of just the dressing. Nutrition FactsServing: 6servings | Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 25.1g | Protein: 4.8g | Fat: 15.1g | Cholesterol: 7.4mg | Sodium: 80.3mg | Fiber: 4.7g | Sugar: 16.2g DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.