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Cherry Balsamic Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Author Chelsea, inspired by Zupas' Cherry & Grape Salad

Ingredients

Dressing

  • 5 tablespoons 100% cherry juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard don't use regular mustard

Salad

  • 5-6 cups mixed greens lettuce 5 ounces
  • 1 large pear or canned pears are delicious
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup red grapes
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese
  • Optional: add some sliced strawberries!

Instructions

  1. Pulse together all of the dressing ingredients in a blender.
  2. For the salad: thinly slice a large pear and toss with the lemon juice. Alternatively use canned pears
  3. Slice the red grapes in half (or leave whole).
  4. If desired toast the almonds: add the sliced almonds in a single layer to a completely dry skillet (don't add any oil) and place on medium-high heat (don't want it too hot or they will burn). Stir the almonds every 15 seconds for about 1-2 minutes or until the color slightly darkens and they start to smell good. Watch these carefully as they can go from perfectly toasted to burned quickly!
  5. Add the sliced pears, sliced grapes, almonds, and dried cherries to the mixed greens lettuce.
  6. Toss with the dressing and add feta cheese.
  7. The quantities of ingredients are a general guideline. Add more or less of your favorite salad fixings depending on your personal preference :)

Recipe Notes

This salad (like most) aren't very great leftover. If you aren't eating this immediately, keep the ingredients separate from the dressing and only toss with the dressing right before eating. Top with feta after dressing the salad.