Main Dish | August 25, 2014

Chicken Salad with Cherry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Cherries just scream summer, yeah? Summer is also synonymous with salads, not just for the swimsuit factor, but the produce! My oh my how I miss California’s farmers’ markets! Absolute heaven! I love sustaining local growers and knowing where my produce comes from.  My favorite famers’ market picks are peaches, strawberries, tomatoes, and cherries. That, and honeycrisp apples, mini pumpkin doughnuts, and croissants during the fall on the east coast. Swoon.

chicken cherry salad with cherry balsamic dressing

Cherries are so lovely.

fresh cherries on a napkin

Cooking cherries brings out an entirely different flavor. It’s so wonderful and rich, you just want to savor it. I cooked the cherries for the cherry balsamic dressing, but you can also cook them to garnish. I left my cherries uncooked to garnish for the texture, but try it both ways! Get creative! PS I’m loving this balsamic glaze reduction I got from Trader Joe’s. It was perfect for this dressing flavor-wise and thickened it up perfectly. I plan on drizzling it over tomatoes and mozzarella real soon…

cherries on pan

Salty, crunchy pistachios, creamy, tart goat cheese, strong, flavorful red onions, cool, creamy avocado, and crispy and juicy cherries seriously make this salad a winner. Such a refreshing change from the norm.

cherry salad close up

Give your local cherries a try!

Cherry salad with cherries on the side with fork

 

5 from 1 vote
Chicken Salad with Cherry Balsamic Vinaigrette
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

The cherry salad that screeeaaams summer!

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cherry balsamic vinaigrette, chicken salad
Servings: 4 main course salads
Calories: 267 kcal
Author: Stephanie
Ingredients
  • 1 pint cherries pitted
  • 3 T EVOO divided
  • 3 T balsamic glaze
  • 3 t sugar
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1-2 chicken breasts
  • salt
  • pepper
  • spring salad mix
  • 1/4 red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado
  • handful pistachios shelled
  • handful crumbled goat cheese
Instructions
  1. Prepare dressing by heating 1 T of the EVOO in sauté pan over medium heat. Cook 1/2 c of the cherries until soft. Remove cherries from pan with slotted spoon and place into blender or food processor. Add remaining 2 T EVOO, balsamic glaze, sugar, and salt. Blend until smooth. Place in refrigerator to chill.
  2. Season both sides of chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Cook chicken breasts over medium heat in same sauté pan as cherries, using remaining oil from pan. Cook about 5-7 minutes, or until almost done. Remove from heat and cover with lid. Let rest.
  3. Assemble salad with remaining toppings over salad mix. Thinly slice chicken into strips. Top with dressing.
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Salad with Cherry Balsamic Vinaigrette
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 267 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 211mg 9%
Potassium 481mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 20g
Protein 13g 26%
Vitamin A 1.9%
Vitamin C 11.5%
Calcium 1.8%
Iron 3.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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