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Spinach Chicken Salad with Cherries

August 28, 2011

Spinach Chicken Salad with Cherries

Spinach Chicken Salad with Cherries

It’s that time of year again, kids are getting ready to head back to school, nights are getting longer, soon the leaves will be changing color and fall will be upon us.  Yes, summer is coming to an end, and quickly too.  So, what does this mean?  This means that we have to start taking care to utilize every moment there is left of summer.  To me, it means eating as much fresh “in season” produce as possible.  Soon, I will have to start resorting to frozen fruits throughout the winter.  I am trying to jam as many fresh fruits and vegetables into my cooking, baking and my face as possible.  I am sad to bring this to your attention but shortly you won’t be able to go to the grocery store or markets and buy fresh cherries.  You have to make this salad as soon as possible.  This is an order.  If you are a fan of cherries you’ll truly appreciate this salad it is nourishing and simple.

Spinach Chicken Salad with Cherries

Ingredients

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon honey

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper

1 pound chicken cutlets

5 cups fresh baby spinach

2 1/3 cups Bing cherries, pitted and halved

1/4 cup walnut pieces

To Prepare the salads

In a small bowl, Whisk together red wine vinegar and honey. Slowly whisk in olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Add 1/3 cherries and let stand for 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Using a food processor puree the dressing until smooth.  Set dressing aside.

In a large non-stick fry pan, heat oil over medium-high. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Working in batches, cook until opaque throughout, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Thinly slice chicken crosswise.

Divide the spinach among four plates; top with chicken, the remaining cherries, and walnuts. Serve salad with dressing alongside.

Makes 4 servings

Spinach Chicken Salad with Cherries
Spinach Chicken Salad with Cherries

Cherries aren’t only for baking pies and tarts– these juicy, ruby red summer beauties are ripe for the picking in this light and refreshing salad.

From our kitchen to yours,
Sydney Jones

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 28, 2011 7:11 pm

    Beautiful salad! Cherries are one of the summer fruits that I will miss the most! : (

    • August 29, 2011 2:28 pm

      Cherries are never around long enough for my liking, I will miss them too.

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