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This delicious easy Cherry Vinaigrette recipe is a perfect way to add some seasonal produce and all its nutrients to your next salad!
I love playing around with vinaigrettes. There are just so many ways you can blend up good salad dressing while including fresh, seasonal produce. It’s really pretty amazing. I mean, salad just tastes so delicious with a freshly made vinaigrette!
They are fast and easy to blend up too. For this recipe, I actually only had frozen cherries on hand, so I thawed them a bit and dumped them in the blender. But fresh cherries will work just as well here. The critical thing is to be SURE you have removed all the pits. It does tend to ruin an entire batch of delicious dressing when you end up blending hard seed into the batch. Trust me, it’s tough to salvage something like that!
What Is The Formula For Vinaigrette Dressing?
The standard formula for vinaigrette dressing is 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar. However, this can be adjusted to suit your tastes. Not everyone will enjoy this ratio, and certainly, the ratios can change a bit based on the recipe you are making.
What Is Vinaigrette Vs. Vinegar?
Vinegar is just vinegar, while vinaigrette is a dressing that contains vinegar.
Are Vinaigrettes Healthy?
If you use healthy ingredients, there is no reason for them not to be as long as you use them in moderation.
What Kinds Of Salads Can You Put This On?
Rather than talk about types of salads, it’s better to talk about what kinds of ingredients will work well in a salad with this dressing.
- Green mix
- Vegetables – such as carrots, celery, cucumbers, etc.
- Fresh spinach
- Feta cheese
About The Ingredients
Sweet Cherries – Fresh or frozen. No sugar added, and pits removed. You can use tart cherries if that’s what you have. But you will probably need to add a bit of sweetener to taste. Honey is a good option for this.
Oil – Any light-flavored oil you’d like to use will do here. I used grapeseed oil, but avocado oil or even a light extra virgin olive oil would also work well here.
Balsamic vinegar – Just the plain stuff. Nothing flavored.
Garlic granules – Or powder.
Ground black pepper
How To Make Cherry Vinaigrette
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Storing Cherry Vinaigrette
Store this in an airtight container such as a mason jar and store it in the fridge for up to a week.
Freezing is not recommended for this recipe. This should only be kept in the refrigerator.
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- 1 cup fresh or frozen and thawed cherries (no sugar added, pits removed)
- 1 cup light-flavored oil (I used grapeseed oil)
- ¾ cup balsamic vinegar
- ¼ tsp. garlic granules (or powder)
- ¼ tsp. sea salt
- ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.