Anyone whoever visited Cool Beans Cafe near my house probably had this salad. When the cafe closed, I found I could create it at home with ingredients from the SimplyCooking® Pantry. The last post featured dried cherries in scones. SimplyCooking® recipes also use dried cherries in chutney, granola and many other side salads and accompaniments. The SimplyCooking® philosophy is that a huge variety of ingredients do not need to be stocked in the kitchen; that a smaller variety of quality ingredients lends itself best to cooking fine food on a daily basis. The SimplyCooking® recipes we blog about use the ingredients on the SimplyCooking® Pantry Checklist and dried cherries (or cranberries) is on the list. In SimplyCooking recipes dried cranberries and cherries can be used interchangeably. Right now I wish I had bought more dried cherries from Summertime Market in Michigan. Their dried Michigan cherries were large, plump and delicious. Dried fruit keeps quite well stored in glass jars with an airtight clamp. It's attractive left on the counter; nibble on a handful, mix some with a few chocolate chips for dessert in a packed lunch.
Dried cherries are indispensable in the SimplyCooking® Pantry and Cheery Cherry Salad is a cornerstone of happy salad making.
cheery cherry salad
Dried cherries (or cranberries)
Red onion, sliced
Feta or blue cheese, crumbled
Place washed and dried greens in a serving bowl. Dice an apple and place it in a bowl and toss with 1 Tbsp. vinaigrette and 2 Tbsp. water. Top the greens with the apple, dried cherries, sliced red onion, crumbled feta cheese and pecans. Toss with desired amount of vinaigrette.
4 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
Salt, Celtic Sea Salt, preferable
Freshlly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 cup olive oil
Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl.