This toasted pine nut and cherry salad is made from five simple ingredients and packs some serious flavor. It’s bright, fresh and beyond delicious. The creamy, tangy goat cheese pairs perfectly with the sweet seasonal cherries. Topped with toasted pine nuts for an extra punch of nuttiness and this combination is hard to resist. You guys are going to love this simple and fresh salad. It’s honestly one of my favorite salads of all time! 

For a heartier meal, add your favorite protein. Grilled chicken or salmon would work perfectly. You could also probably get away with a piece of grilled flaky halibut too. This salad is easy to make and goes well with so many different meals.

Toasted Pine Nut and Cherry Salad – Healthyish Foods

About this recipe

For this cherry salad recipe, I made a simple yet flavorful red wine vinaigrette dressing. Personally, I like to serve the dressing on the side, but you can toss the spinach in the dressing as well. Either way, you will not need to use all of the dressing for this recipe. You can store the extra dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Use it on salads, in sandwiches, or as a marinade for chicken. It will last up to a week in the refrigerator.

What makes it Healthyish?

Cherries are known for their anti-inflammatory properties. They help decrease inflammation in the joints and muscles by lowering uric acid levels in the body. This can decrease painful arthritis and even help relieve symptoms of gout. (1)

Looking for more salad recipes to try this summer? Try my Mediterranean Salmon Salad or my Chicken Salad. The chicken salad is perfect for lunch through the week or as a quick and easy weeknight dinner. My Pizza Pasta Salad is a great way to use any leftover red wine vinaigrette too.

Toasted Pine Nut and Cherry Salad – Healthyish Foods
Toasted Pine Nut and Cherry Salad – Healthyish Foods

Toasted Pine Nut and Cherry Salad

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Salad Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups sliced cherries , remove pit
  • 3-4 cups fresh baby spinach, you can mix in some arugula too if you like
  • cup crumbled goat cheese
  • cup pine nuts , lightly toasted in a skillet

Red Wine Vinaigrette

  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1.5 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • pinch cracked black pepper


  • mixing bowl
  • platter
  • skillet


Prepare the dressing:

  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the olive oil, red wine vinegar, dijon mustard, honey, salt and pepper. Whisk until well combined. You will not need to use all of the dressing on this salad.

Prepare the salad:

  • Grab a large mixing bowl. Add the washed and dried baby spinach to the bowl.
  • Gently toss the spinach with 2 tablespoons of the homemade dressing. You will have extra dressing you can use through week.

Assemble the dish:

  • Add the dressed spinach to a platter.
  • Slice the cherries using a knife and make sure the pits are removed. Add sliced cherries on top of the spinach.
  • Next, you grab a small skillet and over medium heat toast your pine nuts. Stir them frequently to prevent burning.
  • Once they are golden brown, remove them from the heat. Allow them to cool before adding them to the salad. Otherwise, they could wilt the spinach.
  • Top everything with crumbled goat cheese. Serve and enjoy!