This toasted pine nut and cherry salad recipe 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! 

Toasted Pine Nut and Cherry Salad – Healthyish Foods

About this recipe

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 cherry salad is easy to make and goes well with so many different meals.

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. Use as much or as little dressing as you like. You can store the extra dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Use it on salads, sandwiches, or as a marinade for chicken. It will last up to a week in the refrigerator.

Toasted Pine Nut and Cherry Salad – Healthyish Foods

Health facts

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

This toasted pine nut and cherry salad recipe is made from five simple ingredients and packs some serious flavor. It’s bright, fresh and beyond delicious.
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Ingredients

Salad Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups cherries , sliced, remove pit
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach, packed , 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

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice , fresh squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • pinch cracked black pepper

Equipment

  • mixing bowl
  • platter
  • skillet

Instructions 

Prepare the dressing:

  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, honey, salt and pepper. Whisk until well combined.

Prepare the salad:

  • Grab a large mixing bowl. Add the washed and dried baby spinach to the bowl.
  • Gently toss the spinach with some of homemade dressing. Use as much or little as you like.

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!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 304kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 9mg, Sodium: 254mg, Potassium: 366mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 3046IU, Vitamin C: 14mg, Calcium: 67mg, Iron: 2mg