Spinach and arugula salad with juicy chicken, goat cheese, almonds, and a naturally sweetened black cherry balsamic vinaigrette.
I had a chicken, goat cheese, and black cherry balsamic vinaigrette salad at Nordstrom Cafe many months ago, and I’ve been dreaming of recreating it ever since. The balsamic balances out the sweetness of the cherries and creates a nice, bold flavor. Combine that with crunchy slivered almonds, huge chunks of goat cheese, and perfectly cooked chicken. No boring salads here people! This one is healthy, filling, and delicious. I’m not sure how Nordstrom makes their vinaigrette, but this one uses real cherries (not just the juice), and has only honey as an added sweetener. Yay!
August is the last month that dark cherries are in season, which is sad, but also means that this salad needs to get on your meal calendar ASAP.
It takes six ingredients to make this all natural dressing. You’re starting line-up: Black cherries, balsamic vinegar, canola oil, garlic, apple cider vinegar, and honey. Start by boiling your pitted cherries, balsamic vinegar, and minced garlic, stirring occassionally. The cherries will cook down into a thick, dark syrup after 20 minutes.