A scrumptious combined greens salad with pink grapes, anjou pear, sliced almonds, dried cherries, and crumbled feta. Lined with a simple blender cherry candy balsamic French dressing. 

The easiest blender cherry balsamic dressing on a simple Zupas copycat salad! Grapes, pear, almonds, and dried cherries on a bed of mixed greens

This salad could not look pretty much as good as I hoped it will (and belief me I actually tried!), however it’s completely one of many finest tasting salads ever. Including a darkish cherry juice to balsamic vinegar gave the dressing a random shade of brown that’s lower than tremendous interesting… BUT don’t low cost this salad primarily based off the odd (okay, nice, gross) coloured dressing!

After which there are grapes. Okay, however simply hear me out! ☺️ This recipe is primarily based off the same salad that I attempted a number of weeks in the past (Zupas!) and fell in love with. When studying that there have been grapes within the salad I used to be a bit of intrigued and can freely admit I assumed it may be a bit of bizarre. And now after having that salad and this comparable one, I’m fairly positive I’ll put grapes in all my salads from right here on out! The grapes completely work on this fruity salad, the identical method that cherry tomatoes are scrumptious in a veggie salad. ??
The easiest blender cherry balsamic dressing on a simple Zupas copycat salad! Grapes, pear, almonds, and dried cherries on a bed of mixed greens

The easiest blender cherry balsamic dressing on a simple Zupas copycat salad! Grapes, pear, almonds, and dried cherries on a bed of mixed greens

The easiest blender cherry balsamic dressing on a simple Zupas copycat salad! Grapes, pear, almonds, and dried cherries on a bed of mixed greens

Like just about all my salad recipes, this candy cherry balsamic dressing is extremely simple to make. And completely price the additional 5 minutes of prep time!

The particular star of the dressing is the cherry juice. I like to recommend utilizing a juice that has 100% cherry. You can also make positive the juice is 100% cherry by studying the elements — the one ingredient ought to be cherries. If it has filtered water, will probably be watered down and possibly much less flavorful. In case you’re questioning, I take advantage of the R.W. Knudsen Simply Black Cherry Juice and extremely suggest it (The elements learn: juice from ripe, entire black cherries) However any cherry juice works so long as you be certain that it’s in reality, all cherries ??

The easiest blender cherry balsamic dressing on a simple Zupas copycat salad! Grapes, pear, almonds, and dried cherries on a bed of mixed greens

There are additionally dried cherries on this salad that are loopy good! Dried cranberries will even work. And since we’ve made this salad so many occasions (I attempt to all the time make a salad with our dinner) a number of different issues we’ve tried and cherished: sliced strawberries (DO IT!), including a chopped avocado, toasting the almonds, canned pears (in all their sugary syrup goodness – they’re scrumptious on this!) and utilizing crumbled bleu cheese as an alternative of feta. We’ve additionally made it with no cheese in any respect and it’s nonetheless so good!

I don’t assume you may go unsuitable with too many additions when protecting them within the scrumptious candy cherry dressing!
The easiest blender cherry balsamic dressing on a simple Zupas copycat salad! Grapes, pear, almonds, and dried cherries on a bed of mixed greens

 

Cherry Balsamic Salad

Servings: 4 -6

Writer: Chelsea, impressed by Zupas’ Cherry & Grape Salad

Substances

Dressing

  • 5
    tablespoons
    100% cherry juice
  • 3
    tablespoons
    olive oil
  • 2
    tablespoons
    balsamic vinegar
  • 3
    tablespoons
    white sugar
  • 1/4
    teaspoon
    onion powder
  • half
    teaspoon
    dijon mustard
    do not use common mustard

Salad

  • 5-6
    cups
    combined greens lettuce
    5 ounces
  • 1
    giant pear or canned pears are scrumptious
  • 2
    teaspoons
    lemon juice
  • 3/4
    cup
    pink grapes
  • half
    cup
    sliced almonds
  • half
    cup
    dried cherries
  • 1/3
    cup
    feta cheese
  • Non-obligatory: add some sliced strawberries!

Directions

  1. Pulse collectively all the dressing elements in a blender.

  2. For the salad: thinly slice a big pear and toss with the lemon juice. Alternatively use canned pears

  3. Slice the pink grapes in half (or go away entire).

  4. If desired toast the almonds: add the sliced almonds in a single layer to a totally dry skillet (do not add any oil) and place on medium-high warmth (don’t need it too sizzling or they may burn). Stir the almonds each 15 seconds for about 1-2 minutes or till the colour barely darkens they usually begin to scent good. Watch these rigorously as they’ll go from completely toasted to burned shortly!

  5. Add the sliced pears, sliced grapes, almonds, and dried cherries to the combined greens lettuce.

  6. Toss with the dressing and add feta cheese.

  7. The portions of elements are a normal guideline. Add kind of of your favourite salad fixings relying in your private desire 🙂

Recipe Notes

This salad (like most) aren’t very nice leftover. When you aren’t consuming this instantly, maintain the elements separate from the dressing and solely toss with the dressing proper earlier than consuming. Prime with feta after dressing the salad.

Extra scrumptious salads:

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Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

Easy Apple Pistachio Quinoa Salad

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The easiest blender cherry balsamic dressing on a simple Zupas copycat salad!