Pickled Cherry and Farro Salad with almonds, goat cheese, and fresh herbs tossed in a Vanilla Balsamic Dressing.
The world changes when we change. the world softens when we soften. The world loves us when we choose to love the world.~ Marianne Williamson
Here’s a delicious summer salad highlighting juicy ripe cherries, created by my friend Tonia. Cherries are quick-pickled and tossed with farro, fresh basil, mint and scallion, then tossed in the most flavorful vanilla-infused balsamic vinaigrette.
Serve over a bed of tender greens. Crunchy toasted almonds add texture and protein, along with crumbled goat cheese. Simple, easy and tasty!
Cut the cherries in half and remove the pits.
Make the quick pickling liquid and pour over top.
Cook the farro ( or sub other grains).
Chop the herbs and combine them all in a bowl.
Top with toasted almonds and goat cheese.
Serve over tender greens!
Give this Pickled Cherry and Farro salad a try this weekend- I know you’ll love it!Print
Pickled Cherry and Farro Salad
Pickled Cherry and Farro Salad with almonds, fresh herbs, goat cheese and Vanilla- Balsamic Dressing. Vegan adaptable.
- Prep Time: 30
- Cook Time: 45
- Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
- Yield: 6 1x
- Category: salads, grain salad
- Method: Tossed
- Cuisine: Northwest
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
- ½ teaspoon whole coriander seeds
- ¼ teaspoons red pepper flakes
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/2 lb cherries ( about 2 cups)
- 2 cups cooked farro (or grain of choice)
- ½ cup Italian parsley, chopped
- ½ cup mint, chopped
- ½ cup basil, chopped
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 2–3 scallions, finely chopped
- ½ cup toasted almonds
- ¼– ½ cup crumbled chevre goat cheese
- Serve the farro salad over tender greens
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
Start your farro (or grain of choice) cooking. This can be done hours ahead or a day or two before and refrigerated until ready to use. If you are making the salad all at one time, when the grain has finished cooking, scoop onto a tray or shallow pan to cool more quickly. (It can be a little warm still but not too hot that it will cook the fresh herbs.)
Slice the cherries in half, remove pits and place in a pint-sized jar or container.
In a saucepan combine the first 7 ingredients (apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, sugar, black pepper, coriander, red pepper flakes and water) and bring to a boil, simmer 3-4 minutes. Pour hot brine over the cherries. Set aside for at least 30 minutes. (A few hours will develop flavor even more. These will keep in the fridge for a few months.)
Whisk together the vinaigrette. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, add parsley, mint, basil, lemon zest and scallions to the cooked grain. Toss with half of the vinaigrette. Serve over tender salad greens, adding more vinaigrette to taste. Top with toasted almonds and goat cheese.
Note: I have found that when I make this a day ahead, the grain really absorbs the dressing. The vinaigrette recipe is ample so you can add and adjust before serving.
If making this vegan, adding a touch maple syrup will balance out the vinegar.
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