Pickled Cherry and Farro Salad with almonds, goat cheese, and fresh herbs tossed in a Vanilla Balsamic Dressing. 

Pickled Cherry and Farro Salad with almonds, fresh herbs and Vanilla- Balsamic Dressing. #farro #farrosalad #cherrysalad #cherryrecipes #pickledrecipes

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!

Pickled Cherry and Farro Salad with almonds, fresh herbs and Vanilla- Balsamic Dressing. #farro #farrosalad #cherrysalad #cherryrecipes #pickledrecipes

Cut the cherries in half and remove the pits.

Pickled Cherry and Farro Salad with almonds, fresh herbs and Vanilla- Balsamic Dressing. #farro #farrosalad #cherrysalad #cherryrecipes #pickledrecipes

Make the quick pickling liquid and pour over top.

Pickled Cherry and Farro Salad with almonds, fresh herbs and Vanilla- Balsamic Dressing. #farro #farrosalad #cherrysalad #cherryrecipes #pickledrecipes

Cook the farro ( or sub other grains).

Pickled Cherry and Farro Salad with almonds, fresh herbs and Vanilla- Balsamic Dressing. #farro #farrosalad #cherrysalad #cherryrecipes #pickledrecipes

Chop the herbs and combine them all in a bowl.

Pickled Cherry and Farro Salad with almonds, fresh herbs and Vanilla- Balsamic Dressing. #farro #farrosalad #cherrysalad #cherryrecipes #pickledrecipes

Pickled Cherry and Farro Salad with almonds, fresh herbs and Vanilla- Balsamic Dressing. #farro #farrosalad #cherrysalad #cherryrecipes #pickledrecipes

Top with toasted almonds and goat cheese.

Pickled Cherry and Farro Salad with almonds, fresh herbs and Vanilla- Balsamic Dressing. #farro #farrosalad #cherrysalad #cherryrecipes #pickledrecipes

Serve over tender greens!

Give this Pickled Cherry and Farro salad a try this weekend- I know you’ll love it!

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Pickled Cherry and Farro Salad with almonds, fresh herbs and Vanilla- Balsamic Dressing. #farro #farrosalad #cherrysalad #cherryrecipes #pickledrecipes

Pickled Cherry and Farro Salad

  • Author: Tonia Schemmel
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: salads, grain salad
  • Method: Tossed
  • Cuisine: Northwest
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Pickled Cherry and Farro Salad with almonds, fresh herbs, goat cheese and Vanilla– Balsamic Dressing. Vegan adaptable.


Ingredients

Scale

Pickled Cherries: 

Salad:

  • 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
  • 23 scallions, finely chopped
  • ½ cup toasted almonds
  • ¼½ cup crumbled chevre goat cheese
  • Serve the farro salad over tender greens

Vinaigrette:


Instructions

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.


Notes

If making this vegan, adding a touch maple syrup will balance out the vinegar.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 214
  • Sugar: 6.2 g
  • Sodium: 165.8 mg
  • Fat: 13.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 21.1 g
  • Fiber: 3.1 g
  • Protein: 4.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 2.8 mg

Keywords: cherry salad, cherry salad recipe, pickled cherries, cherry recipes, savory cherry recipes,

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Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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  1. This salad was delicious. We added roast chicken and it was a great summer dinner. The vanilla in the dressing really sets it apart. Thanks for another wonderful recipe!

  2. I was wondering if I could sub the cherries for blackberries (or maybe cranberries) in the brine? Would they hold their shape? Cherries are out of season now but this is my favorite salad!

  3. I’m so glad I found your blog. Just about all of the things I’ve made from here have come out so well. I made this twice already since last week. I was wondering how long the pickled cherries last in the fridge by themselves, and if there was a way to adjust the brine to make them last longer (eg less water, more acid)?

    1. Awesome, thanks so much and glad you like it! I would do half and half water to vinegar for longer pickling. 🙂

  4. What a healthy and pretty salad! I love cherries and how they work in this salad. The vinaigrette is really good. We topped this lovely salad with grilled shrimp, and it was awesome. Thank you for quick dinner recipe. Sissy

  5. I made this last night for dinner. Everyone loved it. The vanilla in the dressing gave it an interesting flavor. The fresh herbs married with the farro so nicely and the pickled cherries and goat cheese gave a salty crunchy creaminess. I only have a tiny bit for my lunch today. Can’t wait to see how good it will be today. Loved this

  6. The store was out of Farro so I made this with buckwheat. It was really good! What an exciting combination of flavors! My pickled cherries are tart and spicy, the almonds are crunchy, the herbs are fresh, and the goat cheese is creamy. Thank you for sharing this creation!

      1. I made this and took it to a pot luck last night. It was delicious! And popular, I came home with a clean dish.
        I love the balance of textures and flavors. The pickled cherries are incredible!