Pacific Very Cherry Salad

The dressing for this green salad features a homemade fruit vinegar that can be made ahead.

Stand Time:
Start To Finish Time:
30 mins


  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 3 tablespoon Cherry Vinegar (see recipe below) or white wine vinegar

  • 2 tablespoon minced shallot

  • 2 teaspoon wasabi powder or prepared horseradish

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce (optional)

  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt or salt

  • teaspoon pepper

  • 1 pound fresh sweet cherries, pitted

  • 8 cup mixed greens, such as shredded napa cabbage, torn romaine, and/or torn spinach

  • 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled, and thinly sliced

  • ½ cup slivered almonds, toasted

  • ½ cup small fresh basil leaves or larger basil leaves, shredded

Cherry Vinegar

  • ½ cup pitted sweet cherries

  • ¾ cup white wine vinegar


  1. For dressing, in a screw-top jar combine oil, vinegar, shallot, wasabi or horseradish, sugar, fish sauce (if desired), sea salt, and pepper. Cover and shake well; set aside.

  2. Halve cherries, if desired; set aside 1/4 cup of the cherries. In a large salad bowl combine the greens, remaining cherries, and the avocado. Toss with dressing. Top salad with almonds, basil, and reserved 1/4 cup cherries.

Cherry Vinegar

  1. Mash cherries. Place in a clean, heatproof jar. In a small stainless steel saucepan heat vinegar to boiling. Pour over cherries in jar. Cool slightly; cover with a nonmetallic lid. Let stand at room temperature 3 to 5 days. Strain out cherries; cover and store vinegar in a cool place up to 3 months. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

392 Calories
31g Fat
28g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 392
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Sodium 181mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 38.4mg 192%
Calcium 111.1mg 9%
Iron 3.2mg 18%
Potassium 989mg 21%
Folate, total 197.6mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.