Cherry Chicken Smoked Mozzarella Salad

Cherry Chicken Smoked Mozzarella Salad with a simple and light dressing is the perfect dish to enjoy the cherry season!

This post was originally published in July 2015. I have taken and uploaded new photos while the text and recipe remain the same. 

Hello, friends!

It’s been a while since I posted the salad recipe. It was…July, 8. Wow. Shame on me! But believe me, I’ve got a lot of nice salad ideas to share with you. What I haven’t got, it’s time. And probably, a personal secretary to manage all publishing work:)

Anyway, I hope you’ve missed my salads, haven’t you? Okay, don’t lie. I know you have.

And I’m kind of hoping you’are still having sweet cherries in your grocery stores. Because I’ve got a feeling you’re going to run into your kitchen to make this delicious Cherry Chicken Smoked Mozzarella Salad. Am I being delusional?

To say that I like sweet cherries is basically not to say anything. Cherries are the most favorite summer thing for me. And watermelons. And peaches. Sure nectarines too. Apricots, of course.

Okay, I acknowledge I’ve got pretty much favorite summer food. But cherries are still on top of that.

That’s why for the last few years I’ve been incorporating cherries in summer salads at least once every year! Cherries are beautifully paired with many things. Since they’re succulent and sweet, you don’t need any dressings. I usually use a humble drizzle of oil and vinegar, for acidity. I used to use regular mozzarella, but last year I combined the salad with smoked mozzarella, and that perfectly worked!

Indeed,  could be wrong in that combo, right? Tender chicken, juicy cherries, smoked mozzarella, nuts, and some peppery arugula? The perfection! Oh, not to mention some beautiful comestible flowers, but sure they’re optional.

Well, I think I should wrap it up because you may need to run to a supermarket to grab some cherries. And don’t forget about smoked mozzarella because it makes the difference too.

But before you leave, there’s one question, guys. What’s your favorite summer fruit or berry? Do you incorporate any summer fruit in savory salads? Have you already tried this salad? :) Ouch. Sorry for more that one question.


Cherry Chicken Smoked Mozzarella Salad

Yield: 2

Succulent and scrumptious Cherry Chicken Smoked Mozzarella Salad.


  • 1 large chicken breast, cooked and sliced
  • 2 cups cherries, pitted
  • 3 cups arugula
  • 1/3 cup grated smoked mozzarella
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped
  • a drizzle of white fig vinegar (or any other)
  • a drizzle of olive oil


  1. In a bowl mix the chicken, cherries, arugula, mozzarella, and walnuts. Drizzle with a bit of the vinegar and olive oil and toss to coat.
  2. Divide between two plates.
  3. Enjoy!


2 servings as the main course (4 as the side dish).


23 Thoughts on “Cherry Chicken Smoked Mozzarella Salad

  1. Your photos are beautiful! That’s what drew me into your site. I have never tried cherries on a salad before…but it looks divine. I LOVE nectarines or from-the-garden cherry tomatoes.
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  2. All these yummy flavors in one bowl! I can’t stand it!! Easy and light recipes are what I like during summer so trying this one for sure :)
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  3. I HAVE missed your salads (and your donuts, come to think about it!)! But this is one heck of a way to get back on the salad track! Love the combination of flavors, Ben! My favorite summer fruit is strawberries and peaches… since you asked :) I love cherries, but I hate the whole removing the pit debacle. I’m lazy. Oh, and yes to fruit in salads. Yes.yes.YES!! Happy weekend!!! ♡
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  4. This looks like a fantastic combination of flavors… love the smoked mozzarella. Cherries are one of my favorite fruits, dried or fresh and with the walnuts to top it all off I’d eat this in a heartbeat!
    KevinIsCooking recently posted…Forbidden City Chinese Meat Pies with Scallion Ginger Cilantro ButterMy Profile

  5. Oh! SO glad to see your another super hit salad recipe, Ben! This is just so gorgeous! —almost too good to be true! :) Your favorite lavender is making this salad more inviting! I think, I am obsessed with LAVENDER now! :) Beautifully crafted and presented salad! Loved it, Ben! Have an awesome weekend! :)
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  6. Such a delicious looking salad and those flowers make it way too pretty!! Love the way you photographed this salad :)
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  7. This is probably the prettiest salad that I have ever seen – gorgeous pictures! And smoked mozzarella?? how have I never heard of that before? I am so trying this!
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  8. Yet another beautiful salad, Ben! Using smoked mozzarella is a fantastic idea! And I have never used cherries in a salad, but it looks like that is going to change. I can almost taste how fantastic this salad is! My favorite fruit is watermelon—I can eat it until I burst.
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  9. First off – I can’t even handle how beautiful this post is! My eyes are dancin’! And this salad sounds amazing!! Cherries and smoked mozzarella? Love it! PS) I wanted to tell you that I had a pluot gallette with lavender sweet cream the other night and I absolutely LOVED the sweet cream!! My first experience tasting lavender – it was splendid!
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  10. cherries and smoked mozza what a great Idea! nicely done! Ben..
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  11. It looks as though we’re both into putting cherries in salads! :) Haha! Well, great minds do put the same fruits in salads, right? I love how you used the smoked mozzarella in it! It really brings home the smoky grill flavor that is so perfect for summer! Yum! Thanks for sharing! :D
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  12. I just used some dried cherries in a grilled recipe, Ben…and it turned out great. Now I see your cherry + smoked mozz idea. I love it! But if I was making this recipe, I’d have to add lavender and double the amount of edible flowers. This salad looks awesome!!
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