This Cherry Prosciutto Goat Cheese Salad is a sumptuous way to celebrate the cherry season.
I will be honest with you. When it comes to cherries, not many of them make their way to any recipes. Let me be completely honest – only a little part of them do.
The problem is that I love cherries (well who doesn’t?), and they tend to disappear a long time before I use them for my recipes. Don’t ask me why. I have no any reasonable explanation, my friends. The only one plausible theory I have is that our fridge has a black hole where most of the cherries disappear. And sometimes ice cream too. Have you heard of this phenomenon?
Despite this challenging factor, I still manage to make a couple of cherry recipes every year.
If I ask you to name 3 cherry recipes without thinking, what would they be? A cherry pie? Cherry ice cream? For me, besides ice cream or sorbet, that would be some fancy looking salads and bruschettas. Last year I made this Goat Cheese Cherry Cardamom Crostini. The year before I made this Cherry Chicken Smoked Mozzarella Salad. By the way, the combo of cherries and smoked cheese is wonderful. Try it!
This year I opened my cherry season with this Cherry Prosciutto Goat Cheese Salad. It’s delicious, fresh, and so summery. I can say it’s just a quintessence of summer freshness, don’t you think so?
I opted for a raspberry balsamic dressing by simply whizzing up fresh raspberry, chocolate mint, olive oil, and balsamic in a blender. It has a nice, creamy, and smooth consistency and a delicate mint aftertaste.
Also, some prosciutto and goat cheese make this salad complete. Imagine this combo: sweet and succulent cherries, smoky and salty prosciutto, pungent and creamy goat cheese (feta would work too), and refreshing tart raspberry dressing?
I couldn’t ask for more.
If you’re in a fancy mood, sprinkle this Cherry Prosciutto Goat Cheese Salad with some pistachios instead of almonds or make a boozy berry dressing.
Wait. Haven’t you tried a boozy dressing? All right, Ben’s here to guide you.
Nectarine Salad with Wine Dressing (sparkling wine will work beautifully too).
And finally, if you feel hot, why not this Strawberry Salad with Cherry Sorbet-Dressing?
Or you can just make this Cherry Prosciutto Goat Cheese Salad. It was so good that one annoying fly started to fuss around trying to sample it. But don’t you worry – neither the fly nor salad was hurt:)
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 1 cup pitted cherries
- 6-8 slices of prosciutto
- 1/4 cup goat cheese
- 2-3 tbsp. almond slivers, toasted
- 1/3 cup fresh raspberries
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- 7-10 chocolate mint leaves (or about 5 of regular mint; it has a stronger flavor)
- salt and pepper to taste
- pinch of confection's sugar (optional)
- To make the dressing, place the olive oil, vinegar, raspberries, and mint in a blender and whiz up until smooth. Try and add sugar, salt, and pepper to taste, if desired, and blend for a few seconds more until combined.
- For a salad, simply combine the spinach and cherries. Divide into plates, top with the prosciutto and sprinkle with the almonds and goat cheese.
- Serve with the dressing.