Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Cherry Vinaigrette

Cherry Vinaigrette

It might be hard to believe that cherries are one of my absolute favourite fruits given the almost complete lack of any cherry recipes here. Thing is, I love them so much I just want to eat them - using them in a recipe feels like a waste! 

That being said I bought a little *too* many cherries a while back (yes, even for me!) and looked into some recipes to make with them. As I'm dieting at the moment I didn't want to go down the sweet route and came across this cherry vinaigrette recipe.

Cherry Vinaigrette

I made a few personal changes and came up with this - it's lovely! A really sharp vinaigrette with just a hint of cherry taste, that little bit of sweetness from the cherries a real nice complement. I tend to always stick to my all time favourite balsamic dressing for most things but this will be a welcome summer addition :-)

Cherry Vinaigrette

Cherry Vinaigrette

• 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
• 1 tsp syrup - I use light Sweet Freedom, light agave or maple syrup can be used instead
• 60g or 1/3 cup washed, pitted and chopped sweet cherries
• ½ tsp Dijon mustard
• 1/8 tsp salt
• freshly ground black pepper - I used 3 grinds

Add all to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour through a sieve to remove any bits and that's it! Recipe makes a fairly small amount but it's quite a strong dressing, only a little is needed :-)

Cherry Vinaigrette

Now, I'm only blogging the dressing here as really, I like it just with crisp bright green leaves of romaine but cherries and walnuts go beautifully together! Whatever salad you choose to have this with, I highly recommend adding some toasted walnuts....a crumbling of the baked almond feta wouldn't go amiss either :-)

Mixed Greens, Toasted Walnuts and Cherry Vinaigrette



Nutritional Information: per 100g of dressing.

Calories: 593
Protein: 0.9g
Fat: 60.2g
Sat Fat: 8.6g
Fibre: 1.8g
Carbs: 19.4g
Sugar: 16.6g
Sodium: 501.5mg

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