Cherry Vinaigrette

This cherry vinaigrette is perfect for summer salads or any time you’re in the mood for something a little different. It’s ideal for entertaining when you want to wow your guests with a unique salad. This cherry salad dressing is a must try during cherry season.

What to serve with it

Toss this vinaigrette with any type of fresh salad greens you like. Lettuce, arugula, spinach, or any other type of greens will work.

Cherry vinaigrette in a glass bowl with a silver spoon next to some fresh cherries.

Ingredients and substitutions

I like to use fresh red cherries when making this vinaigrette, but you can use other varieties of cherries if you prefer. You can also substitute frozen cherries, in which case be sure to thaw them first and drain and discard any liquid before adding them to the food processor or blender.

I like to use red wine vinegar in this vinaigrette. You can substitute white wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, or apple cider vinegar if you prefer.

A small amount of fresh basil enhances the flavor of the cherries in this salad dressing. You can substitute other fresh herbs such as tarragon or mint if you prefer (or you can omit the herbs altogether).

I prefer to use extra-virgin olive oil when making this cherry salad dressing. You can substitute other oils such as avocado oil if you prefer.

How to make it

Add the cherries, extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, basil, and salt to a food processor or blender.

Ingredients for cherry dressing in a food processor.

Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides of the blender or food processor if necessary.

Blended cherry dressing in a food processor.

Storage

Use immediately or store the cherry vinaigrette in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days.

Cherry salad dressing in a bowl next to some fresh cherries.

More summer salad ideas

Cherry Vinaigrette

This cherry vinaigrette is perfect for summer salads. It's quick and easy to make. This delicious cherry salad dressing is a must try.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 110.8kcal

Equipment

  • Food processor or blender.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup fresh cherries, pitted and stems removed (or substitute thawed frozen cherries with the liquid drained)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Add the cherries, extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, basil, and salt to a food processor or blender.
  • Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides of the blender or food processor if necessary.
  • Use immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days.

Notes

  • Toss this vinaigrette with fresh salad greens or drizzle it on top of grilled or roasted vegetables.

Nutrition

Serving: 2Tablespoons | Calories: 110.8kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.3g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 10.8g | Saturated Fat: 1.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7.9g | Sodium: 117.4mg | Potassium: 50.8mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 2.6g | Vitamin A: 14.3IU | Vitamin C: 1.5mg | Calcium: 3.6mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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