If you love summer harvest cherries as much as we do, you’re going to go crazy for our cherry chicken salad recipe. It’s as hearty as it is delicious!

A cherry pitter is a great little gadget to have when making this recipe—you’ll thank us later. Pitters are inexpensive and handy; otherwise, a small paring knife will work just fine. When using a knife, make four tiny incisions around the pit then gently remove the quarters using the tip of the knife.

We used a French feta in this dish because it’s milkier and softer, but if you prefer dry, crumbly cheese, Greek feta is the way to go. A creamy goat cheese would be a delicious option as well!

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Fresh cherry chicken salad recipe

Fresh Cherry Chicken Salad Recipe

This cherry chicken salad is sweet and savory—perfect for summer when cherries are in season!

Ingredients
 

Yield: 4 servings
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  • 20 cherries, pitted and halved or quartered
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 lime lime juice
  • 3 cups baby arugula
  • 1/2 English cucumber, cubed and skin-on
  • 4 oz feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 2 chicken breasts, grilled, sliced

Instructions
 

  • Place prepared cherries in a small mixing bowl. Add sugar and lime juice then stir to coat. Set aside to rest for 15 minutes.
  • Remove cherries from bowl, reserving the liquid for dressing. Add cherries, arugula, cucumber, feta and almonds to a large salad bowl toss lightly then set aside.
  • Add olive oil and salt to reserved dressing. Whisk until dressing comes together to form an emulsion. Pour dressing over salad and toss until combined.
  • Place sliced grilled chicken (warm or cold) on top and serve immediately. This salad works great served on a platter with the chicken as the hero adorning the top. However, serving it in a salad bowl works great too.

Notes

You may want to wear gloves to avoid staining your nails with that red berry juice!
Calories: 322kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 19g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 43mg, Sodium: 265mg, Potassium: 219mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 8g
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