June 01, 2023

Cherry Pecan Salad with Blue Cheese and Cherry Vinaigrette

Mixed baby greens are adorned with fresh cherry halves, toasted pecans, and thin slices of blue cheese on a small French porcelain plate.


Now that cherries are in season, we're sharing a salad inspired by one we enjoyed while living in Southern Oregon's Rogue Valley, home of Harry & David's Royal Riviera® Pears and internationally lauded Rogue River Blue Cheese from Rogue Creamery®. Typically accompanied by walnuts and a vinaigrette, this "Rogue Salad" is terrific as a large dinner salad or as a side dish.

Celebrating Cherry Season

We've put together a similar combination of greens, fresh fruit, and nuts, however, this time highlighting fresh cherries along with appropriate pairings. 

  • Lucero Coratina Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a robust oil, and professional tasters and culinary enthusiasts have both remarked that there is a dark cherry sensation to its fruitiness.
  • Our Amarena Cherry Balsamic Vinegar highlights one of the darlings of the cherry world. The Amarena variety is prized for its dark cherry aroma and flavor. It is complex with sensations of cedar, roses, almonds and spices. 

Read on for more, and please enjoy!

Liz & Donald

PS:  A special note to all of our readers who are "grazers"--we see you! Donald and I ate quite a few "lettuce roll ups" standing in the kitchen during our practice and photography sessions. A cherry half, pecan half, and sliver of cheese wrapped in a single leaf with a drizzle of vinaigrette popped into your mouth is immensely satisfying. 

Chopped romaine lettuce is dressed with halved fresh cherries, toasted pecans, sliced blue marble jack cheese, and a vinaigrette

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