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Cherry Beef Salad with Cherry Malbec Vinaigrette

Cherry Beef-Salad with Toasted Pecans & a Cherry Malbec Vinaigrette

I’m SOooo excited … there are sweet cherries in my house! I almost never have sweet cherries. They just don’t grow here, and I can’t bear to pay $4 to $5 per pound for them so I very very rarely buy them. But this year must be a good cherry year because I’ve seen them for $2.50 – $3.00/pound. So I bought some! Three times now! The first time my daughter ate all of them. The second time she ate most of them, but I got a few. THIS time must be my turn because she hasn’t touched them yet. So I seized the opportunity and put them in my salad. And while I was at it, I made a cherry red wine vinaigrette, which turned out even better than I ever dreamed it would. I just started throwing things together and up came this brilliant-tasting cherry red sweet/tart vinaigrette that’s just super yummy.

Cherry Beef-Salad with Toasted Pecans & a Cherry Malbec Vinaigrette

Cherry Beef Salad with Toasted Pecans

I think some goat cheese would be nice on this salad too, but I’m all out of it!

  • Mixed greens with spinach
  • Pitted sweet cherries
  • Sweet onion, sliced and roughly chopped
  • Sweet bell pepper, chopped
  • Toasted pecans
  • Chunks or slices of cooked beef or venison (I used some leftover Spiedies)
  • Cherry Malbec Vinaigrette (recipe below)

Fill your salad bowl most of the way with greens. Toss on a bunch of cherries, some onion, a little bell pepper and then sprinkle with a few toasted pecans. Drizzle generously with cherry malbec vinaigrette and enjoy.

Cherry Beef-Salad with Toasted Pecans & a Cherry Malbec Vinaigrette

Cherry Malbec Vinaigrette

  • 10 sweet cherries, pitted
  • 1/4 cup Malbec (or other red wine)
  • 2 Tablespoons cherry (or berry) syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • a few fresh basil leaves
  • a few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • a few sprigs of fresh dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional, but they add nutritional value and help thicken the dressing)

In a handi chopper, blender or food process, blend up all the ingredients well till the cherries and garlic are fully pureed. Store in a covered bottle in the fridge.

This recipe was shared at Summer Salad Sunday, Hearth & Soul Bloghop and Manic Monday.

13 responses

  1. What a beautiful salad! I’m a sweet cherry lover and a Malbec lover. This salad has my name written all over it! :)

    July 14, 2012 at 9:30 am

    • Ann

      How perfect! I love a good malbec and sweet cherries are welcome anytime in my house! So glad you like the salad :)

      July 14, 2012 at 9:33 am

  2. Fantastic salad. Love all the fresh flavors!

    July 14, 2012 at 11:04 am

    • Ann

      Thank you Karista!

      July 14, 2012 at 11:13 am

  3. I love sweet cherries and I LOVe malbec :)

    July 14, 2012 at 11:25 am

  4. LOVE this, of course, and am sharing and pinning, of course. You’re shocked, right? xoxoxo

    July 14, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    • Ann

      LOL thank you once again, Michele :)

      July 15, 2012 at 8:44 am

  5. A great combo of flavors and I am seeing cherries everywhere right now. Perfect timing Sumptous Spoonfuls!

    July 15, 2012 at 7:47 am

  6. What a beautiful salad, love the malbec-Cherry vinaigrette, it all looks so appetizing!

    July 15, 2012 at 8:47 am

  7. Absolutely stunning Ann!!! I was just asking Kevin if he liked cherries yesterday because there were some beautiful ones at the store. Thanks so much for sharing this on Manic Monday

    July 16, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    • Ann

      Thank you Bobbi! Aren’t cherries just fun? So pretty and sweet and RED?

      July 16, 2012 at 12:36 pm

  8. The beef and cherries sound like a great pairing, and the pecans too….yum yum! Love the vinaigrette, I can just imagine how tasty it is! Thanks for sharing this with Summer Salad Sundays, look forward to seeing you again soon.

    July 18, 2012 at 4:42 pm

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