Have you tried making vinaigrettes with fresh fruit? If not, you need to! Let me teach you How To Make Fresh Cherry Vinaigrette. I promise you will be making it over and over.
What Makes This Cherry Vinaigrette So Good?
If you have not tried fresh cherries in a salad dressing you are in for a real treat. I used to make this Blueberry Vinaigrette all the time, but this cherry vinaigrette has replaced it as my favorite dressing.
The flavor of this dressing is amazing. Cherry+olive oil+balsamic is a dream team. It creates a creamy, delicious, and slightly sweet vinaigrette.
It is really easy to make. If you are a person who generally buys your dressing, you will be surprised at just how simple this is. Pitting the cherries takes the longest.
This dressing goes well on so many salads. I love adding different summer fruits to my salad and this vinaigrette is perfect for all of these!
- Fresh Cherries- I prefer sweet cherries for this dressing. You can also use tart cherries, you just might need to sweeten the dresssing a little more. If have a cherry pitter, use it. If not, cut them in half like i did, twist them, and take out the pit.
- Olive Oil- This is not cooked, so use a good quality if you have it.
- White Balsamic- you can also use a white wine or red wine vinegar, but white balsamic is the best. I used a lemon white balsamic which I love!
- Dijon Mustard- You use this not only for the flavor it adds, but also works as an emulsifier. What that means is it helps the olive oil and vinigar to blend together easily instead of separating.
- Honey- I used this to keep it healthy. If you prefer another sweetener, go for it!
- Salt- It won't take much, but you will need this.
How To Make Cherry Vinaigrette
When I said this vinaigrette was easy to make, I meant it was really easy.
Here is all it takes to make the dressing- prep your cherries, this is the hardest part. Then add everything into a food processor.
Blend it until it is smooth and the cherries are broken up. This might take a minute or 2.
Once it is done, taste it. Adjust your salt and honey as needed. Everyone has different preferences when it comes to dressing. Maybe you like it a little more salty, or a little sweeter. You can adjust it at this point.
What Exactly Is A Vinaigrette?
It is a sauce made with a base of olive oil, vinegar, and seasonings. It is my preferred dressing when it comes to condiments for my salad.
There are so many different types of vinaigrettes to choose from. I love fruit vinaigrettes like this one during the summer.
During the winter I prefer more warming vinaigrettes.
Are Vinaigrettes Healthy?
If you are asking my personal opinion, I say, yes!! Its base is healthy olive oil, vinegar, and seasonings.
I also generally prefer to use honey or even maple syrup for my vinaigrettes. This leaves refined sugar out of the picture.
What Is Balsamic Vinegar?
It starts the same way as a dark balsamic, but it changes in the cooking stage. The white balsamic is pressure cooked to maintain the light color.
White balsamic is also aged for a shorter time, instead of the longer aging darker balsamic takes.
My favorite infused flavors are peach and lemon. If you have a local olive oil and vinegar tasting room, I recommend you try them! If you don't The Milled Olive is my go-to for vinegar and olive oil in my area. They ship too!
FAQ Cherry Vinaigrette
Because of the fresh fruit, it will only hold really well for about 2-3 days at the most.
This depends on your taste. I only increase it by about 1-2 tablespoons.
I have used many berries before in these dressings. Blueberry is a favorite. raspberry and blackberry are also really yummy.
Other Cherry Recipes
If cherries are your thing, let me suggest a few other recipes to use those cherries!
- Cherry and Cream Float
- Cherry Slab Pie
- Dark Cholate and Dried Cherry Cookies
- Simple Roasted Cherries
- Fresh Cherry Limeade
How To Make Fresh Cherry Vinaigrette
- 1 cup pitted cherries
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons white balsamic
- 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
- ¼ cup honey
- salt to taste
- Add all ingredients, starting with ½ teaspoon of salt to a food processor or blender.
- Blend until it is smooth.
- Taste and add more salt or honey to your taste.
- This dressing is best used within about 12 hours.
- Now, sit back and enjoy. You deserve it!