Summer Salad with Cherries, Prosciutto, Goat Cheese and Balsamico!

Our three horses in the pasture enjoying a summer day on the acreage

Every now and then I come across a recipe that is a complete and wonderful surprise!  And since lately I’ve been having a love affair with salads that include fresh fruit, whether that be strawberries, dried cranberries, or apples, I’ve just found another unexpected delicious salad.  This salad is such an epicurean delight, I wanted to make a second helping immediately upon enjoying that last bite on my plate!  I recently discovered two recipes for a fresh greens salad with sweet summer cherries peaking out and beckoning one to taste their magic!   Sam from My Carolina Kitchen and Larry from Big Dude’s Eclectic Ramblings inspired the creation of this salad where I simply blended the best of both.  Sam found her recipe on Cooking Light, a resource that has never failed me either, and Larry’s recipe originated from the Cooking Channel, my favorite go-to food channel.

From Sam’s recipe, I used an arugula – baby spinach bedding for the salad. Following that, I also added the sliced red onions, Rainier cherries, and goat cheese. However I added slivered almonds in place of pistachios, for the simple reason that I just adore slivered almonds in my salads and always have them on hand in the pantry. From Larry’s salad with cherries recipe, I added thinly sliced prosciutto and a balsamico vinaigrette.

Simple perfection.

Unbelievably complex and interesting flavors with the gentle sweetness of the cherries combined with the bite of the arugula, the tang of the balsamic, the butteriness of the goat cheese, and the velvety prosciutto.

Oh my goodness, slap me silly . . . incredible!

Sam and Larry, thanks so much for helping me find another keeper-winner recipe for my personal family cookbook. This summer salad with all of its flavorful players is amazing!

Summer Salad with Cherries, Prosciutto, Goat Cheese and Balsamico Vinaigrette

6 cups arugula and baby spinach blend
1/3 cup red onion, thinly sliced
1 cup cherries, pitted and sliced in half (do this just before serving to prevent browning)
1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
1/4 cup slivered almonds
3 – 4 oz. prosciutto, sliced in thin ribbons
Serve with Balsamico Vinaigrette

Balsamico Vinaigrette 

1/4 cup balsamico vinegar
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup olive oil
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp. honey
1 clove garlic, minced salt and pepper to taste

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together vinegar, canola and olive oils, mustard, honey, and garlic.
Season with salt and pepper.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.


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  1. This looks lovely and refreshing Roz!

  2. Hi Cakeyboi! It’s super YUM! I’m happy to share it with you! Hope you’re doing well! Roz

  3. Roz this look delicious and really beauty!

  4. This does sound amazing!

  5. This is delicious. I’m making this for lunch tomorrow!

  6. I love cherries what a great combo with goat cheese !

  7. Gloria, so nice to see you again! Thanks for your nice comment! Be well!

  8. Ellen, I can’t wait to hear what you think! I hope that you enjoy too!

  9. Curt, this is a cherry lover’s salad, that’s for sure! Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Pam, with your good taste, I think that you’d enjoy this!

  11. oh that first picture just screams summer and relaxation. I say relaxation because of the scenery in the background! just beautiful. Love the goat cheese and balsamic flavors in this salad

  12. Oh c’mon Roz cherries too! Your salad is scrumptious. Better watch out, with all the beauty and fab food you boast, one of these days I might just show up on your doorstep!

    Hope your recovery is moving along rapidly. HUGS

  13. Jessica,

    What a compliment! It’s nice to know that you and others felt exactly what I was trying to capture in my very amateur attempts behind a camera lens!


  14. Kathy,

    You just come on over any time that you like! I wish I lived closer to you to stop by too! Thanks, I’m on the mend, but it’s a slow mend for a very impatient patient.

    Big hugs,

  15. Oh my gosh, your results are amazing Roz. I can’t wait to try some prosciutto in my salad. Cherries were new to me in a salad, but we loved them.

  16. Sam, the prosciutto was an incredible addition! Thanks for the inspiration!

  17. Anything described as “slap me silly” good gets an automatic spot on my must-try list and I think we have the cherries in the fridge. I’m posting one of your dished tomorrow.

  18. I’ve got to thank YOU Larry and Bev for the addition of the prosciutto and the balsamic vinaigrette! Thanks for the continual great recipes from Heaven South!

  19. Love the pics at the top of your blog and this salad looks great!

  20. I’m really not much of a salad fan unless it has all of these fun mix ins. Yum!

  21. I love salads! This is so fresh and summery!

  22. Wow!!!! This is my kind of salad!!! Hope you are doing well Roz. From Canadian Roz!

  23. oh a summer salad look delicious

  24. Thanks Skinny Mommy!

  25. I totally agree Joanne, nothing worse than a boring iceberg lettuce alone salad!

  26. Hi Angie, yes fresh and refreshing are totally necessary for summer salads!

  27. Aquileon, thanks for the compliment and your visit!

  28. wonderful flavors here, hope your doing well after your surgery hugs

  29. The flavors are fabulous; I’m doing better, slowly, but still doing better. Thanks for your well wishes Rebecca!

  30. Hey Canadian Roz, thanks for the well wishes! Still on the mend, slowly, but surely! I hope you enjoy this salad!

  31. What a beautiful looking salad! Love all those flavors and colors! Great blog!

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