This vinaigrette is the best I have ever tasted. The dried cherries are so favorable that you will not go back to buying commercial fruit vinaigrette. The raspberry vinaigrette that you can purchase is weak in flavor compared to this thick rich salad dressing that clings to the salad. It will have your family and guest asking for more. It turns a plain green salad into something out of the ordinary. Your guest will be asking for the recipe.
You can find dried cherries in your fruit section of your grocery. This is an underutilized dried fruit and is just gaining notice with gourmet cooks and healthy eating.
Dried Cherries Salad Vinaigrette
- 1/2 cup dried Cherries (soaked in a little hot water to hydrate them)
- 1 to 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
To hydrate cherries measure 1/2 cup and cover with hot water and let sit for 20 to 30 minutes to fluff them up. Drain some of the water off. They can still be a little wet.
In a food blender put the drained cherries , mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper. Blend until smooth. Take the small cap off the top to slowly pour oil in a thin stream while blender is on medium speed. This will emulsify into a creamy thick dressing. Makes 1 1/2 cups and can be stored in the refrigerator.
I promise it won’t last long because you will love it.