This is a sweet and tangy summer salad topped with a naturally fat free dressing that will have you licking the bowl. The dressing gets its thickness from the pectin in natural raspberry preserves and omits oil from the dressing all together. The fats you need to maximize nutrition from all those fruits and greens comes in the form of creamy and smooth soft chevre cheese. The sweetness of Rainier cherries is set off by the slight hint of heat from cayenne and a lingering touch of anise to surprise the palate. Raspberry Vinaigrette Salad Nutritional Information
Which is a long and fancy way of saying: go out and make this salad while cherries are still in season. But then again, I probably had you convinced as soon as you saw that succulent photo. This salad makes a delightful lunch or a great first course. It is a nice summery change from the more standard pear or apple salads. Best of all, you can easily whip it up for a solo lunch for one, or multiply the recipe to serve a small army.
2 teaspoons raspberry preserves
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
pinch sea salt
pinch anise seed
pinch Mediterranean oregano
2 turns freshly ground black pepper
small dash cayenne pepper
Whisk preserves and vinegar together in a bowl until well combined. Add seasonings and whisk to combine. Taste. Adjust seasonings to your preference. If you are sensitive to hot spice, start with a very small pinch (a "smidge") of cayenne, and build up from there.
1 ounce chevre cheese
8-10 Rainier cherries, pitted
Toss salad greens in raspberry vinaigrette. Top with chevre, dill and cherries.
Note: The fat content comes almost entirely from the fat content of the chevre. My brand has only 5 grams of fat per ounce serving. The content may vary, so be sure to read your labels and select accordingly. Also, if you are watching your sugars, this dressing mixes up very well with the low-sugar style of preserves as well.
I'm sending this one on over to Astrid from Paulchen's Food Blog for Weekend Herb Blogging
Raspberry VinaigretteServes 1. (May multiply for more servings)
Salad2 cups mixed spring greens
Nutritional InformationServing size: 1 recipe (162 grams). 168 calories, 6 grams of fat, 24.5 g total carbs, 3.3 g fiber, 17.3 g sugars