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Spinach Salad with Cherries, Goat Cheese, and Pistachios

This Spinach Salad with Cherries, Goat Cheese and Pistachios is the perfect healthy, summer salad! Add grilled tofu or chicken and you’ve got yourself a protein-packed workday lunch.

Spinach Salad with Cherries, Goat Cheese, and Pistachios is a summertime crowd pleaser! Even your pickiest eaters will love the combination of sweet and tangy in this delicious and healthy salad. ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

I love cherries in the summer. They’re best between May and August, so I take full advantage during the summer months and buy them almost weekly. While delicious just for snacking, cherries are incredibly versatile and can be used in many different dishes, both savory and sweet. This Farro Salad with Cherries and Walnuts remains one of my all-time favorite summer recipes. If you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend you do!

Spinach Salad with Cherries, Goat Cheese, and Pistachios is a summertime crowd pleaser! Even your pickiest eaters will love the combination of sweet and tangy in this delicious and healthy salad. ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Pro tip: when selecting the perfect bunch of cherries, look for the ones with shiny skin and green stems still attached. They’re the best.

Spinach Salad with Cherries, Goat Cheese, and Pistachios is a summertime crowd pleaser! Even your pickiest eaters will love the combination of sweet and tangy in this delicious and healthy salad. ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

This spinach salad has all of the necessary elements: sweetness from the cherries and blueberries, a bit of tang from the goat cheese and lemon vinaigrette, and a delicious crunch from the pistachios. Serve it alongside grilled chicken or fish for a healthy summer dinner.

Spinach Salad with Cherries, Goat Cheese, and Pistachios is a summertime crowd pleaser! Even your pickiest eaters will love the combination of sweet and tangy in this delicious and healthy salad. ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

For the full recipe and some additional tips to perfecting this salad, head over to SoFabFood! I’m sharing the recipe on their site.

Let me know if you try this salad. I think you’re going to love it!

Salads Vegan Vegetarian Meals

Farro Salad with Cherries and Walnuts…Plus a Complete Labor Day Barbecue Meal!

Hi friends! I hope you had a great weekend.

I am so excited for today’s post because I am teaming up with some of my blogger friends to bring you a complete healthy Labor Day barbecue feast! We each put together a different course for the menu, and oh man, I want to dig into all of these delicious creations. Let’s take a look!

Kacy from Healthy For Real made a Hearty Black Bean Corn and Kale Appetizer.

Black Bean and Corn Appetizer from Kacy at Healthy For Real

I made a grain-based Farro Salad with Cherries and Walnuts (Vegan and Refined Sugar-Free)

Farro Salad with Cherries and Walnuts Recipe ll Vegan and Refined Sugar Free! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

 

Dani from Dani California Cooks made Grilled Dijon Salmon Skewers (Paleo).

Grilled Dijon Salmon Skewers from Dani at Dani California Cooks

And Chef Vanessa Musi made a delicious Peach Bourbon Pie for dessert (Gluten-Free, Vegan and Refined Sugar-Free).

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Make sure to click over to their posts to check out their amazing recipes!

 

Now are you ready for this delicious Farro Salad with Cherries and Walnuts?

You guys know I am OBSESSED with farro — it’s my all-time favorite grain. Farro is perfect for big batch salads like this one because it doesn’t get soggy after being dressed and it holds up very well in the fridge for a couple of days.

Farro Salad with Cherries and Walnuts Recipe ll Vegan and Refined Sugar Free! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

I love, love, love the sweet-tart flavor that the cherries give to this salad, and there are so many different textures thanks to the added crunch from the walnuts and celery.

Farro Salad with Cherries and Walnuts Recipe ll Vegan and Refined Sugar Free! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

I know you guys are going to love this one and I can’t wait for you to try it!

Farro Salad with Cherries and Walnuts Recipe ll Vegan and Refined Sugar Free! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Farro Salad with Cherries and Walnuts
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup uncooked farro
  • ⅓ cup diced celery
  • 1 cup sweet cherries, pitted and halved
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 2 Tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • 1.5 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ Tablespoon raw honey (or maple syrup for a vegan option)
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ Tablespoon Dijon mustard
Instructions
  1. Bring 2.5 cups of water to a boil in a large pot. Add the farro and a pinch of salt. Cook for 15 minutes or until al dente. Drain and cool.
  2. In a large bowl combine the farro, celery, cherries, walnuts and parsley.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, honey and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Toss the farro with the dressing. Chill for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to come together.
 

 

Farro Salad with Cherries and Walnuts Recipe ll Vegan and Refined Sugar Free! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

 

Desserts

Cherry Pie

For Father’s Day all my dad wanted was a cherry pie.

The Most Delicious Cherry Pie Recipe - Little Chef Big Appetite

…even though no one else in my family likes cherry pie…

…but it was Father’s Day…

…so, what Dad wants, Dad gets…

The Most Delicious Cherry Pie Recipe - Little Chef Big Appetite

But, he doesn’t just get ANY cherry pie. He gets a cherry pie made from scratch.

No pre-made crust for you, Dad.

The Most Delicious Cherry Pie Recipe - Little Chef Big Appetite

Nope.

The Most Delicious Cherry Pie Recipe - Little Chef Big Appetite

Because I love you.

A lot.

The Most Delicious Cherry Pie Recipe - Little Chef Big Appetite

And because playing with dough {is fun} reminds me of being a kid at Bertucci’s again.

The Most Delicious Cherry Pie Recipe - Little Chef Big Appetite

For the filling I recommend using jarred Morello cherries. These have the perfect level of tartness and save you from individually pitting cherries. You can use fresh cherries if you reaaaaaaaaally want to if you are insane,but Dad will love you regardless.

The Most Delicious Cherry Pie Recipe - Little Chef Big Appetite

I promise.

The Most Delicious Cherry Pie Recipe - Little Chef Big Appetite

As I said, I didn’t expect anyone else to eat this pie.  (My mom and I are triple-chocolate-fudge-brownie-peanut-butter-EXPLOSION kind of people).

BUT

I may have been converted. I may DO like cherry pie. (Don’t worry brownie sundae, I won’t forget about you).

In fact it was SO good that we all had seconds.

Poor Dad, he thought he was going to have the whole thing to himself.

 


Cherry Pie
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
Basic Pie Dough – For 1 Double-Crust 9-inch Pie
  • 2 ½ cups unbleached all purpose flour, plus more for dusting the work surface
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening, chilled
  • 12 tablespoons (1 ½ sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into ¼-inch pieces
  • 6-8 tablespoons ice water
Cherry Pie
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 to 1 +1/4 cups sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch salt
  • 3 (24-ounce) jars Morello cherries*, drained, or fresh or canned sour cherries, pitted or drained
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
Instructions
Basic Pie Dough
  1. Process the flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor until combined. Add the shortening and process until the mixture has the texture of course sand (about ten seconds). Scatter the butter pieces over the flour mixture; cut the butter into the flour until the mixture is pale yellow and resembles course crumbs, with butter bits no larger than small peas, about ten 1-second pulses. Turn the mixture into a medium bowl.
  2. Sprinkle 6 tablespoons of the ice water over the mixture. Using a rubber spatula, use a folding motion to mix. Press down on the dough with the broad side of the spatula until the dough sticks together, adding up to 2 tablespoons more of the ice water if the dough does not come together.
  3. Divide the dough into 2 balls, one slightly larger than the other. Flatten each ball into a 4-inch disk. Wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour, or up to 2 days, before rolling out.
Cherry Pie
  1. Remove the dough from the refrigerator. If it is very cold let it stand at room temperature until malleable. On a floured work surface roll the larger piece of dough into a 12-inch circle. Transfer the dough into a 9-inch pie plate (while many recommend rolling the dough onto the rolling pin and then unrolling it into the plate, I found the easiest way to transfer the dough was to fold it in half to lift it and then place it into the pan). Work around the circumference of the pan, easing the dough into the pan corners. Leave the dough that overhands the lip of the pie plate in place. Refrigerate the dough-lined pie plate.
  2. Adjust an oven rack to the lowest position, place a rimmed baking sheet on it, and heat the oven to 500 degrees.
  3. Mix together the cornstarch, 1 to 1 ¼ cups of sugar (taste the fruit and adjust amount as desired), cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir in the cherries and almond extract. Remove the dough lined pie plate from the refrigerator and turn the cherry mixture into the plate.
  4. Now, on a floured work surface again, roll the second piece of dough into a 10-inch circle. Lay this piece on top of the cherry mixture. Using a fork, press the edges of the dough (both pieces) to the lip of the pan. Cut four slits at right angles in the center of the pie. Lightly brush the top with 1 tablespoon of water and sprinkle with one tablespoon of sugar.
  5. Lower the oven temperature to 425 degrees. Place the pie on the baking sheet and bake until the crust is set and begins to brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Rotate the pie and reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees; continue baking until the crust is a deep golden brown and the juices bubble, 25 to 30 minutes longer. Cool the pie on a wire rack for at least 2 hours before serving.
Notes
*Morello cherries are the best and easiest thing to use for this recipe, avoiding both pitting individual cherries and using any other canned version. They can be found at specialty stores, but Trader Joes is probably your best bet.

***Recipe adapted from Baking Illustrated (of Cooks Illustrated)