This salad celebrates the fleeting season of sour cherries—it's short and they're extremely perishable, so scoop them up when you see them and enjoy them within a couple of days. Here we feature them along with dried sour cherries, chicken, toasted walnuts and blue cheese in a flavor-packed salad. When sour cherries are out of season, you can swap in frozen sour cherries; just be sure to thaw them before using., June 2022


Credit: Jacob Fox

Recipe Summary

30 mins
30 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine sour cherries and sugar in a large bowl; set aside. 

  • Preheat grill to medium-high. Brush chicken with 1/2 tablespoon oil and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon thyme and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Grill, flipping once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 165°F, about 12 minutes. 

  • Meanwhile, add vinegar, shallot and the remaining 1 teaspoon thyme and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper to the cherries. Slowly whisk in the remaining 3 tablespoons oil. Add greens, cheese, walnuts and dried cherries; toss to coat. Slice the chicken and serve on top of the salad.


For the best flavor, toast nuts before using in a recipe. To toast chopped nuts, place in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant, 2 to 4 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

3 oz. chicken & 2 cups salad
460 calories; protein 33g; carbohydrates 15g; dietary fiber 3g; sugars 9g; added sugar 1g; fat 30g; saturated fat 6g; mono fat 13g; poly fat 9g; cholesterol 95mg; vitamin a iu 1676IU; vitamin b3 niacin 11mg; vitamin c 9mg; vitamin d iu 5IU; vitamin e iu 4IU; folate 74mg; vitamin k 2mg; sodium 547mg; calcium 138mg; iron 2mg; magnesium 72mg; phosphorus 376mg; potassium 656mg; zinc 2mg; omega 3 fatty acid 2g; omega 6 fatty acid 7g; niacin equivalents 18mg; selenium 29mcg.