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Balsamic Grilled Cherry, Blueberry, Goat Cheese, and Candied Hazelnut Salad

The balsamic grilled cherries make this salad extra special. It is the perfect salad for summertime!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 cup shelled hazelnuts
  • 8-10 cups mixed salad greens
  • 2 cups cherries pitted and halved
  • 2 tablespoons Newman's Own Lite Balsamic Dressing
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 4 ounces crumbled goat cheese
  • Additional Newman's Own Lite Balsamic Dressing for the salad

Instructions

  1. First, candy the hazelnuts. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, whisk together the brown sugar and hot water. Add the hazelnuts and toss until well coated. Pour mixture onto a large baking sheet that has been lined with a Silpat baking mat or parchment paper. Bake until hazelnuts are crisp, about 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Once cooled, break hazelnuts apart. Roughly chop and set aside.
  2. Preheat grill to medium heat. Place cherries in a medium bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of balsamic dressing and toss well. Place cherries on a grill pan and grill until tender, about 5 minutes. Use a spatula to turn occasionally while cooking.
  3. In a large bowl, add greens, grilled cherries, blueberries, goat cheese, and candied hazelnuts. Drizzle with additional balsamic dressing and serve immediately.
  4. Note-I usually don't add the full 1 cup of hazelnuts to the salad, but I like to candy 1 cup at a time. Add however many you like!