Photo: John Autry: Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Total Time
11 Mins
4 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)

Customize this basic salad by using other fruit, such as dried cranberries, apricots, or raisins, or different cheeses, like blue or goat.

How to Make It

Combine first 8 ingredients in a large bowl; stir well with a whisk. Add lettuce, dried cherries, and cheese; toss gently to coat.

Ratings & Reviews

Smafoster's Review

March 06, 2015

JJansen's Review

July 16, 2014
This is a very good salad but did anybody else think the balsamic didn't look so great on the greens? Next time I'll use white balsamic.

Beechykeen03's Review

September 03, 2013

Ellefrancelle's Review

April 23, 2012
Outstanding! My husband & I can't have enough of it!!;))) Delicious!;)) I'll follow the suggestion from LaHome Cook & will pair it tomorrow with the Ginger-Soy Chicken Thighs!;)

Ellefrance's Review

March 22, 2012
This is another favorite recipe in our household from CL!;)) I made it to the T & my husband is so in love with it that the next time he went to Whole Foods he brought me 3 containers of feta cheese so I can make it almost on a daily basis!! A success! ;) Thanks again CL!

weejackie's Review

January 14, 2012
Excellent dressing - wow! It's now my "go to" vinegraite. I used cranberries and goat cheese instead of feta. Rave reviews from dinner guests:)

Jennybug's Review

November 14, 2011

JoeySan's Review

November 05, 2011
Excellent salad! I added sliced pears on top after plating the salad. Looked very festive and right for Fall. This is a salad dressing that does not compete with red wine. Some salad dressings can "sour" the wine due to a vinegar content. Not this one. Of course, I used a very high end balsamic vinegar. Worth the expense. So far, served to 2 dinner parties and all the guests raved. I do agree with others that making ahead is recommended for optimum blending of flavors. I did remove the smashed garlic before pouring on greens. No one wants that bite!

HaleyAS's Review

February 22, 2011
Had been searching for a simple, "just right" balsamic vinaigrette and I've found it! I used goat cheese in place of the feta and made my own candied walnuts w/ orange juice and zest and a little sugar. Really put this recipe over the top--definitely good enough to serve for company. A real keeper.

anitamcclure's Review

January 22, 2011
Very good. Not sure if my garlic clove was larger than most, but my dressing was garlicy, but very enjoyable. Liked the cherries in the recipe, but will try goat cheese in the future.