A July 4th Celebration!
Start with a sassy salsa of in-season sweet, plump Northwest cherries paired with peppers, onion
and cilantro! Serve cracker-like crisps — cut from pita breads using star-shaped cookie cutters — for
Cherry Salsa With
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 2 tablespoons boiling water
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 cups pitted
Northwest cherries, quartered
- 1/3 cup finely diced sweet red bell pepper
- 1/3 cup finely diced
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
- Star Crisps
- In medium bowl, place crushed red pepper. Stir in boiling water; let
stand at least 10 minutes. Stir in lime juice, vinegar, sugar, salt and cinnamon. Add cherries, bell pepper and
onion; gently stir. Let stand 30 minutes. Stir in cilantro and serve. Serve with Star Crisps.
Makes about 4 cups salsa
- 2 packages pocket pita breads (6 inch or larger)
- Olive or
- Coarsely ground salt and pepper (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Using 2.4-inch or 3.23-inch star
cutter, press and cut shapes from pita; pull apart into two pieces. Arrange on ungreased cookie sheet. Brush with
oil. If desired, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake 5 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned and
Makes 10 to 15 crisps
Salads Make the Meal
Toss orzo, chicken and sweet cherries with red wine vinaigrette and
pack into a star-shaped pan. Chill and then turn out onto a platter for serving. Add a simple mixed green salad
topped with glazed almonds, creamy goat cheese and fresh, antioxidant-rich cherries.
A Star of a Salad
- 1 box (16 ounces) orzo
- 3 cups diced cooked chicken breast or
- 1 1/2 cups diced green bell pepper
- 1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
cup red wine vinegar
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed dried thyme
teaspoon ground black pepper
- 3 cups pitted Northwest Red or Rainier cherries, quartered
- Line Star Pan with plastic wrap. Prepare orzo following package
instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water.
- In large bowl, combine orzo, chicken, bell pepper and
shallots. In small bowl, whisk together vinegar, oil, honey, mustard, salt, thyme and black pepper. Pour over orzo
mixture; mix well. Gently stir in cherries. Pack into prepared pan. Chill at least 1 hour. To serve, place serving
platter over star pan. Carefully turn over to release salad; remove plastic wrap.
Makes about 12 servings
Mixed Green Salad With Northwest Cherries, Almonds & Goat Cheese
- 1/4 cup pitted Bing cherries
- 2 tablespoons balsamic
- 6 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 pound (about 8 cups) mixed salad greens, washed, dried,
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 cup Bing or other
dark Northwest cherries, split in half and pitted
- 1 log (4 ounces) fresh white goat cheese, crumbled
- 1 cup glazed sliced almonds*
- In blender or
food processor fitted with steel blade, puree 1/4 cup cherries, vinegar and oil until smooth; set dressing aside.
- In large bowl, gently toss greens with dressing. Add salt and pepper. Sprinkle with 1 cup cherries, goat
cheese and almonds; toss gently. Serve immediately.
Makes 6 to 8
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