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Hi! Happy Monday! I am SOO incredibly in love with this salad.
Yes, my salad obsession is in full swing. In fact, it seems to be getting bigger and bigger… and better and better. Hello!!! Fresh CHERRIES in a salad…with crunchy sweet and savory granola, YESS. My kind of salad! 🙂
SO. Before we dive into this salad, I kind of feel like we should talk about everyone’s weekend. Like how was yours?!?! What did you guys do? If you follow me on Snapchat (follow hbharvest) than you know I was kind of all over the place this last weekend. I started things off with a quick trip to Napa Valley. I was there as a guest of Castello Cheese, whom I am partnering with this year to bring you guys some KILLER cheese recipes (yeah!!). I did a quick one night trip, but YOU GUYS, Napa Valley is gorgeous, I mean like, is that heaven on Earth or what?!?! I got to eat all the cheese (like ALL the CHEESE), hang out with Micheal Symon and tour maybe one of the prettiest vineyards ever….and all in less than twenty-four hours. Whoa.
And Micheal Symon, he’s seriously awesome. Plus, he’s from Cleveland, and no matter where I am living, I will always be a Cleveland girl… born and raised. ?
So I flew in Thursday night, took the red-eye home Friday night and the rest of my weekend was pretty jam-packed. I needed to do recipe testing for an upcoming project. I did a fun snapchat video making these KILLER ice cream sandwiches. And I also worked at finishing up the cookbook. I can’t lie, my Monday is looking slightly daunting, but I’m ready for it, and just looking at this salad has me feeling all energized and happy!
OH, and a lot of you asked last week where my family is going on vacation to at the end of month. They are headed to La Playa Del Carmen, south of Cancun. I am going to try my hardest to make it there with them, but um, life is kind of crazy and hectic at the moment, especially with my book deadline looming, so I can’t say it’s looking good.
I did get my passport though, so that’s all good! We were all worried that was never going to happen. But finally, after a lot of hair pulling and many hours spent making calls (there is no place to go up here in the mountains without a few months notice), my mom helped me to get it done. Whoa, now at least if the opportunity arises I will be ready to go at a moments notice! Cool!
Alright, but let’s chat about this Sunflower Seed, Kale and Cherry Salad.
I know I said this earlier, but I am in LOVE with this salad. Ok, I’m basically in love with any recipe that involves cherries, but especially this salad! Here is how this salad goes. You marinate some kale, grill some fresh summer squash + zucchini, add the grilled squash to a large salad bowl along with the kale, fresh sweet corn, fresh cherries, cooked white beans and a handful of fresh microgreens. Then finish it off with a heavy sprinkle of savory/sweet sunflower seed granola and a good drizzle of the most delicious toasted sunflower seed and parmesan vinaigrette.
Sounds so good, right?!?! IT IS.
So you got the salad part, now I need to go into detail about that savory granola, because oh my gosh, it’s the best thing to ever happen to a salad. It’s slightly sweet, but salty and crunchy, and SO perfect!! Honestly, this is my new go to salad topping. It makes salad fun and crunchy and hearty! YUM.
And the vinaigrette?? Well, it’s pretty awesome too! The sunflower seeds really add an incredible flavor, while the lemon and parmesan keep it super light and fresh.
Perfection when paired with those sweet summer cherries (so, so, so excited about cherry season!) and dark kale greens. It’s definitely not your average salad, but I feel like that’s a really good thing, because personally, average salads are just so lame in my eyes.
Hip, hip hooray for big ass, color packed, flavor packed… cherry packed, salads.
Ok and yes, I am way too excited about the cherries. Sorry – not sorry. 🙂
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Also, did you notice the cheese? There’s almost none, and yet I still LOVE this salad. Weird.
In the process of making this recipe I realized that coconut toasts MUCH faster than oats and sunflower seeds. I recommend toasting the coconut separate (I did it in a cast iron skillet), otherwise, it’ll burn while you try to wait out the longer toasting times for the oats and seeds, and your granola will have a burnt taste.
So sorry to hear this, I hope everything turns out okay! Have a great Friday! xTieghan
My husband and I loved this salad. A new recipe for me incorporate an abundance of kale from our garden into our diet! I loved the combination of ingredients and the granola was delish, too. Love your creative recipes — keep ’em coming!
Thank you so much! I am so glad you loved this!
Oh man, this was delish! Made it for a 4th of July picnic. Took the granola and dressing separately in the cooler to toss it on the spot. The flavors were just the best. My dressing turned out a bit thick so I added some vinegar to thin it out (probably too much, tbh.). We had leftovers and since it was kale it was even great the second night!!! Thank you!!
Thank you Nikki! I am so glad you loved this recipe and it kept good for you!
Wonderful salad… simply delicious. My dressing came out a bit thick, but still, oh so delicious! I will definitely be making this again.
I am so glad you still loved this! Thank you!
Made this last night for a summer dinner party and it was wonderful! I’m eating the leftovers right now and it held up wonderfully overnight, even with being dressed. I left out the zucchini, and found I needed to add quite a bit of water to thin the dressing. I even used some of the extra savory granola on my yogurt this morning 🙂 I’ll definitely be making this again!
So happy to hear that! Thank you Michelle!
Finally getting around to trying this salad, and I’m so excited about it. Question: how do you incorporate the Parmesan into the vinaigrette? I don’t see any mention of it in the instructions. Thank you!
It is added with the oil, recipe is all fixed. Sorry about that! Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂
Hi Tieghan! What type of oven do you use? I just made the savory granola, and after 10 min they were burned :/ I used 350 F as instructed (top and bottom heat).
HI! I use a regular oven, but is it possible your oven runs hot? Have you ever tested the temp? Either way, just try reducing the oven temp, maybe try 300 and see how that goes. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂
Absolutely fantastic. Such a creative burst of flavors, we thoroughly enjoyed. Bravo HBH!
Made for summer club tonight and a super hit. Also grilled some okra for extra green!
Sounds awesome! So glad everyone loved it Carolyn!
this. is. so. good. PLEASE keep the salads coming! i think I’ve made at least one a week all summer and love them all!
I don’t have all the ingredients I need to make the whole salad yet, but I realized I had what I needed to make the granola and my house smells AMAZING. It is so delectable, yum yum, can hardly wait to put it on everything. I am making your hummus with fruit salsa and your dandelion pesto and toasted seeds tonight, and I think I will put some of the granola on it too. I am so happy I am someone who gets excited about food. 😀
Bummer about the salad! But so glad you made the granola! I’m so someone who gets happy about food as well (:
I really want to take this to my friend as a new mom meal. It looks gorgeous and delicious! Any idea what I might round it out with for some extra protein? They’re both hungry athletes who like meat, though a plant based option would be OK too. On the side? In the salad?
In any case thanks for sharing. I love your recipes!
Hey Amy! I think this would be great with a simple grilled chicken or salmon. Maybe something pesto or balsamic based? Let me know if you have any other questions. Thank you so much!
OK, ready for an “it’s a small world” story?? Chatting with Austin last night (from NYC) telling me about his weekend, he was at Michael’s house on the Cape Sunday night with Kyle…Michael came in and told them about his weekend in Napa at a cheese thing!!!
also sweetie, I’m using your Greek inspired antipasto board at my rooftop party next week, keep up the amazing work and say hi to your beautiful Mom!
Hey Patti!! Haha, that is crazy! Such a small world! Austin knows some good people though!! Hope the appetizer platter is a hit! Thanks again!
Its look sooo delicious. Perfect dish!
thanks for sharing recipes with us here. Looking more from you dear
Thank you!! It means a lot (:
All the cherries, yes!! And I’m in love with the savory granola topper.. brilliant! So glad you had a great time in Napa, it’s seriously gorgeous! 🙂
That place is beyond gorgeous! It was so fun!