Cherry Slaw Salad

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by Chris on July 13, 2011

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I am addicted to cherries. When summer rolls around, I can’t resist the ruby red juicy bits of goodness. I am fully aware I have a problem. Even so, with all my cherry consumption, there aren’t many posts that include the fruit. There was some Cherry Basil Frozen Yogurt and Cherry Pepper Salsa Recipe, but that’s really it.

Why? My mouth. The bags of cherries that make it home don’t actually last long enough to land in any kind of recipe.  Consumption. It’s a bit ridiculous, I realize. So, I am a little surprised this slaw made it on time for the Whole Foods Market® Cherry Fest Kid-Friendly Recipe Contest for Food Bloggers, a contest posted on the Whole Story blog last week. Whole Foods is “challenging food and family bloggers to show how you whip up summer treats for kids using delicious, nutrient-dense cherries.”

A cherry recipe contest. How fun!  Cherries just make me smile.  They are one of the foods that alert me summer has arrived and triggers happy memories from when I was a kid.  Growing up, cherries weren’t in the neatly packed bags stores offer now.  Back then, cherries were  displayed in bins. It was my job to stand in front of the cherry bin and choose one pound worth of blemish free, ruby red Bing cherries. [Confession alert] It was not unusual for me to be shifty and sneak a sample or two while bagging (admittedly swallowing the pits so I wouldn’t get caught).  Then, the position (and same shiftiness) extended to home on the weekends my father brought a case of cherries from the Haymarket Square farmer’s market in Boston. Truth be told, I couldn’t get enough of cherries then, and I can’t get enough now. It’s never gonna end.  And, I am okay with that, as there are worst addictions. Right? The funny thing is, to this day, every time I feel full, I think the fullness may just be that cherry tree my mom said was growing in my tummy from swallowing all the pits. Thanks for that, ma!

Until I was an adult, cherries were always a snack or dessert.  Naturally, when I began thinking about what to make, my attentions went immediately to desserts. The result? Delicious gluten free pop tarts.

Then, I read the contest rules.  Oops.  Leave it to the educator to act first, read directions later. While they were great for kids, my over anxiousness caused the pop tarts to have to wait to be posted later this week.

In place of the tarts, I decided to play with a recipe I have made up for years.  Usually made with dried fruit, this slaw is a wonderful dish to bring to picnics, barbeques, neighborhood block parties, and even packs up beautifully in a lunch box. Since it doesn’t contain dairy, the risk for spoiling is lower, as is the fat content found in other slaws. In fact, in addition to being super tasty, this salad is extremely healthy.  Cherries high levels of antioxidants, beta carotene, vitamins and fiber and cabbage’s low-glycemic and cancer fighting elements, make this salad a homerun. It will become your go-to side.

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Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger) July 13, 2011 at 8:26 AM

I totally identify with you. I find I almost never cook with cherries because they are so delicious right out of the bag! (The nuisance of pitting them is also a deterrent.)
This recipe looks just perfect. Bookmarking it to try soon.

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Chris July 14, 2011 at 1:39 PM

I hear ya with the pitting. I wish I had kid helpers!

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Kalyn July 13, 2011 at 9:46 AM

I love the combination of cherries with broccoli slaw; great idea!

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Chris July 14, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Thanks Kalyn! Its so tasty

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Paula - bell'alimento July 13, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Swoon! Cherries!

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Chris July 14, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Thanks Paula! Cherries are swoonable. :)

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dana July 13, 2011 at 12:56 PM

I have just been given so many cherries i was wondering what to do with them all – and then i found this post. cherry slaw salad sounds pretty good – but your pop tarts idea has inspired me too.. i think i might make some cherry parcels.

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Chris July 14, 2011 at 1:38 PM

ooh – I like the idea of parcels, Dana. Thanks for stopping by!

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Kate July 13, 2011 at 2:02 PM

We just finished the last of our cherries on Monday. I need to pick some more up tomorrow!

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Chris July 14, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Me too, Kate! I go through them like water.

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Rachel July 14, 2011 at 8:08 AM

Hi Chris – This looks wonderful and refreshing! I’ll have to make this for my kids. I’m sure they’ll love it.

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Chris July 14, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Thanks Rachel, I hope they do! Let me know.

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Ssndy @ RE July 14, 2011 at 9:06 AM

And I love cherries! This s a brilliant combination, too.

Thanks for visiting me today :) Have a great day!

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Chris July 14, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Thank you!

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Jen July 25, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Congratulations on taking a prize with this slaw! It looks wonderful….

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