Cherry Almond Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

It’s with thankful hearts that we welcome November, a month to celebrate the principle of gratitude. We had a bountiful harvest here in Idaho, {more on that Wednesday} and we have had the most glorious Fall ever. We celebrated with friends yesterday, some that have showered us by sharing and giving of themselves. For each of these things we give thanks. Enjoy this perfect autumn salad…that can help make your life a bowl of cherries!

Cherry Almond Salad

  • 1 head of romaine, washed, chilled and torn into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced thinly
  • 4 ounces Cotija cheese, crumbled (a robust Mexican cheese)
  • 3/4 cup dried tart cherries

Mix romaine, onion slices, crumbled cheese and tart cherries together.

Sugared Almonds

  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 3 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter

Melt together butter and sugar, then add nuts. Bake on cookie sheet at 300 degrees for 20 minutes stirring often. Add dressing and top with sugared almonds just before serving.

Poppy Seed Dressing

  • 3/4 Tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 1/3 cup sugar or sugar substitute
  • 1/4 cup grated onion
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. prepared mustard

Mix together in a blender or food processor until creamy. Serves 6.

Serve with love and thanksgiving.

About The Author


Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 28 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!


  1. LDH

    Good Morning, Gnee!

    Delicious looking salad! Happy November 🙂

  2. Lisa

    Oooh, this looks interesting and very good! Great flavors!

  3. Erin@likegrandmas

    Oh, that looks soooo good! I swear I can taste it, it looks that good, yum!

  4. Patti

    Looks delish!

  5. Pondside

    The salad looks and sounds great – I’m off to google cotija cheese.

  6. Red Couch Recipes

    Gnee — I love these kinds of salads and the possibilities are endless. I haven’t used cotija cheese in anything and I love dried cherries. Joni

  7. kimberryorama

    This looks scrumptious, Nee…I’m off to get the ingredients to make your chinese cabbage slaw for a luncheon.

    What an amazing cook you are! I’ve made many of your recipes and they are all keepers. Thanks for saving me the brain power of having to think about the next meal to fix…love you!

  8. Debbie

    I’m making this for us THIS weekend. Cherries are my husband’s favorite, and he’s crazy about dried cherries. Don’t know what else I’m serving, but I am going to make him some of this salad. Thanks!

  9. Julie Harward

    Thanks..I am always looking foe new salad ideas and this looks so yummy! ;D

  10. Gypsy Heart

    This looks and sounds delish! Love cherries & poppyseed dressing. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Wishing you a blessed week ~ and month! 🙂

  11. Creative Mish

    What a beautiful salad. It looks delish!

  12. Kathleen

    Oh my goodness! If I could dive right into that picture, I would. I MUST make this.
    Thanks for sharing.

  13. Bonnie

    Printing this out to make soon. It looks wonderful.

  14. Michelle Jamieson

    Oh my goodness that picture is devine. And the salad? Looks absolutely to die for! I’m going to follow your blog. Hope you’ll check my blog out and see if you’d like to follow me back.


  15. Judee

    The salad looks amazing, and the mix of ingredients makes my mouth water. Looks like an impressive and delicious salad to make next time I have company.

    This is my first time on your blog and I love it! I am going to follow your blog as well. Check me out too and follow me back if you like it.. I am a new blogger and trying to build!

  16. Envy My Cooking

    This just looks so yummy.. You need to share this recipe on our blog.Or your mashed potato recipe too.. yummy

  17. Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy

    Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday’s. What a fun salad. It’s beautiful!

  18. Meg

    Oh yum. This is great–just in time for the potluck at our church!


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