Seared-Chicken Salad with Cherries and Goat Cheese Dressing

Prep Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins

Cherries aren't only for jams and pies -- these juicy, ruby red summer beauties are ripe for the picking in this refreshing salad.


  • ½ cup reduced-fat sour cream

  • ½ cup crumbled fresh goat cheese (2 ounces)

  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives

  • 2 teaspoons white-wine vinegar

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, such as safflower

  • 1 pound chicken cutlets

  • 1 head Boston lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces

  • ½ pound (2 cups) Bing cherries, pitted and halved

  • ¼ cup walnut pieces


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together sour cream, goat cheese, chives, vinegar, and 2 tablespoons water; season with salt and pepper. Set dressing aside.

  2. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Working in batches, cook until opaque throughout, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Thinly slice chicken crosswise.

  3. Divide lettuce among 4 plates; top with chicken, cherries, and walnuts. Serve salad with dressing alongside.

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