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Cherry Salad with Brussels Sprouts
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5 from 3 votes

Cherry Chopped Salad with Maple-Mustard Dressing

Cherry Chopped Salad with Maple-Mustard Dressing is the perfect make-ahead summertime salad. Brussels sprouts, quinoa, fresh cherries, and goat cheese create a vegetarian, protein-rich lunch or side dish.
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Servings: 6


  • Medium Saucepan with Lid
  • Mixing bowls


  • 3/4 cup dry red quinoa
  • 1 lb. Brussels sprouts trimmed and finely shredded
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1/2 head radicchio, finely chopped (optional, or add 1/2 cup thinly sliced celery)
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cherries, pitted and halved or quartered
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecan halves, roughly chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. sherry vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped fresh tarragon or thyme
  • 4 oz. crumbled goat cheese (or feta)


  • Cook quinoa according to package instructions in salted water until the liquid is absorbed and quinoa is light and fluffy.
    Place Brussels in a large bowl. Pour cooked quinoa overtop and toss to combine. (The residual heat will help soften the Brussels.) Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes to slightly cool.
  • To the bowl with quinoa and Brussels, add radicchio (if using, or celery), cherries, and pecans. Season with salt.
  • In a large liquid measuring cup or small bowl, combine maple syrup, mustard, vinegar, tarragon (or thyme), 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. black pepper; stir with a whisk. Gradually stream in olive oil, whisking continuously. Pour dressing over salad and toss to combine. Scatter goat cheese overtop and serve.


  • Store leftover salad in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Enjoy leftovers chilled or closer to room temperature.


Serving: 1.25cups | Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 690mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 12g