This past weekend, I saw cherries for the first time at the market and of course I had to get some. Besides snacking on them, I saved some for this salad. For the dressing, I used frozen cherries just because they already come pitted but you can also use fresh ones. I love the combination of the slightly sweet dressing with the bitterness of the frisée, the salty bacon and creamy gorgonzola.
This recipe serves 2.
For the dressing:
1 cup of frozen cherries, pitted
1 shot of port
¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon of olive oil
2 tablespoons of honey
Pinch of garlic powder
Salt to taste
For the salad:
5 slices of crispy bacon, crumbled
½ a head of frisée, torn into bite sized pieces
80grs of gorgonzola, crumbled into small pieces
1 cup of fresh cherries, pitted and sliced
Start by making the dressing. Place the cherries in the microwave for about 1 ½ minutes to thaw. Then blend them and pass it through a fine mesh sieve. Pour the cherry juice into a medium saucepan. Add the port, balsamic, olive oil, honey and garlic powder. Cook for about 4 minutes over medium heat, until it thickens a bit and the alcohol evaporates. Add salt to taste. Then pour it into a bowl and allow it to cool down.
To assemble the salad, just divide the frisée among two bowls. Add the gorgonzola, cherries and bacon. Serve with the dressing on the side. Enjoy!