Recipe: Sweet Cherry and Corn Salad

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This salad of summertime fruits and vegetables are chock full of health benefits. Cherries are rich antioxidants, vitamin C, beta carotene and anthocyanins, which can reduce oxidative damage to cells, reduce inflammation and the melatonin in cherries may improve sleep quality. Corn is also full of antioxidants, like eye healthy carotenoids. Make this recipe to accompany a summertime barbeque or add chicken to make this a complete meal.

Ingredients:
2 cups fresh cherries, pitted and halved
3 ears fresh corn
1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1/3 cup chopped walnuts, toasted if desired
8 cups arugula
3 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. honey

Instructions:
Peel the corn and remove the silks/threads. Grill over medium high heat until grill marks appear. (Can do this on an outside grill or on the stovetop using a grill pan). Let cool slightly and slice the kernels off each cob. Pit the cherries and slice each one in half. In a large bowl, combine the arugula, cherries, corn, walnuts and feta cheese. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar and honey. Pour this over the salad and toss until well coated.

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