Cherry, Grilled Corn and Quinoa Salad with Arugula and Blue Cheese

Little by little, my house is finally starting to come together. You know, it’s funny how furniture can really help with the whole “lived in” look and feel of a place.

Yes. It’s true. I’ve been basically furniture-less for the past couple of weeks. Fun times. My back is not happy with me right now.

BUT I got a few pieces delivered on Monday, so things are starting to appear more normal. And slowly but surely, I’m getting used to my new kitchen. Not everything is in the “right” place yet, and I’m finding myself having to chase the light around a bit more than I did in my previous house, but overall things are looking OK.


This Cherry, Grilled Corn and Quinoa Salad with Arugula and Blue Cheese was the first thing (other than a batch of chocolate chip cookies) that I made and photographed in my new space. It’s not overly complex. And it doesn’t require a long list of ingredients. It’s just summery, simple and satisfying. Which is about all I require of a salad these days. Life can be complicated sometimes. Our lunch shouldn’t be.

The dressing is fairly light, so this salad can be prepped a couple hours in advance of serving without getting soggy. It would be a great choice for a summer party or potluck (hint: 4th of July is right around the corner!).



Cherry, Grilled Corn and Quinoa Salad with Arugula and Blue Cheese

Serves 4-6

Cherry, Grilled Corn and Quinoa Salad with Arugula and Blue Cheese


  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 ears of corn, husks and silks removed
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 3 cups arugula
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, roughly torn
  • 2 cups cherries, stemmed, pitted and halved
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles


  1. Cook the quinoa. Combine the quinoa and water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and then reduce the temperature to maintain a simmer. Simmer, covered, for about 15 minutes or until all the water is absorbed. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let it stand covered for about 5 minutes. Then fluff the quinoa with a fork and set it aside to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, grill the corn. Pre-heat your grill to high. Add the corn and cook on all sides until some of the kernels have started to blacken, about 5-8 minutes total. Remove the corn from the grill and set it aside to cool slightly. Once the corn is cool enough to handle, cut the kernels off the cob and place them in a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. Make the dressing. Whisk together the vinegar, olive oil, maple syrup, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  4. Finish the salad. Add the quinoa, arugula and basil leaves to the bowl with the corn kernels. Add the dressing, tossing to coat. Then stir in the cherries and the blue cheese crumbles.
  5. Serve immediately. Alternatively, this salad can be refrigerated for a couple hours before serving.

53 comments on “Cherry, Grilled Corn and Quinoa Salad with Arugula and Blue Cheese”

  1. Stunning Liz! Your food photography just keeps getting better!

  2. Haha I love you. Typically, yes, furniture does help 😉
    But this salad though? It is everything I love in a plate of fresh, summery goodness! Pinned!

  3. Hooray for the new house!! I always feel like it takes a while to feel ‘settled’ after moving, especially until you figure out where everything goes. I’m notorious for deciding I don’t like where anything is in the kitchen, taking it all out and changing it completely (of course my fiance HATES this). Cheers to the new house and cherry season, YES!

    • Thanks, girl! I’m so happy it’s cherry season. And I’ll be even happier when my house is all put together!

  4. This salad has my name all the way over it. I am crazy about summer corn and cherries, and me and blue cheese are totally bff’s. Making this asap!

  5. So glad you’re finally settling in, Liz! This salad looks beyond amazing! I love salads with corn, so I’m blown away by the cherries and quinoa in here. This sounds absolutely perfect!

  6. I know, isn’t that great how things like that can just help you settle in (and sometimes make a room look bigger once it’s filled??). Love the salad – totally my kind of food.

    • Yeah, turns out furniture is kind of essential! This salad definitely has your name written all over it!

  7. Beautiful and what a great combination of flavours! So glad your new home is coming together 🙂

  8. The last time I moved, I went three months without a couch or chairs if you can believe it (by my own choosing of course, because like a true child of my mother’s, I was waiting for the best deals on earth to smack me in the face)…and it took a month for me to get around getting a table. I basically worked in the horizontal position on my bed, ha! So happy your home is coming together!

    This salad is so bright, cheery, and healthful! I could mow on this every dang day!

    • Yes, I’ve been laying in my bed or perching myself on a stool. Not that comfortable! Glad you love the salad, Julia!

  9. Yay! I’m glad you are getting settled in the new house, it’s always such a process unpacking and getting set up. This salad is everything I love about summer and salads! I always love the backgrounds and dishes you use.

  10. How exciting that you’re getting all settled in the new place! So many congratulations, lady! Also, this salad looks awesome. So full of exciting flavors and textures, I bet you don’t even notice that it’s good for you (my favorite kind of salad) 😉 xx

  11. Good thing you have this nourishing salad to help keep your energy up, Liz. Moving is a pain and being furnitureless is too, but look at the progress you’ve made! And you’re STILL publishing for us. Superwoman! Thank you! What a fabulous salad. Cherries with corn and blue cheese sounds amazing! Now if I could only get Rob to love arugula (I got some in my CSA this past week and while I’m impressed, he is not). Love your styling on this one and that dressing (cue the bug eyed emji)! xx

    • Oh, Traci. You are too kind! Maybe use spinach or watercress instead of arugula? That would be excellent I bet!

  12. It always take a while to get used to a new house and especially the kitchen. I still think my glasses are in the wrong spot every time i need to grab one. And light is still an issue. Oh well, it all comes together eventually!! I love love this salad girl. It’s like summer perfection.

    • Yeah, it will probably take me a year to figure out where I’ve put everything! Ha! Thanks for the salad love!

  13. It’s so wonky when you first more in, and your only furniture is a camping chair that was easy to get to. Haha! Glad you’re unpacking! I actually really like organizing and finding new spots for everything. Hope you feel all settled in soon! OMG this salad! Looks so delicious! All my favorite produce of early summer : )

    • You pretty much hit the nail on the head. I’ve been perching myself on a stool the past couple weeks! Ha! I kind of like organizing too, but then I get overwhelmed after a while. Ugh. Maybe you should come and help me? 🙂

  14. This salad looks so fresh and absolutely delicious, Liz! Sumertime salad perfection going on here! So glad you are starting to getting settled… and getting furniture placed! Cheers!

  15. Simplicity is key when your life is insanity. Simplicity is even better when its this beautiful!

  16. This is one beautiful salad. It looks fresh, crisp, colorful and just wonderful.

  17. What amazing food photography! This salad looks amazing 🙂

  18. Glad the house is coming together!!! I LOVE salads like this! And you make the best looking ones! Gorgeous!

    • Awww…thanks, Alice. I love making and styling salads. They are easy to make pretty when the ingredients are so fresh and awesome! XO

  19. Yummmmmmmm

  20. I saw your photo on Foodgawker and it immediately stood out to me! I love the way you styled this salad 🙂

  21. Love the addition of cherries to this salad, so summery with all this flavors, and the dressing is super refreshing~

  22. Such a gorgeous salad!! I wish I had a big bowl right now!

  23. Ooooo send snaps of the new furniture, but keep your back safe girlfrannnn! No hurt backs, but load me up with a salad, m’kay?!

    • Yeah, I can’t wait until I get my couch so I can sit on it and be a lazy bum! Wish we were eating this salad together for lunch today!

  24. The salad looks sensational. Congrats on the new furniture too!

  25. This is some beautiful first photo in your new place, and who needs furniture when you have THIS? I would trade you my couch for this! haha

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