Cherry Basil Balsamic Reduction

Cherry season is short and sweet. I’ve been busy pitting cherries for fruit salad, quick snacks, and decadent Cherry Basil Balsamic Reduction. I have eaten the simmered cherries by the spoonfuls right out of the pan, it is absolutely delicious. It is equally delicious made with frozen cherries, making this a year round favorite.

The sweetness of the cherries adds deep flavor to the bold tartness of balsamic vinegar. The basil becomes a gentle fresh note in the background. If you love balsamic, I think you’ll love this fusion.

Cherry Basil Balsamic Reduction is a quick, easy recipe yielding an intense sweet and sour flavor. It is delicious on a garden salad; it is fabulous on Beet Basil Salad, Beet and Basil Sandwich on Sprouted Whole Grain Bread, and is an exquisite complement to the sweetness of Vanilla Banana Sorbet.

Cherry Basil Balsamic Reduction

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Course: Dessert, Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian, WFPB, Whole Food Plant Based
Keyword: Balsamic, Basil, Cherries, Vinaigrette
Servings: 4 4
Calories: 43kcal


  • 1/2 Cup Balsamic Vinegar Aged, No Additives
  • 1/8 Cup Basil Fresh Leaves, chopped
  • 12 Cherries Fresh or Frozen, Ripe, Sweet, Pitted


  • Rinse, dry, and pit the cherries. Cut in half. Rinse, dry, and chop Basil.
  • Add all ingredients to a small pan. Heat on med heat until it reaches a simmer. Reduce heat to med-low and continue to simmer until it is reduced by half. About 2-3 mins. Stir occasionally. Check the reduction by tipping the pan slightly. When it leaves a glaze on the side of the pan and has reduced by half, remove from heat. Press the cherries gently with a spatula to infuse the balsamic with the cherry juice. Stir and refrigerate until ready to use.


A light drizzle of the reduction is all that is needed due to the intense flavor. Do include the cherries with each serving. Mmmmm….
**Nutritional values are estimates**


Calories: 43kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 89mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
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