This vinaigrette is especially gorgeous with a classic fall/winter salad palette. I served it over some endive garnished with persimmons, pistachios, and pomegranate seeds, and it tasted as bright and pretty as it looked.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
total:
5 mins
Servings:
18
Yield:
cups
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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place cranberry sauce, Dijon mustard, garlic, salt, black pepper, rice vinegar, and cider vinegar into a blender. Turn the blender on and process until smooth, about 30 seconds. Pour in walnut oil in a steady stream, then vegetable oil. Blend until the salad dressing is thick and creamy, about 1 minute.

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Nutrition Facts

144 calories; proteing; carbohydrates 2.3g 1% DV; fat 15.1g 23% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 84.6mg 3% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (11)

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Rating: 5 stars
06/15/2012
This is an excellent salad dressing. It is a little tart not too sweet and is very easy to make. I used jellied cranberry sauce but I think that a whole berry or better yet homemade cranberry sauce would be even better. Enjoy! Read More
(7)
13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/15/2012
This is an excellent salad dressing. It is a little tart not too sweet and is very easy to make. I used jellied cranberry sauce but I think that a whole berry or better yet homemade cranberry sauce would be even better. Enjoy! Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
11/19/2012
I liked this recipe a lot but next time will use 1/2 the amount of dijon mustard. It overwhelmed the cranberry flavour. Also made quite a bit so unless you have a large crowd--plan on storing at least 1/2 in a jar in refrigerator. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2014
I really liked this dressing. It kind of reminded me of raspberry dressing, but without the pesky seeds. I only made 1/4 of the recipe, because I wanted a little salad dressing just for this evening. I followed the recipe. I then realized I forgot the garlic and it tasted fine. I used grapeseed oil for the walnut oil and safflower oil for the vegetable which was what I had on hand. For the cranberry sauce I used Trader Joes cranberry sauce with orange. Flavor works for me, just wish it was a little lower in calories. A little goes a long way on a salad though. ty Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/16/2013
I made this dressing to go with my Thanksgiving meal. As another reviewer pointed out it does make a lot (over 2 cups). I blended the ingredients with an immersion blender and that did a fine job of emulsifying the oil. One reviewer said the Dijon overwhelmed the cranberry flavor. That was not my experience but I suspect that might be due to the style/brand of Dijon/cranberry sauce used. I tend to dislike Dijon (too strong) but have found I don't mind the Musette "traditional" Dijon. As for the cranberry sauce rather than canned or jellied cranberry sauce I used a Cranberry-Orange Relish that Publix grocery stores sell in their deli around the holidays. The results were a good blend of Dijon and cranberry flavors... but I still felt that this dressing was lacking something in its flavor profile. The recipe as it stands is very heavy on the sour end of the flavor spectrum. Tart cranberry relish (using canned or jellied might well sweeten it up some though) tart Dijon sour vinegars (even rice vinegar is more sour than sweet)... I think this dressing needs something sweet to balance all that sour! I plan to make this again for Christmas but I am going to change it up slightly. I'm going to use jellied cranberry sauce and make it a few days in advance to allow the flavors to develop. At that point I'll see if I need to add some honey for balance. I already know I need to add more salt/pepper. A similar recipe called for 1/4 teaspoon for each so I'll try that. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
10/10/2014
This dressing is pretty darn good! What a nice holiday flavor. The amount of dressing was too much for one or two people. Though if you are having a small gathering (as we are) it is perfect. I used my fresh home made cranberry sauce in it. Delish! I did not find the dijon over-powering. I used Maille Original Dijon. Read More
(4)
Rating: 4 stars
01/22/2017
I made this and I would agree with CharlotteMay. I'll try it with some honey or maple syrup next time. In addition since adding a cup of vegetable oil seemed like a lot of oil (and calories) to me I left it out. Worked quite well and tasted great. I also used Sweet Bavarian Mustard instead of Dijon. Served it with Raclette and everyone liked it. Also had it with Steak which was delicious. Poured some on the plate fried the steak and put it on the sauce with pears kiwi and tomatoes on the other half of the plate. No other spieces necessary. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/28/2016
Enjoyed this over a mixed salad with pomegranites walnuts and feta. Great combination and thinking of serving over the holidays when pomegranites are in season. Halving the recipe worked best. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2016
Perfect and didn't change a thing. Put it on leafy greens and served with pizza. Would absolutely make this again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2019
Delicious recipe the only change I made was I used Pc brand cranberry and orange sauce instead of plain cranberries as that s all I had on hand. What an amazing salad dressing my kids even love it!! Thank you Read More