Recipe: Incredible Cranberry Orange Dressing

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No need to worry about color & flavor with this one.

Happy December everyone! Phew!

I’ve got to tell you it’s been a busy few weeks here and it’s about to get even crazier. Anyone else got a super-packed month (ha ha that is kind of trick question)? Honestly it feels like summer just ended and here we are writing out Christmas lists and watching as our evening and weekend calendars get loaded up with social engagements and festive outings.

Wow. Allow me to just marvel for a moment and catch my breath.                                           

That’s better 🙂

In the craziness, I missed that my last post was indeed the 100th post for IPOM, and now I am excited to get started with the next 100, starting with this truly beautiful and shockingly delicious salad dressing! Here goes #101..

I was recently introduced to this after stumbling across the original Oh She Glows recipe randomly (I can’t even recall where I was tipped off!). I’ve got to hand major props to Angela at OSG for this one, as I am head over heels in love with this amazing creation.

Honestly, what could be more wonderful than bright cranberries to brighten our dinner plates and bring zest and zing to a bowl of fresh winter greens? The combination here of sweet and sour is nothing short of wonderful and I can tell you I’ve now made it no less that 10 times since I discovered it.

I even substituted blueberries in place of the cranberries for a purple color and deeper, sweeter flavor. So there. It’s amazing and versatile. Enough said.

Cranberry Orange Dressing | IPOM

The Less:

Less heavily oiled dressings means lighter textures and fewer calories. Less bland boring salad dressings means more ways to bring veggies to life. Less heavy meals around the holidays means more enjoyment when they do happen, so eating light when we can makes a big difference in how we feel.

The More:

More tangy, bright foods means more happiness on your tongue. More cranberries & summer fruits means more vitamin C and sunshine. More flavorful salads means more reasons to enjoy them, so staying healthy through the winter months is delicious & natural.

Incredible Cranberry Orange Dressing:

~ Adapted from Oh She Glows

  • (1) cup frozen or fresh cranberries (can also use blueberries for variation)
  • (1/4) cup maple syrup
  • (1/4) cup apple cider vinegar
  • (1/2) cup orange juice
  • (1/4) cup good olive oil
  • (1) tbsp Dijon mustard
  • (1/2) tsp salt

In a medium saucepan, combine the cranberries, maple syrup, and cider vinegar and heat over medium heat for 5-7 minutes until the cranberries are soft (careful not to boil this mixture as the vinegar liquid will condense and evaporate). The house will smell like you are pickling so be prepared, it will be worth it!

Allow the cranberry mixture to cool a little while you add the remaining ingredients to the blender. Add the cranberry mixture to the blender when a little cool and blend all until you get a silky and beautiful emulsion of goodness (YUM).

Transfer the mixture to a jar and refrigerate to cool – this will keep in the fridge for a good while, but this will not be a problem!

Cranberry Orange Dressing

I’ll share with you in an upcoming post my current favorite salad. I’ve enjoyed it many times since I stumbled upon this dressing and it so good I’ve got share it.

Yes, it does involve kale & brussels sprouts, naturally, and you’ll see what else is making my meals just that much for lively and fun.

Coming up, I’ll be sharing a holiday cookie for a festive cookie swap I was so graciously invited to join by the wonderful Kristy (heart) – so stay tuned, it’s a recipe close to my heart and I can’t wait to share it with you all!

  • What’s your favorite salad these days?
  • Got a favorite homemade dressing you are loving?

I think it is so great to have healthy & enticing light options this time of year when many of us may be worried about heavier foods and the effects of the celebrating and Christmas parties. I’d love to hear how you plan to spend the month!

Yours in Less,

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57 responses to “Recipe: Incredible Cranberry Orange Dressing

  1. Oh, yum…my mouth is watering. Can’t wait to try this dressing. I was mentally ticking off the ingredients in my kitchen as I read the recipe! Thanks for another creative (and scrumptious) recipe!

  2. Wow, what a great dressing for the season! I love orange and cranberries together. Our big plans for December? We’re moving! Shhh…all will be revealed on TKS soon. 🙂

  3. Yummmy…..must experiment with this. 🙂

  4. This dressing is gorgeous! The color and the texture look perfect! This would be a perfect dressing for the summer days, and for now of course too!! I usually go for the lighter dressings, so this would be perfect!

  5. I am shocked! It looks so nice. Massive congrats on 100 posts by the way, Shira!

  6. Shira, this sounds wonderful and I’ll certainly try it. But I have to admit that we often just drizzle our salads with some wonderful balsamic vinegar, sometimes with some marvelous ones such fig or pear, and use no oil at all. And besides that heresy, when I’m by myself, instead of making a salad to get my greens, I’ll just wash and eat lettuce on its own on a plate with a bunch of other veggies and fruits. 🙂 My version of raw.

    • I’m with you and adore a good balsamic and nothing else – but it has to be really good or it can be a little much for me! I hope you do try this – it is a winner! 🙂

  7. Love this! Great recipe you found! The colors are gorgeous. I love cranberries too. I have a recipe over a quinoa salad that I made a cranberry and balsamic reduction dressing with. So yummy! I love this one!

  8. This looks wonderful! I can just picture the amazing tanginess of cranberries, vinegar, and a hint of mustard together– yum.

  9. Oh look at the colour of the dressing – amazing! Have made beetroot soup – the colour came out like this. Never made Cranberries. Will give it a try for sure and will let you know:)

  10. Such a gorgeous shade of pink! Love this.

  11. Yum! Love the coloring 🙂 I made something similar to this with my left over Cranberry-orange relish I made for Turkey day!

  12. oooo yum!!! This would be a great way to use up the leftover cranberry relish we made for thanksgiving. Thanks Shira 🙂

  13. You’ve gotta be kidding me, our costco has a kale and brussel sprouts prepacked salad that was so cheap I had to buy it yesterday. But the dressing that comes in the package has egg, lots of sugar and oil so of course that was going to get tossed out. I’ve been wondering what I’m going to pair it with… I see apples and perhaps an orange beet???? Can’t wait for your salad recipe and your cookie recipe, in the meantime, I may roast a sweet potato to go over my salad! Oh and congrats on the 100 posts babe! xx

    • Thanks girl! I can’t wait to share this salad combo with you Somer!! It sounds like me and you are on the same wave-length again 🙂 For you I’ll share early if you want to email me – wouldn’t want to wait too long since you’ve got the goods!! XO

  14. This sounds so good! And, in the same vein, you might be interested in a cranberry relish that I posted that includes an orange with the rind. 🙂

  15. Woohoo! 101 posts! Go Shira, go Shira… Congratulations to one of my first ever blogging buds! Here’s to the next 100.

    Oh – and thanks for subbing in the blueberries for me (I’m sure it was just for my benefit). Cranberries aren’t so easy to find in our neck of the woods.

  16. I was just about to bookmark this for another day because I didn’t have cranberries but I’m going to sub blueberries and make this tonight. Thanks for the tip Shira!

  17. Tsiporah Grignon

    I have a question: Wouldn’t it be simpler to just blend all ingredients for this dressing, instead of heating the berries with vinegar etc. in a pot first?

    2nd question: is your family going to Whistler for the holidays?

    luv, mum

    • That is a good question Mom! I think you could do that…it just might be much more tart I am guessing?
      Yes, we are but not until the 25th for dinner 🙂 XO

  18. Oh la la! I want to try this soon. I don’t use oil so I don’t know if it will work for me, maybe some soaked cashew’s in place of the oil… It looks beautiful! Happy 100th!

  19. Reblogged this on MINDFUL CONSUMPTION and commented:
    An absolutely delightful recipe as we get going for the holidays. “In Pursuite of More” offers vegan and vegetarian recipes and gluten-free. Enjoy ….

  20. Even the color is so appetizing! I think apple cider vinegar makes a lot of difference, I recently starting using it and I love it.
    As for favorite salads, I prepared a version of a Thai salad (that I saw in a Thai kitchen course) with green beans, caramelized onions and toasted coconut, which was amazing!! I’ll definitely blog it 🙂
    P.S: I also need to take a look in here to see how I can use my bag of quinoa..

    • Yes Villy – there are some great quinoa recipes in the archives, I’d love to know if you try any of them! Your salad sounds incredible – I will have to watch for that! Thank you! 🙂

  21. Two comments on the same post 🙂 Hope you don’t mind but I nominated your wonderful blog for a Liebster Award today.

  22. Ooh love love love homemade dressings with interesting flavours. Thanks girl!

  23. I always love reading your posts and watching all the gorgeous photos you took ^^ the dressing looks so great, I’m truly impressed with its color ^^

  24. Love your holiday flair, Shira–I’m a hard-and-fast tangy honey peanut sauce fan when it comes to salad dressings, but this might come in close once I get a chance to try it (it looks absolutely delectable)!

  25. You know me Shira, a salad freak of sorts. This dressing, though! Oh My! Never seen the likes of it, but you can bet I will! How much room do you have here for “yums”? (Consider it taken!) xx

  26. Wow congrats on post 100!! That’s so awesome 🙂

    This dressing looks awesome and I have frozen blueberries! Perfect since I have been looking for a new dressing!

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