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Cranberry-Dijon Vinaigrette

5 stars based on 5 votes

cranberry-dijon vinaigrette

This fabulous recipe was sent to me by Jim Orvis, one of my lovely readers and cooking pen pals from upstate NY. Made with puréed fresh cranberries, the vinaigrette is pretty-in-pink, full of tangy-sweet flavor, and perfect for the holidays. I love it drizzled over an autumn salad of mixed greens, sliced apples, toasted walnuts, and goat cheese. It also makes a great turkey sandwich spread or sauce for roast chicken or pork. Feel free to use frozen cranberries when fresh are not available.


It’s so easy to make. Simply combine all of the ingredients in a blender.


And purée until smooth.


That’s all there is to it. Enjoy!


Cranberry-Dijon Vinaigrette

Servings: 1-1/4 cups
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 10 Minutes


  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons chopped shallots, from 1 shallot
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and purée until completely smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use. The dressing will keep nicely in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days. Shake well before using.

Nutrition Information

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  • Serving size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 162
  • Fat: 16 g
  • Saturated fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 4 g
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Sodium: 70 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 g

Reviews & Comments

  • Is it really only a 1/4 cup of cranberries? My measure of that amount looks much smaller than what appears in your photos –both the amount in the bowl in the photos of all the ingredients, as well as the photo of the blender. Any mine look pretty average-sized! I think there are only 15 cranberries total in my 1/4 cup.

    - Julie on December 18, 2016 Reply
    • Yes, that’s correct Julie. Hope you enjoy it!

      - Jenn on December 18, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I used frozen cranberries…also had to use apple cider vinegar & olive oil as that was what I had on hand and it turned out great! My dressing did not foam! I will make this again!

    - Wendy G Schoenburg on December 3, 2016 Reply
  • 4 stars

    This recipe was great! Served it over Romaine with apples, feta and walnuts at a girl’s night out and everyone wanted to know why the dressing was pink! Loved it and guess I will have to make more cause I have lots of cranberries leftover

    - Judith Richardson on December 1, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made this dressing just after Thanksgiving and jested it over romaine, a very nice blue cheese, sliced honey crisp apples and some pistachios. It was fabulous! My husband, who is not typically interested in the salad, looked up and said, “what is the dressing on this salad? It’s terrific!”

    - Paula on December 1, 2016 Reply
  • I liked it a lot but my family did not care for the foamy texture. I’d give it a 4 star rating and they would give a 1 star.

    - Holly on November 24, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I really need to eat more salad. I shopped for the fresh bagged cranberries. Then I walked across the produce section and picked up a large plastic box of organic spring mix. Then 2 Honey Crisp apples, which were on sale. A little feta cheese and a bag of shelled walnuts and I was outta there. When I got home I roasted the nuts on a iron skillet. Made the vinaigrette just as written. Simple, delicious salad. Thanks a lot Jenn, it was really good!

    - Duffy on November 13, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    HOORAY! I’ve been looking for a cranberry vinaigrette. A local shop makes a fantastic salad with roasted pears (and blue cheese and walnuts). They used to have a wonderful cranberry vinaigrette to go with it, but for some crazy reason they’ve switched to a balsamic vinaigrette which overwhelms all of the flavors.

    But now I can make my own!!!

    Time to go home and roast some pears!!

    (I haven’t tried this recipe yet, but I’m giving it five stars because I know that it will be outstanding!)

    - pilar on November 3, 2016 Reply
  • Hi. We don’t get fresh cranberries in this part of the world. Could I use dry cranberries instead? Thanks in advance..

    - Vanita Tondon on November 3, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Vanita, Unfortunately, dried cranberries won’t work but frozen will. Hope that helps!

      - Jenn on November 3, 2016 Reply

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