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Incredible Cranberry Orange Dressing

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 (haha 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 than 10 times since I discovered it. I even substituted blueberries in place of the cranberries for a purple colour and deeper, sweeter flavour. So there. It’s amazing and versatile. Enough said.Incredible Cranberry Orange Dressing | IPOM

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! I’ll share with you in an upcoming post my current favourite 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.Incredible Cranberry Orange Dressing | IPOM

60 responses to “Incredible Cranberry Orange Dressing

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

    1. 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! 🙂

  3. 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!

  4. 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

    1. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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

    1. 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

  7. 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!

  8. 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..

    1. 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! 🙂

  9. 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)!

  10. 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

  11. I have a similar recipe from Gratefulprayerthankfulheart but decided to try yours for a little change 🙂
    Delicious and I love your blog and all your yummy recipes. I’ll be back for more for sure!

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