One of the major food items I cut out when I was transitioning to eat lean and green was most store bought dressings. It was a sad break up. I sometimes miss them. There are a few out there that I will purchase, but honestly why would I need to when I have this easy cranberry vinaigrette recipe in my back pocket?!
This is a fantastic dressing to keep on hand for quick lunch time salads or for a side salad to spice up a grilled chicken dinner! Personally, this is my favorite served right along side my Roasted Squash Soup. If you haven't made that soul-warming soup, it's a great time to try both!
This is simple, keeps well in the fridge, and is a perfect sweet + acidic balance to any meal. I serve this over kale, spinach, or mixed spring greens. I always add something crunchy, something creamy, and something fresh to make my salads really over the top! Today's salad I have spinach, slivered almonds, goat cheese, and cranberry vinaigrette.
Also heading into the holiday seasons cranberry goes so well with all your favorite savory dishes! So it's a perfect thing to bring to a family gathering or Friendsgiving. The brightness of the cranberry mixed with the earthiness of the shallots has my mouth watering already! Add in some goat cheese and you'll have a show stopping salad that tastes just as good as it looks. So let's get cooking!
How To Make A Cranberry Vinagrette
A vinaigrette consists of oil, salt, bit of sugar and of course some sort of vinegar!
In this case our ingredients are:
- Olive Oil
- Red Wine Vinegar
- Salt and Pepper
You make this easy cranberry vinaigrette by throwing it all into a mason jar and giving it a good shake until everything is well combined!
- 3 Tablespoons dried cranberries
- 3 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
- 1 Shallot thinly sliced
- 5 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 Tablespoon of honey
- pinch of salt and pepper to taste
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Thinly slice your shallot and add it to a mason jar or bowl
- Add in garlic, red wine vinegar, oil, honey, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
- Whisk to combine or shake it up in your mason jar.