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Cranberry Maple Vinaigrette Recipe

a thanksgiving leftovers salad drizzled with cranberry maple vinaigrette.

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Cranberry maple vinaigrette is the perfect dressing for a delicious salad that you can serve on the Thanksgiving table or any time of year! It will wake up your taste buds with a mix of sweet and tangy flavors.

Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup (170g) homemade cranberry sauce (canned is fine)
  • 1/2 cup (109g) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup (72g) balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Optional: 1/2 small shallot (diced), 1 garlic clove (minced)

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, liquid measuring cup, or mason jar.
  2. Whisk or seal and shake until ingredients are fully combined.
  3. Toss with your favorite salad or drizzle over chicken breast or shrimp and enjoy!

Notes

  • STORING: Store this dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. I love using a mason jar because it's easy to store in the fridge and shake up whenever you're ready to drizzle dressing onto a salad.
  • SERVING: Simply drizzle this dressing onto a salad whenever you're ready to eat it! I like to let it get closer to room temperature beforehand so it pours easily.
  • MAKING AHEAD: This maple cranberry vinaigrette is super simple to make ahead of time. Simply follow the recipe below and store it in the refrigerator until you're ready to use it and enjoy! The flavors might even come together a little bit better after letting it sit.
  • You can use fresh cranberries to make a homemade cranberry sauce if you'd like. Dried cranberries are also an easy, year-round way to make cranberry sauce from scratch to use in this cranberry maple vinaigrette!
  • Any vinegar will work in this recipe: balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, white wine vinegar, or apple cider vinegar!
  • If you like a smooth homemade salad dressing, you can put all of the ingredients into a blender and blend on high until the desired consistency is reach!
  • A little bit of fresh orange zest adds a fun twist to this recipe if you like cranberry and orange flavors together!
  • I recommend using homemade cranberry sauce to get a fresh and tart cranberry flavor in this vinaigrette recipe. You can use canned but it has a lot of artificial sweeteners and ingredients!
  • Since cranberries are a fall and winter food, I love tossing this dressing into winter salads with dark leafy greens, diced apple, pomegranate seeds, pumpkin seeds or walnuts, and a protein like chicken or shrimp!
  • This easy recipe is a great way to use up leftover cranberry sauce after a holiday meal, especially when you have a lot of Thanksgiving leftovers to use up. I love tossing it with a kale salad that includes kale, butter lettuce, pumpkin seeds or toasted pecans, crumbled goat cheese, turkey breast, and stuffing croutons!
  • If you like sweeter dressings, you'll love this recipe! If you like less sweet dressings, I would add a little bit more balsamic vinegar or even a splash or two of cranberry juice to cut some of the sweetness. You can also use less cranberry sauce and/or pure maple syrup!

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