Cranberry Vinaigrette

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | November 25th, 2020 | Recipes, Spreads & Sauces

Use up those leftover cranberries with this simple salad dressing recipe.

cranberry vinaigrette

cranberry vinaigrette

Cranberry Vinaigrette

Michele Pesula Kuegler

Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins

Course Salad

Servings 4



  • 1/4 cup cranberries
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • olive oil



  • Combine cranberries, vinegar, and sugar in a blender or food processor.
  • Pulse until most of the cranberries are pureed.
  • Add oil, as desired. Most recipes would recommend 1/2 cup.*


I prefer no oil in my dressing, but that produces a very tart vinaigrette.

Keyword cranberries

It’s the day before Thanksgiving, but with most people staying home and having smaller than usual gatherings, you may have extra cranberries. Give this vinaigrette a try. A little salad after the indulgence of Thanksgiving is always welcome (for me, anyway), so why not give it some seasonal flavor? If you want to balance this healthiness with something indulgent, try these simple Sweet Potato Casserole Bites.

To learn more about this recipe, originally published in November 2015, keep reading.

Fresh cranberries are available in most grocery stores during the fall and through New Year’s. Every year I say that I will buy a few extra bags and freeze them, but I always forget to do so. However, what I do manage to do is buy them frequently and enjoy them while they’re in season.

Like many people, homemade cranberry sauce graced our Thanksgiving table. For me, it is the ideal topping for my slices of turkey. (Who needs gravy when you have cranberry sauce?) Also like many people, we had a refrigerator full of leftovers the days after Thanksgiving. I wasn’t in the mood for another heaping plate of turkey and stuffing but did want to assist in the fridge clean out. My solution- a salad of leftovers.

Because I had bought more cranberries than needed, I had an extra bag of cranberries in the fridge. Rather than making another round of cranberry sauce, I thought a vinaigrette would be a good use for the berries. With their tartness, they would help lighten it and give a nice taste of fall to the salad.

Now as I purchase bags of cranberries, I have another use for these fall berries. It is sure to be a repeated recipe in the coming weeks (and throughout the spring, if I remember to freeze a few bags!).

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