Two Salad Vinaigrette Recipes | Maple Walnut & Cranberry (2024)

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Here are two seasonal salad dressings that are great to make up and have on hand for harvest or holiday salads. The festive colors and flavors are all you need to dress up a bowl of your favorite fresh greens.

I'm sharing two viniagrette recipes in this post. The Maple Walnut Viniagrette has a combination of sweet and nutty flavors from the maple syrup and walnuts. The oh-so-beautiufl Cranberry Viniagrette is tangy and refreshing.

First, a little salad dressing science. Have you ever wondered why the oil and vinegar in some dressings separates no matter how much you stir or shake them, while some dressings stay mixed? Without getting too technical (couldn't even if I wanted to), there is science involved. In a nutshell, salad dressings that stay mixed have ingredients that serve as emulsifiers. Huh? Well, emulsifiers work to bind the ingredients like oil and vinegar that naturally want to separate. Some common emulsifiers that you see in salad dressing recipes are mustard, egg yolks, tomato paste, cream and garlic. Two things have to happen in order for your salad dressing to stay mixed: (1)There must be emulsifiers in the ingredients, and(2) the vinegar and flavorings have to be stirred rapidly (with a whisk, food processor, or blender) to break them into particles while oil is slowly added.End of science lesson--well, it was kind of sciency. Best I can do. (You can read more specifics about the science here.)

I say all that as an explanation of the ingredients and technique that I used in creating these viniagrette recipes.

  • Both recipes stay mixed. The ingredients include mustard and garlic powder that work as emulsifiers. I demonstrate in the photos below how to stream in the oil so that the dressing mixes well and stays that way.
  • Both recipes are low fat. The cranberry sauce in one recipe and maple syrup and walnuts in the other provide enough body that it isn't necessary to add as much oil as is normally used in a vinaigrette.
  • Both recipes keep well in the fridge. Up to 2 weeks. I used garlic powder instead of fresh garlic so that it is safe to store it longer in the fridge. If you substitute fresh garlic in these recipes, make sure you use it within 1 week to avoid dangerous bacteria forming.

To skip the photos and tutorial and go straight to the recipes, here are the links:


How to make Maple Walnut Vinaigrette

Step 1. Assemble the ingredients: apple cider vinegar, pure maple syrup, salt, ground white pepper, ground dry mustard, garlic powder, & walnuts. Not pictured: olive oil and canola oil (or other neutral tasting oil).

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Step 2. Add everything except the oils to the food processor bowl. (You can also use a blender.) Turn it on and let it whirl until everything is pulverized. The walnuts should be completely pureed.

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Step 3. With the food processor running, slowly add the oils in a thin stream through the feed tube. Keep the food processor running until everything is well combined.

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Done! So easy, so delicious.

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NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (for 1 tablespoon): 73 calories, 5.2g fat, 6.3 carbs, 5.3g sugar, 0g fiber, .9g protein; WeightWatchers PointsPlus: 2

Here's the recipe:


Here's a yummy salad that uses Maple Walnut Vinaigrette:
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How to make Cranberry Vinaigrette.

Step 1.Assemble the ingredients: olive oil, canola oil (or other neutral tasting oil), red winevinegar, salt, ground white pepper, ground dry mustard, garlic powder,whole berry cranberry sauce. You can use store bought cranberry sauce or make your own. Here's my recipe:

View Classic Cranberry Sauce Recipe

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Step 2.Add everything except the oils to the food processor bowl. (You can also use a blender.) Turn it on and let it whirl until everything is pulverized. The cranberry sauce should be completely pureed.

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Step 3.With the food processor running, slowly add the oils in a thin stream through the feed tube. Keep the food processor running until everything is well combined.

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Done! Isn't it beautiful? I love that color.

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NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (for 1 tablespoon): 41 calories, 3.2g fat, 2.9 carbs, 2.5g sugar, 0g fiber, .1g protein; WeightWatchers PointsPlus: 1

Here's the recipe:


It's great to have both of these on hand. They taste very different, but both are delicious finishing touches on your holiday salads. Dress salad greens with either of these and add your favorite combination of dried fruit, apples, pears, nuts or cheese. They're festive and versatile throughout the holiday season.

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Make it a yummy day!

Monica

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