Holiday Salad with Cranberry Apple Orange Vinaigrette

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on November 17, 2011

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Pop Quiz: Shredded Coconut or snow?

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Answer: Shredded coconut

……just joking!

It’s snow. We had our first dusting of snow today and it made for a nice backdrop for a few photos.

The snow also made for a near-death experience while carrying the camera, tripod, plate, and salad dressing across the slippery deck. This may have been due to wearing Eric’s Size XXL Crocs… Or at least they felt that big on my small feet!

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Anyways, back to this dressing. I’m in love with it. That’s really all there is to say.

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I’ve wanted to make a fall-inspired salad for a long time now. I made one back in September, but I just couldn’t get the dressing right. For some weird reason, I got stuck on making a cinnamon-spiced almond butter dressing, but sadly it didn’t live up to the dream. Eric and I both thought it just tasted all kinds of wrong. I think he may have gagged. bahaha.

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I was back at it yesterday and I’m really happy with how this salad turned out!

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This time, I was stuck on a cranberry-orange dressing. I ended up using frozen cranberries, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, fresh clementine juice, kosher salt, freshly ground pepper, and Dijon mustard for the dressing.

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You can use fresh or frozen cranberries and any type of orange juice you prefer. Fresh is always nice if you have it, but you can use 100% pure orange juice from a carton too. I used some clementines because we had a big crate to use up.

Start by cooking the cranberries in a pot along with the maple syrup and vinegar. Cook them over low-medium heat for about 7-10 minutes, until they burst. They will look like this:

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Dear Santa, please bring me new pots. I’ll make you chocolate chip cookies. Love, me.

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Then I added this cooked cranberry mixture into my blender and blended it along with the rest of the ingredients. The result is a gorgeous berry coloured salad dressing that is sweet with a light tangy aftertaste.

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I had a lot of fun with this salad! Man, it feels like I haven’t had much colour in my photography lately so this salad was welcomed.

Pop Quiz: What backdrop do you like best?

Green:

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Orange:

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Blue:

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White:

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Holiday #1

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Holiday #2

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I bought some fabric at Fabricland this past weekend. ;)

I think my favourite backdrop in this photo is the royal blue colour.

Back to the salad. I get distracted by bright colours obviously!

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Holiday Salad with Apple, Pear, Cranberry, and Walnuts

Who says holiday dinners have to be unhealthy? Fuel up on this for more energy to kick Uncle Joe’s butt!

Serves: 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 1 large box of organic mixed greens (or greens of choice)
  • 1 large apple, chopped
  • 1 large pear, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, lightly toasted
  • 1/4 cup pepita seeds, optional
  • Cranberry dressing from above

 

1. Add washed and dried greens into a large salad bowl. Add toppings and serve. Drizzle with cranberry vinaigrette.

You know I got all fancy pants on you…

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This dressing is the best for fancy pants designs on the side of the plate. You know you want to!

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Love, the fancy pants who wears size XXL Crocs

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Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) November 17, 2011 at 6:03 pm

I love the royal blue, too! :)

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Karlee November 17, 2011 at 6:07 pm

I like the orange one! It makes me want to eat orange food!! Mmmm pumpkin :)

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Lisa Marie November 17, 2011 at 6:08 pm

I like the blue!

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Karlee November 17, 2011 at 6:08 pm

XXL crocs are soo dangerous! I always wear my Dad’s shoes outside and look like a clown. As long as you don’t wear them to the store, the fashion police can’t find you :P

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 17, 2011 at 8:22 pm

haha does schlepping down the driveway to the mailbox count?

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Rachel November 17, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Definitely the green or the holiday 1. The other colors are too distracting.

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myna lee November 25, 2011 at 10:23 am

i prefer the green too, excepthat the beets don’t show up as well
so i choose holiday1

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Robyn November 17, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Orange AND white,,,,,,Can’t wait to try this dressing,,,refuse to buy them when it’s so easy!

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Rachel November 17, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Love the royal blue too! And this salad sounds delicious. I love cranberry and orange together!

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Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day November 17, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Yum!! That looks and sounds great… I actually like the white background the best.

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Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries November 17, 2011 at 6:28 pm

This salad and vinaigrette look SO GOOD. They are some of my favorite combination of flavor and foods. Definitely making this! I love all the bright, beautiful colors in your photos too!

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Cara @ EAT. PRAY. RUN. November 17, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Love this whole post, especially the photos, they are GORGEOUS! Loving the fall colors :) I kinda think the coconut snow idea is clever…shhhh ;)

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kaitlin @4loveofcarrots November 17, 2011 at 6:35 pm

That dressing looks soo good I want to drink it!!

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Su November 17, 2011 at 6:36 pm

I like the white one!

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Melissa November 17, 2011 at 6:40 pm

White or Orange :)

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carol November 17, 2011 at 6:44 pm

My Vote is for the Royal Blue too ! cannot wait to whip this dressing up this weekend ! looks wonderful and tangy :)

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Ruth November 17, 2011 at 6:45 pm

I really like the royal blue and the blue holiday one! That salad looks simply divine!

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Charlotte November 17, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Love the White!

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Ami @ parsnips and pears November 17, 2011 at 6:52 pm

yummmmm that dressing and salad looks soooo good! I personally like the green or Holiday 2 best ;)

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Mandiee November 17, 2011 at 7:01 pm

I officially know what salad I’m making for Thanksgiving. Thanks!

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Kari @ bite-sized thoughts November 17, 2011 at 7:03 pm

This looks delightful :) And so festive. I love the snow too – pretty (albeit easy for me to say from my summer-approaching country…)!

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Kathi November 17, 2011 at 7:10 pm

I liked the white one. It looked clean and crisp. And I could see what was in the jar….craisins! This looks like a winner for me too to the for Thanksgiving. : ) Thanks!

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen November 17, 2011 at 7:17 pm

I like the green and blue.
I totally thought you were serious with the coconut at first and was like “damn, I wouldn’t be wasting all that coconut!” Glad to hear you’re not crazy ;)

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes November 17, 2011 at 7:18 pm

This is just beautiful!! Seriously the colours are fab :D

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Audrey November 17, 2011 at 7:24 pm

I like the holiday backgrounds. Oh, and that was hilarious about the coconut. I was like, “wait, she *really* used coconut?!” Haha. Love your writing style. Love your recipes. Love your photography. Love your site. And the salad sounds amazing, too. :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 17, 2011 at 8:20 pm

haha ;) Thanks Audrey

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 17, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Ooh that mustard looks familiar! ;) My vote is for the green backdrop, but the blue looks great too (as do those lovely 3 little pink dots that you’ve artistically placed on the side of the salad bowl!) Sounds delicious!! :)

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Jessica November 17, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Blue, it makes the food pop. And this looks delicious!!

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Kit-Kat November 17, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Green wins! It compliments the tone and shading of the picture subjects, if you ask me. If not the green, then the orange works, since it hints a fall-ish flavor (and the photo subjects are kinda fall-ish).

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Faith @ For the Health of It November 17, 2011 at 7:34 pm

I’m wearing flip flips and shorts and you’re talking about snow? That’s sooo wrong – especially since I would give my left arm for some cooler weather right about now!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 17, 2011 at 8:20 pm

umm I’ll switch!

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Dawn November 17, 2011 at 7:45 pm

I am running out in the morning to buy cranberries and make this dressing!! Yum! I love the white background!

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kathleen @ the daily crumb November 17, 2011 at 7:48 pm

i’m right there with you on the working from home fashion dilemma! it’s a win if i change out of uggs and yoga pants.

this salad looks delicious. it’s so refreshing to see vibrant, bright colors and fresh veggies in the midst of so many holiday indulgences. it’s all about balance :)

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Erin @ The Grass Skirt November 17, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Thanks for this, Angela! I’ve had a bag of fresh cranberries in my fridge for days and haven’t known what to do with them. I’m making this dressing tomorrow! :)

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Lys November 17, 2011 at 7:53 pm

I also like the royal blue, as none of the objects in the foreground are that color. It makes them pop!

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Ruth November 17, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Angela, I love your blog. :-) I feel encouraged by seeing healthy ingredients combined to make real, satisfying, delicious meals. I am partial to blue, but I actually liked the orange best with the autumn fruits.

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Amanda November 17, 2011 at 8:08 pm

I also work from home and yesterday I showered…and then put my pj pants back on. It was just that kind of a day. haha

That dressing sounds really delicious. I especially love the color – so vibrant and pretty. And you totally fooled me into thinking that was shredded coconut outside. Anything for a good photo, right? ;)

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Michelle November 17, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Blue!!! It makes the food pop! Did I just say that in reference to food? :)

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Sabina November 17, 2011 at 8:12 pm

There’s nothing wrong with using frozen cranberries. Fruits and vegetables are picked at their peak of freshness and then frozen. They’re often fresher than fresh produce. :-)

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Ashley November 17, 2011 at 8:17 pm

I like the white or holiday #2!! I just made cranberry sauce today and it was such a nice change to photograph, compared to brown bread + orange risotto. :) This dressing sounds awesome! I’m now crossing off “thanksgiving salad” fom my thanksgiving blog to-do list. YUM

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jess @ cupcakes and kale November 17, 2011 at 8:20 pm

what a lovely salad! i’m not really a fan of fruity dressings, but i may just give this one a try…
and re: the backdrops, call me plain jane, but i think the white backdrop is the most appealing – simple, clean & the ingredients really pop!

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Cait's Plate November 17, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Oh my gosh I love how vibrant the color of that vinaigrette is! The salad looks absolutely incredible as well.

Also – I think I like Holiday #1 for the backgrounds :)

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Alaina November 17, 2011 at 8:48 pm

I love fruity and nutty salads! This looks right up my alley.

I like either the green or white. The other colors do seem rather eye popping!

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Marcy November 17, 2011 at 8:53 pm

I like the orange the best. It was cool to see the different effects of the different backdrops.

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Olya November 17, 2011 at 8:59 pm

orange!

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Kath November 17, 2011 at 9:02 pm

I like the white!!

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Kaila @healthyhelperblog! November 17, 2011 at 9:03 pm

The blue is my favorite too!!!

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Lauren (Diary of a Vegan Girl) November 17, 2011 at 9:06 pm

That salad looks delicious! I love that the color of the dressing goes so good with the coming holidays :)

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Julia @ PaperCrank November 17, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Love the blue backdrop – the food just pops off the screen! I can’t wait to try these recipes – they sound delish!!

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kelli November 17, 2011 at 9:34 pm

i like the contrast of colors with the blue. yummy-looking salad!

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 17, 2011 at 9:38 pm

This looks great! Just the other day I made a Cranberry Mango Orange recipe. I love that you put dijon in yours…I bet that’s great in it!

And the salad is so colorful…eating the rainbow. Or eating red and green. It all works, especially this time of year :)

Beautiful pics, too!

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laura November 17, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Love the blue & white!

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Jordanna November 17, 2011 at 9:50 pm

My fave is Holiday #2 :) Thanks for asking.

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Tatomme Flanagan November 17, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Green or white!!

I made your chili (with more of a bean medly) and it was actually amazing!!! Thank you!!!!!

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Katalina November 17, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Love the orange colour!!!!;)

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape November 17, 2011 at 10:11 pm

That salad looks fantastic!!

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Steph November 17, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Holiday #1! Popular vote likes the blue, but I find it distracting.

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jb November 17, 2011 at 10:22 pm

I’m always looking for a new dressing to dip my veggies in, and this one just looks so so so good! I love the bright colour, it make me think of all things fall. I’ll have to make a batch asap!

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Hannah November 17, 2011 at 10:28 pm

I think that’s funny you like the royal blue – it’s my least favorite! Just looks too artificial to me. I like the white or the holiday ones. Nice and crisp with the fresh, crisp food :)

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Allison November 17, 2011 at 11:36 pm

Orange, for sure! The colors of the food really popped against it, plus it’s seasonally appropriate. Second runner up is Holiday #2, in my book :). Can’t wait to try that dressing; orange and cranberry are a match made in heaven!

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Abigail Swift November 17, 2011 at 11:53 pm

I like the orange because they are sweet potatoes, my favorite! and holiday #1!

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Char @ www.charskitchen.ca November 18, 2011 at 12:39 am

Wow, beautiful salad!! I love the colour of the vinaigrette :D

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[email protected] November 18, 2011 at 12:47 am

Each color has its own and unique message. Green makes it look very healthy, orange makes you feel hungry, white is neutral. But I say Holiday # 1 wins because I’m already tuned into Christmas!

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Alyssa November 18, 2011 at 12:58 am

I am loving the orange one and its not just because my orange and blue team won tonight;-)

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Jonathan November 18, 2011 at 1:21 am

Gorgeous – from the ingredients to the photos (btw-I personally like the white background, but I can definitely see why you prefer the royal blue). Such a creative dressing that gives us yet another wonderful use for cranberries. Thank you, Angela!

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Brandy November 18, 2011 at 1:32 am

Green, white, or holiday 1. The others feel to distracting. Green softens the photo up a bit, white makes the ingredients pop, and holiday 1 allows the ingredients to be fully represented with a bit of a soft holiday background.

Just sent this recipe to a friend who posted that her daughter asked for a salad. It looks amazing and I can’t think of a kid who wouldn’t want to eat the sweet yumminess this would make!! I typically make a similar salad for the holidays, but I love to top it with blue cheese, which I’m trying to eliminate, but I haven’t figured out what exactly to use to fill in that pungent salty flavor. Any ideas???!

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Jessy (squeezetheday) November 18, 2011 at 1:50 am

At first I was appaled that you would waste so much coconut, haha.

Holiday #1 for the background!

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Elisabetta November 18, 2011 at 2:09 am

Delicious, I wanna try this recipe! I like Holiday 1 backdrop… and I like your “Cinderella’s shoes” too! ;-) Ciao!!!

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Sherry November 18, 2011 at 5:36 am

Salads look yummy! I like the white background because the colored backgrounds draw my eye to the color, not to the items in the photo. I also like the simplicity of the white background. Your photos on your site are all gorgeous and I love your recipes. Thank you!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 18, 2011 at 8:24 am

Thanks Sherry :) I like white for those reasons too! Although I have a hard time white balancing it!

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Kelley Forbes November 18, 2011 at 6:19 am

Holiday #1!!

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers November 18, 2011 at 7:23 am

Oh Angela this sounds awesome! What a great dressing to have for the winter season. I am just loving cranberries lately. I think I’m actually getting addicted to them. Making your dressing this weekend! Thank you! By the way, I like the blue background, the food really pops!

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Lori @ Lori Wants Happy November 18, 2011 at 7:31 am

I was just about to leave a belated comment about how I cracked up at the commit-me remark when I saw that it was gone! A change for political correctness? Darn. Regardless, beautiful photos…love your blog :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 18, 2011 at 5:20 pm

haha yea I read it over and was worried that it could be taken the wrong way.

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 18, 2011 at 8:19 am

Usually my salad dressing is just an afterthought to my salad. But I love how you make it the star of the meal. This looks so delicious!

PS. I can’t believe we got our first snow of the season. Ahhh!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 18, 2011 at 8:24 am

I know and it’s cold today! eeps

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Katrina November 18, 2011 at 8:38 am

This salad is so yummy and healthy looking :)

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Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove November 18, 2011 at 8:50 am

I like the first holiday backdrop and the royal blue. With that said, this dressing looks absolutely amazing! Cranberries, apples, AND oranges?! Yep. I’m in.

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LizAshlee November 18, 2011 at 9:06 am

I love cranberry orange! The photo looks like it would also be a delicious smoothie too…even though you did get some snow! I like white, holiday #1…Happy Friday ! :)

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Steffany November 18, 2011 at 9:17 am

I like the royal blue backdrop best too ! (: But the holiday one (the first one) is a close second. ^__^

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Natalie November 18, 2011 at 9:25 am

I like Holiday 1!

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[email protected] Broken Cookies Don't Count November 18, 2011 at 9:27 am

The salad and the dressing look and sound delicious. Not sure why, but I like the green best!

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[email protected] November 18, 2011 at 9:29 am

I think I have all the ingredients and am making that dressing today. I can’t decide on the backdrop, I like them all.

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Lisa Broadley November 18, 2011 at 9:49 am

I like the blue background because of the contrast. Yeah and I’m not the only one that uses boxed salad mixes!

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Andrea @ Vegvacious November 18, 2011 at 9:52 am

Yummy! That salad looks awesome. I think I like the blue background and I also like holiday #2.

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Becca November 18, 2011 at 9:58 am

The green is my favorite! It matches the “greens” so well.

This recipe sounds delicious and is beautiful in color, however… my complaint with this recipe is tiny amount of olive oil. Olive oil is soooo good for the heart and the overall body, so we shouldn’t be skimping on it! Also, you need a good amount of fat in salad dressings in order to fully absorb all of the fat-soluble nutrients present in the greens and other veggies (vitamin A, vitamin K, etc).

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Jess @ Jess Go Bananas November 18, 2011 at 10:00 am

I liked the orange! There is something about oranges and clementines that just scream “soul mates!”

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[email protected] November 18, 2011 at 10:04 am

The photos look so pretty with the orange and red together. My husband’s shoes just about fit me. I am walking on skis here. Makes finding vegan shoes verrrry difficult.

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Jen Doyle November 18, 2011 at 10:14 am

This looks delish! And I just want to tell you that I tell everyone and I mean EVERYONE I meet about your site!!! Family, friends, coworkers… even my massage therapist yesterday! haha I think you’re an amazing person, so sweet and empowering and I love your recipes! I check your blog daily, thank you and cannot wait for your cookbook!

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Lia November 18, 2011 at 10:28 am

I actually liked the Holiday backdrop # 2 the best I think. The dressing sounds fabulous by the way!

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Mara November 18, 2011 at 10:39 am

Somehow the orange pops out even though I don’t want to like it. First choice would be green, then Holiday#1, then white! I’m not very good at just picking one as you can see:-(
Hope the cookbook proposal is coming along:-) Have a great weekend! Snowing in beautiful BC

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[email protected] November 18, 2011 at 10:52 am

I love the cranberry-orange combo, especially this time of year. Salad dressing creation is my weakness, so I appreciate you doing the work for me! And I totally understand your need for new pots. The only one I have with a fitting lid is the tiniest one ever, only suited for oatmeal. For which I don’t need a lid.

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Anamarie November 18, 2011 at 11:09 am

I like Holiday #2!

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Carolyn @ HealthKitten.com November 18, 2011 at 11:20 am

I like the orange! :)

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Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy November 18, 2011 at 11:27 am

This salad sounds delicious! The salad dressing is such a pretty color! Very festive! I hope you have a wonderful Friday, and fabulous weekend!

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Stacy @ Say it with Sprinkles November 18, 2011 at 11:31 am

I actually really like the white backdrop, hahaha! BUT…I also love the holiday backdrops! And the looks of that salad dressing, yum! Sometimes on cold days I think it might help to have pretty dressings to get me to eat salad instead of warm comfort foods!

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Sarah S. November 18, 2011 at 11:35 am

I like the orange backdrop the best! And OMG this salad looks sooo yummy!

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mary @ what's cookin with mary November 18, 2011 at 11:42 am

Who knew a salad dressing could be so beautiful!? I think the light dusting of snow makes the shot absolutely gorgeous. I love when the weather cooperates.

I’m going to be heading over to my Dad’s for this Thanksgiving and am responsible for bringing the salad. I think I found the recipe I’ll bring :)

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Sonia (the Mexigarian) November 18, 2011 at 11:48 am

I like the green background. Or orange. Nice and bright. The salad looks amazingly refreshing and holds all of the taste of fall.

And I am dying for some clementines. I should have got some last time I was at WF.

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Christy November 18, 2011 at 11:51 am

White – crisp and clean. ;-)

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Kris | iheartwellness.com November 18, 2011 at 11:52 am

Hey Gorgeous!! This salad looks to die for!!!! I love this time of year where we get to experiment with all these different combos….cranberry and orange is such a gorgeous one to pair up!! Love it and can’t wait to try it!!

Love the crocs…..I wear Ryan’s shoes all the time to take the dog out :)

xxoo

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Cat @Breakfast to Bed November 18, 2011 at 11:58 am

either the blue or holiday 2. Also, please tell me that in Canada, that if you don’t press your own oranges, oj too, comes in bags.

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Mandy November 18, 2011 at 12:14 pm

I like the royal blue the best, although some of the others were nice.. That blue REALLY makes the other colours in the photo pop..

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Moni'sMeals November 18, 2011 at 12:20 pm

I think blue too. :)

This is such a fancy and stunning dressing! I am glad to know of it for later meals. :)

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Dana November 18, 2011 at 12:27 pm

That looks lovely! I love the color of the dressing!

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Lizz @ Leading the Good Life November 18, 2011 at 1:22 pm

sounds delicious!

i like the white backdrop or holiday #2.

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Anna @ The Guiltless Life November 18, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Green and Holiday #1! Holiday #2 is a bit of a busy print for my eyes, but they’re all awesome. I quite like the simple white background too.

I love that you did a seasonal salad – I hate when people just stop eating salads after summer, I love them year-round!

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Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner November 18, 2011 at 1:38 pm

I like white or holiday 1!
That salad looks delish!

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Hannah November 18, 2011 at 1:43 pm

These are probably my favorite salads. Pairing berries with bitter greens is such a luscious combination, especially with sliced apples. Mmm!

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Amy November 18, 2011 at 1:54 pm

DeFinitely holiday #2.

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Carissa November 18, 2011 at 2:13 pm

I like the Holiday #2 because it sort of mimics cranberries in the background, but also the blue for the bright pop of a different color. The dressing sounds delicious! I’ve been seriously craving cranberries lately.

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Meagan November 18, 2011 at 2:22 pm

This looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it!

I like the blue!

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Rachael @ FreshlyMinted November 18, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Great idea! My mom’s homemade cranberry sauce is great on Thanksgiving – this extends those flavors to “every day” meals, too :)

By the way, I just took my first trip to a Fortino’s in Ancaster, ON a few weeks ago – I WISH we had the President’s Choice brand in the States!

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[email protected] November 18, 2011 at 2:32 pm

I love orange-y vineigrettes! I fell in love with an orange poppy seed vinaigrette from a soup/salad buffet restaurant here. :D I’ll make sure to give this a try~AND I was wondering what to do with my cranberries from last year! haha. Wait, perhaps I should save it for this Thanksgiving’s cran sauce? Hope you have a beautiful day Angela~ Oh, and I like Holiday #1

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Katie Zega November 18, 2011 at 2:47 pm

i like the orange, blue, and holiday 2!!!
can’t WAIT to make this orange cranberry vinaigrette! my mom will love it!! :)

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Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes November 18, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Fruit salads are the best! The dressing looks amazing. And everything is so bright and beautiful!

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Alicia @beingLA November 18, 2011 at 3:28 pm

I love seeing snow in your pictures! Being that I live in Los Angeles, I don’t see snow very often :) Thanks for sharing these lovely recipes…the salads look very colorful and I love that they’re full of healthy ingredients!

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With Style and Grace November 18, 2011 at 3:50 pm

This is my kinda salad and MUST to be on our thanksgiving table!

Tough choice, but I like white and Holiday #2

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Sarah with Veggie Kids November 18, 2011 at 3:50 pm

That dressing looks like a beet juice drink or something! Beautiful color! I can’t believe you had snow already. Living in California my kids still have never seen snow…sad! But we’re beachy people so unless I have to be in the snow, I’m not driving to find it.

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Kim Sullivan November 18, 2011 at 4:18 pm

I love the royal blue! Really makes everything POP! Can’t wait to try the recipe! I love your site and I will be one of the first in line to buy your cookbook!

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kristen November 18, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Orange and white are my favorite’s for the photo!

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Jen @ keepitsimplefoods.com November 18, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Yum! This looks tangy and light and just plain good. P.S.- how do you insert the text on your photos? Do you do that in Lightroom? Thanks!

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Carly November 18, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Sounds so amazing! I can’t wait to try it

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suzanne November 18, 2011 at 8:39 pm

This looks so good – may bring it to Thanksgiving dinner- maybe others would try it too. I love the holiday 1 …and the orange. (until next week then I will not be into orange – just green and red and all things Christmas!:-)

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suzanne November 18, 2011 at 8:41 pm

so I guess this dressing fits the bill for December too (it IS red and all!) :-)

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meredith November 18, 2011 at 8:51 pm

This has nothing to do with your dressing(which looks amazing by the way), but i just made your chocolate chip banana oat cake and it is delicious!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 19, 2011 at 9:15 am

I’m happy to hear that!

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Bailey November 18, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Sounds delicious! I think the orange backdrop is my fave :)

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Melissa November 18, 2011 at 9:58 pm

I like the orange or green

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Leslie Paquette November 18, 2011 at 10:29 pm

I actually like the white the best. That dressing and salad look delicous!!

Wanted to let you know that tonight I made your high protein mashed potatoes but subbed homemade carmelized onions for the garlic. The paprika made the potatoes turn an odd color, sort of peach colored but I think it might be because the paprika I used is extremely vibrant. My husband tasted them and said they were delicious and had no clue what the “secret” ingredient was. At least I know I’ll have something delish AND filling to eat at the dinner party I’m bringing them to tomorrow.

Feeling ambitious, I also made your no bake chocolate torte and OMG yum!!! Once again, my husband loved it and couldn’t identify the secret ingredient, which he always tells me he doesn’t like. You should have seen his face when I told him, lol!!!!! The only thing stopped me from “testing” it again is that it’s in pie form !! I can’t wait to serve these two dishes tomorrow night :) Thanks for all of your delicious recipes and great blog :) ~Leslie

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 19, 2011 at 9:15 am

I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed the recipes! Maybe I should tone done the paprika in the recipe a bit? heh

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Karen November 19, 2011 at 12:18 am

White. I like it clean and without the distraction of the colors/patterns.

You posted a link to print off the recipe for the vinagrette but not the salad. Please include links for both when you post multiple recipes. I know its all the rage for bloggers to have a zillion photos every post but it’s a hassle if you just want the recipe to have to delete them all when you go to print it off. There is no cookbook in the world big enough for everyone’s step by step photos. The salad looks and sounds just lovely. Can’t wait to try it!

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Drisana (SoulShineBlog) November 19, 2011 at 7:24 am

I love cranberry sauce with oranges, such a good idea for a salad dressing! And your pics are beautiful! I think I like the white background the best, but blue and green are nice too and do add some color!

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bamboocookie November 19, 2011 at 8:30 am

Hi Angela,
i love your pics and the way you write!
It’s amazing to read your blog :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 19, 2011 at 9:14 am

Thank you :)

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Varsha November 19, 2011 at 10:25 am

I love the blue. I also like the green.

Would you call me weird if I said that the spoon looks cute with the cherry through it? :)

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kr November 19, 2011 at 12:15 pm

i vote blue

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Kathy November 19, 2011 at 2:38 pm

I like the orange & holiday #2 backdrops best :]
The vinaigrette looks delicious on it’s own to be honest! So pretty :]

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Ashley November 19, 2011 at 2:53 pm

I like white and holiday #2. :) The salad looks delicious! Wish I could have it for lunch.

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Kristin November 19, 2011 at 4:37 pm

This looks so yummy! and I laughed out loud at your husband’s Crocs… I do the same exact thing! Garbage needs to go out? Wear my husband’s Crocs. Need to go in the basement? Husband’s Crocs. :)

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Lauren November 19, 2011 at 5:01 pm

I like blue and holiday one!

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Jes Suazo November 20, 2011 at 12:24 am

This dressing is absolutely fabulous! I am in love. Just made a double batch to share with friends at a Thanksgiving party tomorrow. Thank you!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 20, 2011 at 9:51 am

So glad you enjoyed it!

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Deborah November 20, 2011 at 12:34 am

I think I like the green first and the blue second. That dressing looks soooo amazing! I really want to try it soon. I think I might even sprinkle some pomegranate seeds on the salad…yum! Oh and we got our stainless steel pots and pans at Costco. Great quality and great price. I’ll whisper to Santa for you ;-)

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Irina November 20, 2011 at 3:48 am

I vote blue, it is beautiful and offsets the colours of the fruit so well! That dressing looks amazing, good enough to drink.

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Monika November 20, 2011 at 7:36 am

These are wonderful pics!!! I love the red color of the vinegrette with the oranges and cranberries in the snow… beautiful!
And for sure it doesn’t only look good ;-)

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Alicia November 20, 2011 at 8:32 am

ANGELAAAAA!!! the dressing is awesome!! I used a bag of frozen cranberries I’ve had for _____, so I guessing that is why mine didn’t turn out as beautifully red as yours. I’m assumming you used fresh cranberries . . . I’ll try that next time. Despite the color difference, it tastes amazng && I can’t wait for the fam to try it today. Also, wasn’t sure when to add the pepper . . . so I added it before one last blend . . .

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 20, 2011 at 8:43 am

So glad you enjoy the dressing! :) I’ll update the pepper in the directions…but it doesn’t make much of a difference when you add it.

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Emmy (Wine and Butter) November 20, 2011 at 12:12 pm

I absolutely love the combination of mustard and cranberries and vinegar and orange – I am tart food obsessed so I can imagine that really working!! Cranberry and orange are awesome cos they can go savoury (like this sauce) or sweet like in a muffin!

Thats totally reminded me how much I need to make cranberry orange muffins again!

ps – beautfiul photo!

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suzanne November 20, 2011 at 3:09 pm

I have a question – unrelated to this post. I am looking for a new food processor and am considering the Kitchen Aid 9 cup or 12 cup. I wondered what size you have and if you like it? I have been borrowing my friend’s 12 cup (since my smaller one died several months ago!)- it is very big and heavy but good b/c I make double batches of things like peanut butter. I feel the 9 might be easier and big enough for daily use (I do always double recipes as I have 3 growing boys and like to freeze stuff for later too). Wondered what your opinion might be?

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Jamie November 20, 2011 at 3:12 pm

I MUST make this! Omg! I just love you!

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Claire November 20, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Definitely my first pick would be orange, something about it makes everything look so bright and yummy!!

The white would be a runner up for me, it’s a bit stark though, but crisp & clean looking, everything in the pic looks beautiful!!

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Jenn November 21, 2011 at 12:17 am

I like the white background because it doesn’t distract from the lovely food!

Thanks for the dressing recipe, it sounds wonderful!

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char @ char on a mission November 21, 2011 at 8:56 am

It’s awesome that you just posted a new dressing recipe because I was going to set out on google to look for a new one (I need some new flavours). Unfortunately, I don’t have cranberries. But I know in my mom’s freezer (yes, I dig through her freezer when I’m there haha) has some. Totally popping in for a ‘visit’ and taking them ;)

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[email protected] November 21, 2011 at 9:38 am

Loving the blue also, with holiday #1 as a close second. Dressing sounds amazing!

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Keri @ Keri {&} Brian November 21, 2011 at 11:34 pm

I made this dressing to go with a spinach salad tonight and it was amazing! Seriously so delicious! Your recipes never disappoint!

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Keri @ Keri {&} Brian November 21, 2011 at 11:36 pm

I used 5 peeled clementines instead of juice. I just threw them into the Vita-mix and they blended right in! Super easy! This recipe is such a keeper!

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Traci Reeves November 22, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Personally, I like the white – classic! :)

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debra ford November 23, 2011 at 5:38 pm

THIS dressing is delicious! Just made it for Thanksgiving tomorrow-so yummy. Can’t wait to put it with the salad.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 23, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Glad to hear that Debra!

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zoe November 24, 2011 at 8:55 am

I was so pleased to find your blog! yesterday I was at the farmers’ market and bought kale and apples and was thinking of combining it into a fruity salad for Thanksgiving. Your dressing is perfect! Such a beautiful salad and dressing. I like the green backdrop best…

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Denise Wilson November 25, 2011 at 2:59 am

This dressing was fabulous. Made it for our family & a friend’s as well and only got rave reviews! I made excuses to make more than 1 salad a day just to use this dressing!

Would you mind sharing where you got the lovely glass pitcher your dressing it photoed in?

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Fatou November 26, 2011 at 1:39 am

Hi Angela,
The pictures of the oranges and cranberries look AMAZING!!! You did a great job with your styling, it looks too pretty to eat. But after trying so many of your recipes (and I’m not vegan) I know it tastes even better than it looks. :-)

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Suzanne Shores Chappell November 27, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Just made this salad and dressing!!! Sooo good!!! Thanks for this yummy recipe!

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KellyBelly December 1, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Hi
I had to find this post and say this salad and dressing is perfect for the holidays. I brought it to Thanksgiving and the color of the dressing is so vibrant and perfect for this season. The combo of fruit and seeds and nuts in the salad keeps it interesting and not just another salad that gets looked over at the buffet.
I just started reading your blog a month ago and will need to spend a cold winter day reading through all your recipes. thanks

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Michelle December 1, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Just made this for dinner for me and my son. He loved it!! One question ours seems kinda of thick and I’m worried that it will start to gel. Does this mean I cooked the cranberry sauce too long?

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Sangam December 3, 2011 at 1:24 pm

This dressing is delicious! And easy to make! Thanks for the great recipe!

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Barb December 17, 2011 at 11:18 am

Angela,
This salad is absolutely delicious. We made a bowl last week and another is going to be made this week. Delish!
Thanks!

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Michelle October 12, 2013 at 2:06 am

The salad and dressing look beautiful. I’m always on the lookout for tasty, fruity dressings to try on my salads and I will definitely give this one a go. Have tried several of your recipes so far and have loved them. Made the mushroom filo strudel and kale and mango salad last weekend and it was so delicious. Keep up the good work. Really looking forward to your cookbook. Will this be available in the UK?

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Jen October 13, 2013 at 7:41 am

White for me:) I couldn’t enjoy your food and your stories any more- you are so creative!!
Love love love you!!!

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Tijana December 21, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Hi, Angela. Just wondering why you need to cook the cranberries? I’m wondering how a dressing made with just the ingredients blended together would differ?

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Toronto Girl West January 4, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Royal blue all the way! :)

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Ali January 16, 2014 at 10:29 am

Made this last night – super yummy. I added some goat cheese too :)

Thanks for the recipe! and my vote is for holiday #1. I like how it looks against the cranberries.

Ali

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Diana January 1, 2015 at 1:55 pm

This is dressing is so good I could just have by itself yummm! Thank you for this great recipe.

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Rhonda February 10, 2015 at 4:01 pm

This salad and dressing are so good and so beautiful. I’ve never seen a prettier dressing, never. And it was such a colorful, sweet, festive salad for the winter. Thank you for your blog. It is helping me cook for my vegan son and his friends. Thanks to you I’m their favorite mom.

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Deborah H October 26, 2015 at 4:26 pm

I was in the mood for a fun salad for lunch and saw a roasted butternut squash and brussels sprout salad with cranberry vinaigrette on the menu at Sweet Green. I thought to myself, I could make this! So I went to your website and just made this salad and dressing and it is AMAZING! I could totally drink the dressing on it’s own, it is that delicious! Thank you heaps for sharing it :)

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