Holiday Salad with Cranberry Apple Orange Vinaigrette



Pop Quiz: Shredded Coconut or snow?


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!


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


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.


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


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.


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:


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


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.


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?









Holiday #1


Holiday #2


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!


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


  • 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…


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


Love, the fancy pants who wears size XXL Crocs

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Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) November 17, 2011

I love the royal blue, too! :)


Karlee November 17, 2011

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


Lisa Marie November 17, 2011

I like the blue!


Karlee November 17, 2011

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


Angela (Oh She Glows) November 17, 2011

haha does schlepping down the driveway to the mailbox count?


Rachel November 17, 2011

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


myna lee November 25, 2011

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


Robyn November 17, 2011

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


Rachel November 17, 2011

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


Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day November 17, 2011

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


Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries November 17, 2011

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!


Cara @ EAT. PRAY. RUN. November 17, 2011

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


kaitlin @4loveofcarrots November 17, 2011

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


Su November 17, 2011

I like the white one!


Melissa November 17, 2011

White or Orange :)


carol November 17, 2011

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


Ruth November 17, 2011

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


Charlotte November 17, 2011

Love the White!


Ami @ parsnips and pears November 17, 2011

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


Mandiee November 17, 2011

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


Kari @ bite-sized thoughts November 17, 2011

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


Kathi November 17, 2011

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!


Gina @ Running to the Kitchen November 17, 2011

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 ;)


Lauren @ What Lauren Likes November 17, 2011

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


Audrey November 17, 2011

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. :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) November 17, 2011

haha ;) Thanks Audrey


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 17, 2011

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!! :)


Jessica November 17, 2011

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


Kit-Kat November 17, 2011

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).


Faith @ For the Health of It November 17, 2011

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!


Angela (Oh She Glows) November 17, 2011

umm I’ll switch!


Dawn November 17, 2011

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


kathleen @ the daily crumb November 17, 2011

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 :)


Erin @ The Grass Skirt November 17, 2011

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! :)


Lys November 17, 2011

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


Ruth November 17, 2011

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.


Amanda November 17, 2011

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? ;)


Michelle November 17, 2011

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


Sabina November 17, 2011

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. :-)


Ashley November 17, 2011

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


jess @ cupcakes and kale November 17, 2011

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!


Cait's Plate November 17, 2011

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 :)


Alaina November 17, 2011

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!


Marcy November 17, 2011

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


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