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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Olya November 17, 2011



Kath November 17, 2011

I like the white!!


Kaila @healthyhelperblog! November 17, 2011

The blue is my favorite too!!!


Lauren (Diary of a Vegan Girl) November 17, 2011

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


Julia @ PaperCrank November 17, 2011

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


kelli November 17, 2011

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


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 17, 2011

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!


laura November 17, 2011

Love the blue & white!


Jordanna November 17, 2011

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


Tatomme Flanagan November 17, 2011

Green or white!!

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


Katalina November 17, 2011

Love the orange colour!!!!;)


Liz @ Tip Top Shape November 17, 2011

That salad looks fantastic!!


Steph November 17, 2011

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


jb November 17, 2011

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!


Hannah November 17, 2011

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 :)


Allison November 17, 2011

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!


Abigail Swift November 17, 2011

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


Char @ November 18, 2011

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

Reply November 18, 2011

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!


Alyssa November 18, 2011

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


Jonathan November 18, 2011

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!


Brandy November 18, 2011

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???!


Jessy (squeezetheday) November 18, 2011

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

Holiday #1 for the background!


Elisabetta November 18, 2011

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


Sherry November 18, 2011

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!


Angela (Oh She Glows) November 18, 2011

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


Kelley Forbes November 18, 2011

Holiday #1!!


Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers November 18, 2011

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!


Lori @ Lori Wants Happy November 18, 2011

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 :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) November 18, 2011

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


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 18, 2011

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!


Angela (Oh She Glows) November 18, 2011

I know and it’s cold today! eeps


Katrina November 18, 2011

This salad is so yummy and healthy looking :)


Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove November 18, 2011

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.


LizAshlee November 18, 2011

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 ! :)


Steffany November 18, 2011

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


Natalie November 18, 2011

I like Holiday 1!


Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count November 18, 2011

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


Marie@feedingfive November 18, 2011

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


Lisa Broadley November 18, 2011

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


Andrea @ Vegvacious November 18, 2011

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


Becca November 18, 2011

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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