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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Jess @ Jess Go Bananas November 18, 2011

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


Joann@womaninreallife November 18, 2011

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.


Jen Doyle November 18, 2011

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!


Lia November 18, 2011

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


Mara November 18, 2011

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


Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles November 18, 2011

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.


Anamarie November 18, 2011

I like Holiday #2!


Carolyn @ November 18, 2011

I like the orange! :)


Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy November 18, 2011

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


Stacy @ Say it with Sprinkles November 18, 2011

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!


Sarah S. November 18, 2011

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


mary @ what's cookin with mary November 18, 2011

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 :)


Sonia (the Mexigarian) November 18, 2011

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.


Christy November 18, 2011

White – crisp and clean. ;-)


Kris | November 18, 2011

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 :)



Cat @Breakfast to Bed November 18, 2011

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.


Mandy November 18, 2011

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..


Moni'sMeals November 18, 2011

I think blue too. :)

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


Dana November 18, 2011

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


Lizz @ Leading the Good Life November 18, 2011

sounds delicious!

i like the white backdrop or holiday #2.


Anna @ The Guiltless Life November 18, 2011

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!


Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner November 18, 2011

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


Hannah November 18, 2011

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


Amy November 18, 2011

DeFinitely holiday #2.


Carissa November 18, 2011

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.


Meagan November 18, 2011

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

I like the blue!


Rachael @ FreshlyMinted November 18, 2011

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!


Ellie@fitforthesoul November 18, 2011

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


Katie Zega November 18, 2011

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


Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes November 18, 2011

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


Alicia @beingLA November 18, 2011

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!


With Style and Grace November 18, 2011

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

Tough choice, but I like white and Holiday #2


Sarah with Veggie Kids November 18, 2011

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.


Kim Sullivan November 18, 2011

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!


kristen November 18, 2011

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


Jen @ November 18, 2011

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!


Carly November 18, 2011

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


suzanne November 18, 2011

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!:-)


suzanne November 18, 2011

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


meredith November 18, 2011

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!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) November 19, 2011

I’m happy to hear that!


Bailey November 18, 2011

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


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