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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Melissa November 18, 2011

I like the orange or green


Leslie Paquette November 18, 2011

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


Angela (Oh She Glows) November 19, 2011

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


Karen November 19, 2011

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!


Drisana (SoulShineBlog) November 19, 2011

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!


bamboocookie November 19, 2011

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


Angela (Oh She Glows) November 19, 2011

Thank you :)


Varsha November 19, 2011

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? :)


kr November 19, 2011

i vote blue


Kathy November 19, 2011

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


Ashley November 19, 2011

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


Kristin November 19, 2011

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. :)


Lauren November 19, 2011

I like blue and holiday one!


Jes Suazo November 20, 2011

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!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) November 20, 2011

So glad you enjoyed it!


Deborah November 20, 2011

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 ;-)


Irina November 20, 2011

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


Monika November 20, 2011

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 ;-)


Alicia November 20, 2011

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 . . .


Angela (Oh She Glows) November 20, 2011

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.


Emmy (Wine and Butter) November 20, 2011

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!


suzanne November 20, 2011

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?


Jamie November 20, 2011

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


Claire November 20, 2011

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!!


Jenn November 21, 2011

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

Thanks for the dressing recipe, it sounds wonderful!


char @ char on a mission November 21, 2011

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 ;)

Reply November 21, 2011

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


Keri @ Keri {&} Brian November 21, 2011

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


Keri @ Keri {&} Brian November 21, 2011

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!


Traci Reeves November 22, 2011

Personally, I like the white – classic! :)


debra ford November 23, 2011

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


Angela (Oh She Glows) November 23, 2011

Glad to hear that Debra!


zoe November 24, 2011

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…


Denise Wilson November 25, 2011

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?


Fatou November 26, 2011

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. :-)


Suzanne Shores Chappell November 27, 2011

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


KellyBelly December 1, 2011

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


Michelle December 1, 2011

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?


Sangam December 3, 2011

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


Barb December 17, 2011

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


Michelle October 12, 2013

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?


Jen October 13, 2013

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


Tijana December 21, 2013

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?


Toronto Girl West January 4, 2014

Royal blue all the way! :)


Ali January 16, 2014

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.



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