Looking for a riff on a traditional Thanksgiving side? Our Cranberry Vinaigrette can give a Thanksgiving twist to your favorite salad. Bringing a nicely dressed salad to your family celebrations can add some color to the holiday table. Plus it squeezes some veggies onto the menu. 

Salads make great sides, especially when the other food on the menu is especially filling. If you’re looking for other salad ideas, Love & Lemons has a great guide to Thanksgiving salads (you can even sub this dressing in for any of theirs!).

While the recipe is simple, the key to a stand-out vinaigrette is to use high quality ingredients. You don’t have to get the most expensive items on the shelf, but make sure that you have a decent oil that hasn’t gone rancid and a mid-range vinegar. We think this recipe tastes best when you use balsamic vinegar, but you can sub in just about any vinegar that you have on-hand. Just know that the flavor will change a little bit!

For a creamier cranberry vinaigrette, mix all ingredients except the oil together first and then slowly add the oil, whisking the whole time. If creaminess isn’t important to you or you don’t mind shaking before you dress your salad, just combine everything into a bowl and stir it up!

If you’re looking for a Thanksgiving dessert recipe, try our Cottage Cheese Pumpkin Bars!

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Cranberry Vinaigrette

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  • Author: Jennifer McDaniel


This festive salad dressing transforms canned cranberry into a sweet & tangy topping for any green salad.



1/2 cup canned whole-berry cranberry sauce
1/4 cup fresh orange juice (about 1 orange)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon minced peeled fresh ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt


To prepare the vinaigrette, place the first 7 ingredients in a medium bowl; stir well with a whisk.