Winter Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

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Winter Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette …the perfect starter to a holiday meal, family party or dinner side. The vinaigrette is sweet and tangy and tastes spectacular with sweet oranges and dried cranberries.

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I’m always looking for a salad, worthy of my special holiday dinners. It needs to be pretty enough for the table, and spectacular enough to compete with the delicious menu. This winter salad gets fancy with segments of sweet, seasonal oranges and tangy dried cranberries.

The colors are worthy of my special table. I just wanted a dressing that spoke to the holiday!

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Winter Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette ...the perfect starter to a holiday meal, family party or dinner side. The vinaigrette is sweet and tangy and tastes spectacular with sweet oranges and dried cranberries.

I whipped up a vinaigrette using fresh cranberries since they are so plentiful this time of year. Fresh (or frozen) cranberries are super tart. Too tart to just eat on their own. By blending them with other ingredients, they break down and mellow to make a delicious mixture.

Winter Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette ...the perfect starter to a holiday meal, family party or dinner side. The vinaigrette is sweet and tangy and tastes spectacular with sweet oranges and dried cranberries.

To make the dressing I blended the cranberries (I keep them in my freezer and just let them thaw on the counter a little while), some lime juice, sugar and red wine vinegar. The lime juice adds a citrus-y brightness that brings the other flavors out. As for the vinegar, you can use any blush or red vinegar. A raspberry vinegar or sherry vinegar would be tasty as well.

Winter Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette ...the perfect starter to a holiday meal, family party or dinner side. The vinaigrette is sweet and tangy and tastes spectacular with sweet oranges and dried cranberries.

The sugar does it’s job and sweetens the tart cranberries and vinegar, while still keeping it zippy enough for a green salad. Don’t forget a dash of salt to keep it savory. I added half the olive oil to the blender with the other ingredients to help it blend. However I like to whisk the remaining olive oil in by hand so it doesn’t get too filled with air from whipping around the blender. It makes the perfect consistency for the dressing.

Use fresh cranberries as much as you can while they’re in season!

Winter Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette is a beautiful and delicious winter salad

Winter Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette ...the perfect starter to a holiday meal, family party or dinner side. The vinaigrette is sweet and tangy and tastes spectacular with sweet oranges and dried cranberries.

It’s a beautiful red dressing that looks stunning on the table, and on a green salad! I mixed baby lettuces with some tender Mache greens (also called lamb’s lettuce) and frisée. Frisée is the spiky looking chicory and I love it mixed into winter salad.

Winter Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette ...the perfect starter to a holiday meal, family party or dinner side. The vinaigrette is sweet and tangy and tastes spectacular with sweet oranges and dried cranberries.

Here’s the simple recipe below. For holiday sides and decadent desserts for your special meal click over to my site TaraTeaspoon.com for recipes like Roasted Grape and Pecan Stuffing and Black Bottom Chocolate Cream Pie!

Winter Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

This cranberry vinaigrette is sweet and tangy and tastes spectacular with sweet oranges and dried cranberries.

Yield: Serves 8 (makes 1 cup vinaigrette)

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

1 head frisée, washed and torn into small pieces

1/2 a 5-oz container mixed greens such as baby red leaf and mache

2 oranges, peel cut away and segments sliced

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries (thawed)

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon course salt

2/3 cup olive oil

Directions:

In a serving bowl combine the frisée and baby lettuces. Top with orange segments and dried cranberries.

To make the vinaigrette, combine the thawed cranberries, vinegar, lime juice, sugar, salt and half of the olive oil in a blender. Blend until smooth. Transfer to a mixing bowl and whisk in remaining olive oil. Serve dressing alongside the salad.

Winter Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette ...the perfect starter to a holiday meal, family party or dinner side. The vinaigrette is sweet and tangy and tastes spectacular with sweet oranges and dried cranberries.

If you love this winter salad, you’ll love salads too!

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I'm Tara from New York City, and my blog and recipe website is TaraTeaspoon.com. Cooking and eating are my passion, and chocolate chip cookies make an appearance at my house most days. I stay in shape by running around the City and climbing to my apartment—which happens to be a fifth floor walkup! I've been cooking professionally for almost twenty years. For my day job, I'm a food stylist and recipe developer, and have worked as the Food Director of Ladies' Home Journal and food editor at Martha Stewart. I love what I do, and I love connecting with you online. It's a new and fun world for me, and a wonderful community! Thanks for being a part of mine!

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