Creamy Cranberry Salad Dressing


You know those leftover cranberries you have sitting in your freezer? Tell me I’m not the only one that stocked up on the buy-one-get-one-free deals they offered the day before thanksgiving. Tell me.


And if do happen to be the only cranberry hoarder around, it’s okay. It’s okay because cranberries only cost like one dollar per pound anyway. And this recipe only uses about ten of them.

What I’m telling you is that this dressing is basically free.


FREE…and it turns your roasted cauliflower (or whatever you want to put it on, roasted cauliflower in my case) a nice hot pink color that makes you forget about the snow and ice and puts a smile on your salad loving face.


(She thought they were grapes and tried to eat about six of them before she learned her lesson.)



Creamy Cranberry Salad Dressing

  • 1/4 C fresh cranberries (or frozen, then thawed)
  • 1/4 C apple cider vinegar
  • 1 T cream cheese
  • 2 T honey
  • 2 T olive oil

Blend all ingredients together on high. The end.

23 comments on this post.
  1. Katie @ Talk Less, Say More:

    YUM! My dad bought an extra bag of cranberries for me and I’ve been hoarding them trying to figure out what I want to do with them. The possibilities are endless!! :)

  2. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean:

    oh i’m so making this…except with goat cheese. YUM

  3. Heather @ Heather's Dish:

    cream cheese in dressing?! genius!

  4. Katie:

    That was my original plan, be we didn’t have any in the house! I bet it will ROCK.

  5. Kacy:

    Yum! I love anything cranberry. They just stopped stocking the cranberry dressing I love at Sweet Green too, so this would make a fabulous substitute!

  6. Meeker:

    Question: why did she reach for the cranberrythatwas the furthest from her?

  7. christina:

    I just made my own salad dressing for the first time. It’s unbelievable how much better homemade is!

  8. Ashley:

    OMG. All I can think about is baby A thinking these were grapes!! Poor thing. :) Love cranberry dressing, though!

  9. joelle (on a pink typewriter):

    That little face! I just want to eat it up!

  10. natalie@thesweetslife:

    ha totally have cranberries in my freezer. from the buy 1 get 1 of course. making this!!

  11. Jen@HealthyFoodandFamily:

    Love this and can’t wait to try it!!! Happy 2013 mama :)

  12. Heather @ Better With Veggies:

    How did you know I still have a bag of cranberries in the fridge? Are you spying on me? ;) I also have some non-dairy cream cheese…

  13. Katie @ Blonde Ambition:

    One of the best snacky finger foods ever is crackers cream cheese covered in cranberry sauce. This pretty much makes that into a dressing that I can pour on And I will!

  14. Amanda N:

    I’m pretty sure I have cranberries in my freezer from LAST Thanksgiving. I should probably use them for this dressing…

  15. Kelly:

    Looks delicious! Adrienne’s hair is growing…yay!! :)

  16. Adam Deane:

    Her hair is SO cute! I love cranberries now, but I needed something a little sweeter then! :) This looks great!

  17. Jill:

    It is lovely. Wondering if the dressing is more on the tart side, or the sweet side? Do you think it would be good as a dressing for shredded cabbage? Thanks for your feedback!

  18. Katie:

    Yes, I think it would go great on cabbage. It’s definitely more on the tart side.

  19. Katie:

    You like them raw? You’re hardcore.

  20. Paige @ Your Trainer Paige:

    Your pictures are gorgeous! This looks just fabulous. I bet it’d go great on my brussels sprouts salad :)

  21. Ross | TheFaceBaby:

    Bahahaha, she’s all like, “Alright … THAT one wasn’t a grape, but THIS one is … right?”

  22. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning:

    I actually go through a bag of frozen cranberries every 1-2 weeks! I LOVE the Stahlbush Farms brand. I put them in my oatmeal! SO good.
    This definitely looks like a salad dressing I would make. I learned that adding pretty much any fruit + any nut + balsamic + almond milk (unsweetened) + salt + pepper makes an amazing dressing. My favorite is apple + walnut. :)
    Make Adrienne stop growing up!!!

  23. Christina:

    It’s like her hair all came in overnight. That will teach Santa for calling her a boy!

    I was cleaning out my freezer yesterday to make soup and came across a whole bag of cranberries and spent several minutes wondering what on earth I was going to do with them. Do you have a hidden camera in my kitchen or what?