Dress Up Dinner: Recipe for Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing

I'm not one of those people who inherently loves salads. I think they're alright, but I'd much prefer the sandwich with mayo or a dish with roasted sweet potatoes on the side. However, I know that a good hearty salad is a great way to get some extra veggies into your diet, so I make sure to serve a couple throughout the week.

One thing I've learned is that if you're going to try to go healthy, you need to make it enjoyable. So it is with me and my salads. Which is why I've been on a quest to find salad dressings that make the plateful of lush greens something to savor.

I mentioned before that I started making my own Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing, which my husband loves. And that's one of the things I like best about this recipe: that it makes your salad taste so, so good. (Now of course, that probably has something to do with the fact that there's a good helping of sugar in the recipe, but we'll let that little fact slide, right?)

This recipe is extremely easy to make, with ingredients you likely already have stocked up in your cupboards. Once you've made a batch, keep it in the fridge and shake it up before each use. And then, eat your fruits and veggies to your heart's content!

Recipe for Raspberry Vinaigrette
2 Tbsp. plus 2 tsp. canola oil
2 Tbsp. plus 2 tsp. red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp. plus 2 tsp. sugar
3/4 tsp. dijon mustard
1/8 tsp. dried oregano
1/8 tsp. pepper

Mix all ingredients together and pour into a container. Store in the fridge and let sit for a day before using (otherwise the vinegar will be too strong.) Shake well before using. Makes one half-cup batch.

Related Posts
Cookbook Review: The Homesteader's Kitchen

A Discovery of Different Tastes


  1. This looks and sounds so delicious! Going to save it and try sometime soon! xx

  2. @ Brunch at Saks - You definitely should; I don't think you'll be disappointed!

  3. ok, looks yummy, but where does the rasberry taste come from? Am I missing something? Liz

  4. @ Liz - It comes from the combo of the sugar and the red wine vinegar.

    1. ahh ha! I see..I was wondering too..thought maybe I "missed" the raspberry ingredient. I have all that in my cupboard, yay :)

  5. I will be making this for sure! I have just started making my own buttermilk dressing. It is so much better than store bought & Ben loves it! He can't have seeds, so I'm excited to make this recipe since it tastes like raspberries!

  6. This looks good -- do you know how long it will keep in the fridge? The vinegar makes me think "awhile," but I never know with homemade dressings and condiments.

    Also, gah - I'm the same way with salads. I never WANT one, but sometimes when I'm eating one I think, "WHY HAVEN'T I BEEN EATING THIS DAILY? IT'S AMAZING." And then I go back to not wanting one, haha. I don't know what it is about them!

  7. @ Rachel - I think part of it, for me, has to do with the fact that at home I only ever seem to have boring veggies to put on them, and cucumbers & tomatoes get old after awhile! Ah well. At least I try :) I'm not positive how long the dressing will last. However, each batch of this will last us a month or two and it's never gone bad in that amount of time. We of course store it in the fridge, so I think as long as you do that it should last awhile. That's one of the reasons I make a smaller batch, just to be on the safe side!

  8. Carmen, this dressing is amazing! My husband went nuts for it. I used it with a lemon chicken and pear salad I improvised from a sandwich recipe, and it was so delicious.


    I would love it if you tried it sometime, I think it would be another healthy salad you could really enjoy eating! Yay, healthy living! ;)

  9. @ Daryl - So glad to hear you tried the dressing and enjoyed it!! I love that both of our husbands were such big fans of it! I'll go check out your salad recipe, too. I can always use a little help in healthifying my routine :) Thanks so much!

  10. I saved this recipe a week ago but just made my first batch yesterday, and I finally sat down to try it. It's so delicious! As my fiance and I have been going through marriage counseling I've made a personal commitment to broadening my kitchen horizons. I can't wait to let him try this! Thanks Carmen! -Jessica

  11. @ Jessica - So thrilled to hear that you loved it, too! Thanks for letting me know, it's so good to know that people are enjoying these recipes as much as we are :)

    And I definitely commend you for taking the time to get more acquainted with the kitchen now rather than once you're married. I waited and it proved to be much more overwhelming than I'd ever anticipated!


Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

Next Post Previous Post
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...