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Cranberry Balsamic Vinaigrette with Garlic

Easy Cranberry Balsamic Vinaigrette with Garlic

  • Author: Roz | La Bella Vita Cucina
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 - ½ cups 1x


Whenever you need a tangy, fruity vinaigrette or salad dressing recipe, this Cranberry Balsamic Vinaigrette with Garlic will have your tastebuds happy, happy!  It’s not only delightful drizzled on a crisp lettuce salad, but also as a dip for sweet apples in the fall, as well as colorful green, red, and yellow bell pepper strips.


  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar (aceto balsamico)
  • 1/2 cup cranberry sauce (canned is fine, unless you have your own homemade)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pinch or two of freshly ground black pepper


You can combine these in a medium-sized bowl using a hand-held whisk or use a food processor, whichever you prefer.

  1. Combine all ingredients and blend well.
  2. Taste, taste, taste.
  3. Adjust anything to your taste preferences:  if you like more salt, or more sugar . . . than add a bit and taste again until you are satisfied.  Adding more olive oil will tone down the cranberry and balsamic vinegar’s strong flavors.  Or maybe you want a bit more Dijon mustard.  Play with it until you are happy.
  4. Store in an air-tight covered container and place in the refrigerator for up to four days.


  • Serving Size: 2 Tbsp.
  • Calories: 175
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Sodium: 25mg
  • Fat: 9g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: cranberry, balsamic vinegar, vinaigrette, salad dressing

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