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Part 1 – The Dressing

This dressing is unique from other dressings that I’ve made in this… I really like it! (In fact, you’ve never seen me post about a dressing, because my past attempts have been ‘eeehhhhh *shrug*’)

Seriously, I’ve made some BAD tasting dressings. Too oily, too clunky, to sweet, too bland, to salty, etc etc etc. But this one… this one is juuuuust right :) Nothing like a little (A LOT!) of trial and error to make you appreciate a good thing.

This dressing is perfect because it blends a strong savory flavor with a natural subtle sweetness. I loved salads anyway, but now I gobble them down a lot more often!

Cranberry Poppy-seed Salad Dressing


2 tablespoons virgin olive oil
1/4 cup canola oil
1 tablespoon chopped onion (not sweet)
1 tsp poppy seeds
3 tablespoons dried cranberries (unsweetened)
1/2 teaspoon red wine vinegar


Blend all ingredients together for about 6 or 7 minutes on high. Pour out the mix and you’ll notice some of the cranberries didn’t want to puree! So leave just a small bit of the dressing in the bottom and blend the remaining cranberries. And that’s it!

This dressing is so fun! I know whats a weird way to describe a salad dressing, but its true. The strong flavor of the onion mixes so smoothly with the natural sweetness of the cranberries. The poppy seeds are another smooth addition and really tie the contrasting sweet and savory together.

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8 Responses to How to Make an Irresistible Salad, Part 1

  1. Chaya says:

    I could really like this and I am looking for some new dressings. I, too easily, fall into the same ones. This should make a difference.

    Thanks for linking this to Meatless Mondays.

  2. Beverly says:

    That looks really good. I myself would have to add a tad bit of sugar because I am a sugar addict lol!

  3. Tiffanee says:

    Wow! This looks and sounds so delicious! I will be trying it soon!!

  4. Brenda says:

    I never thought of using dried cranberries in a salad dressing. I bet that tastes great.

  5. Tricia says:

    This sounds wonderful! I have bookmarked it. Can’t wait to try it.


  6. Liz says:

    I LOVE cranberries!!! Thanks for the recipe!

  7. April Harris says:

    This sounds lovely – I really like trying new salad dressing recipes. Thanks for sharing it.

  8. Jerri says:

    This sounds very interesting! Thanks for sharing your post for Friday Favorites!

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