3-Ingredient Balsamic Cranberry Salad Dressing

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Balsamic Cranberry Vinaigrette is made with only 3 simple ingredients, including leftover cranberry sauce. Try this the day after Thanksgiving to enjoy some nice leafy greens with your leftovers. It’s one of my favorite easy gluten-free salad dressing recipes, and it is vegan too!

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Originally published November 22, 2017. Updated with new photos and helpful information.

I hope that the day after Thanksgiving you typically have a relaxing day, enjoying time with family or friends after feasting on amazing food. And maybe you are still are feasting on amazing food.

Because the best part of Thanksgiving dinner – leftovers!

Sure, there are plenty of things to make with leftover turkey. But whether you opened a can or made homemade Cinnamon Orange Cranberry Sauce, there always seems to be a smidge left.

What to do? What to do?

A mason jar filled with the salad dressing and a drip on the side

Balsamic Cranberry Vinaigrette Recipe

Yes, seriously. Only three ingredients come together into a velvety smooth and rich-tasting salad dressing. It’s slightly sweet, perfectly tangy, and utterly delicous.

Here is a brief overview so you can see just how easy it is to make. Scroll down to the printable recipe card for the full quantities and details.
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  • Cranberry sauce – any will do. Homemade or from a can. Jellied or whole berry. Just use your favorite.
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Olive oil – I recommend extra virgin for the best flavor, but you can use any oil you have and like to use in salad dressing recipes.

And a little salt and pepper, to taste.

How to make Cranberry Salad Dressing

Just combine everything in a small blender jar or Magic Bullet and blend until smooth!

Pro tip: If you don’t have a small blender jar or Magic Bullet, many times you can screw the cap off the bottom of a standard blender jar that holds the blade in place. This fits on many standard glass mason jars. Just screw it on and place it on your blender.

Once you’ve blended it all up, you can add it to an epic salad that uses up even more of that leftovers feast. Or it can be the start of something completely new!

Drizzling the cranberry vinaigrette off a spoon onto a salad

Make it a Meal

Use cranberry balsamic vinaigrette on any of these salads:

Or just drizzle it over some greens when you enjoy these recipes made with Thanksgiving leftovers:

You can even use this balsamic cranberry salad dressing as a marinade, like in this Grilled Chicken Salad with Berries!

Looking into a jar of balsamic cranberry salad dressing

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Balsamic Cranberry Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

This easy salad dressing only uses three simple ingredients and you can blend it together in seconds. It's the perfect way to use up leftover cranberry sauce on the day after Thanksgiving.
Prep: 5 mins
Servings: 12 servings


  • 1/4 cup cranberry sauce
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • Combine the ingredients in a small blender jar, Magic Bullet, or a glass mason jar that can attached to your blender blade (see Note) and blend until smooth.
    If you don't have one of these appliances, you can whisk it in a bowl, but it might not be as smooth.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to three or four days.


If you don’t have a small blender jar or Magic Bullet, many times you can screw the cap off the bottom of a standard blender jar that holds the blade in place. This fits on many standard glass mason jars. Just screw it on and place on your blender.
Nutrition Facts
Balsamic Cranberry Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
Amount Per Serving (2 Tablespoons)
Calories 53 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 3mg0%
Potassium 6mg0%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 1mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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