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Creamy Cranberry Dressing

homemade paleo creamy cranberry dressing recipe

This super tart Creamy Cranberry Dressing recipe is the perfect gluten-free addition to any fall meal, and is ideal for Thanksgiving.  Cranberries are a superfood, rich in antioxidants.  I like to sprinkle fresh cranberries on my salad when I use this dressing.  Because they are so mouth-puckering and tangy, I spare my husband and children, by using fruit sweetened, dried cranberries as a garnish on their salads, rather than the fresh ones.

I found this recipe in an old Sunset magazine and adapted it, replacing white sugar and some of the other ingredients with ones that I prefer.  I hope you enjoy this gluten free salad dressing; it’s autumn in a condiment.

Creamy Cranberry Dressing


  1. In a vitamix blend cranberries, stevia, orange juice, lemon juice, and agave until smooth
  2. Blend in the thyme, mustard and salt, then drizzle in olive oil while motor is still running
  3. Serve over mixed greens

Hey y’all, I have a big freebie coming up.  I will be doing a giveaway for a Vitamix.  Yup, you read it right, a Vitamix.  I will provide more details about this in a post Friday, so stay tuned for the giveaway of a real live Vitamix!

posted on November 3, 2010, 38 comments

  1. Your dressing looks so yummy! I will definitely come back and check out your giveaway! Have a good night!

  2. Danielle

    This sounds so good. I can’t wait to try it!

  3. Celiacs in the House @ celiacsinthehouse.blogspot.com

    I’ve been taking cooking classes with our local Edible Magazine publisher/chef and she has turned me on to using fruit based dressings. Just love them and cranberries would be fantastic. Bought myself a Vitamix for my 50th birthday and I wish I had done it for my 40th. I use it almost every day.

  4. Cathryn

    This dressing sounds amazing—can’t wait to try it!!!

  5. Brandon May @ thehealthyadvocate.com

    Cranberries. I forgot all about them, and I’m an Autumn fiend. Thank you!

  6. the blissful baker @ theblissfulbaker.wordpress.com

    ohh this sounds really tasty! i am not a huge fan of most salad dressings, but this one looks yummy! the color is so pretty, too :)

  7. Diana

    I LOVE cranberries and was really excited to see this recipe when I opened up my email and I plan on making this tomorrow :) Thank you for always coming up with great recipes. I do have a request. I like your power bar recipe, however I am a huge oats fan (I get Bob’s Red Mill gluten free oats) and was wondering if you would be able to make a granola bar recipe out of that? I figured you could help come up with a creative recipe for one, that would be awesome! Thank You

  8. Maggie

    This sounds so yummy. I can taste it already :) You are amazing!

  9. this dressing looks good,and I have some cranberries in the freezer, I think I’m going to try it! Thanks!

  10. This looks great! My dad makes a fresh cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving by cooking cranberries with OJ and stevia, so I think my family would really like this dressing as well!

  11. Susann Dalton

    This is exciting. I make a dressing with cranberry honey mustard but they changed the formula and are using eww corn syrup so I am experimenting to replicate it. Yours sounds wonderful beyond. I put dried cranberries in everything so you have made me very happy.
    Thank you.

  12. So excited to try this! I love fruit-made dressings…such a cool concept! And a vita-mix giveaway?? Awesome! Not long ago, we purchased a vita-mix and it has been a lifesaver for me for breakfasts! I make smoothies all the time, and for dessert sometimes fruit puree ice creams. Thank you so much Elana for introducing us to it! It’s incredible! It’s definitely my favorite kitchen appliance now!

  13. Jennifer K Hunter @ visitportaransastx.com

    I am planning on using this recipe at Thanksgiving; yummmm. I will be watching for news about your next give-away!

  14. Kristi

    Oh wow-I was just wondering what to do with the beautiful package of cranberries that I’ve been staring at in my fridge for over a week! This dressing looks amazing, I want to go make it right now!

  15. What a great holiday dressing! I bet it would be great over pork or chicken also. :)

  16. Amada

    SPEECHLESS … This looks great. I will be making the dressing. Thank You!

  17. Oh my goodness! This looks so good and your pumpkin pie ice cream looks to die for! I am so excited about you giving away a vitamix!!! I have really been wanting one for a long time, but out where I live NO ONE seems to agree with me how awesome and worthy this product is! I don’t have the money to buy one, but maybe I can win one! I would use this thing at least twice a day! The first thing I would make would prob be your pumpkin pie ice cream!!! Yum! :) Thanks for posting this and giving away a vitamix!

  18. pj

    Hi maybe this is a dumb question, but do you cook the cranberries first? thanks love this site!!!

  19. Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer @ savedbytheeggtimer.blogspot.com

    This is going to be made tomorrow, looks delectable, thanks!

  20. aziza

    It look Yummy! must try it.


  21. jodye @ \'scend food @ sendfood.wordpress.com

    What a great idea, this dressing sounds like it would be great over some roasted sweet potatoes or winter squash, and it’s such a pretty color, too! I’ll definitely have to give this a try.

  22. OH MY GOODNESS!!! A vitamix!! That’s awesome! Can’t wait to try this dressing! :) YUM!

  23. Christina Cieslik

    Thank you for yet another yummy and healthy recipe. I do so appreciate your passion and commitment for health

  24. Tracey @ pbsparents.org

    I totally want to crawl into my screen and eat this salad!

    I’ve never used Stevia or Agave nectar, but I think it’s time for me to try them out.

  25. Julie

    Yay! Cranberries! When I gave up sugar, and thus my favorite ever canned cranberry sauce, still in the shape of the can, I thought I was done with cranberries as nothing could replace that of course. ;) But this inspired me to dust off my mom’s ancient vitamix. Woohoo! Vitamix has now moved to the top of my wish list for my own kitchen. Thanks for the recipe Elana! I’m off to try out some more recipes now that I’ve done all the work of getting my mom’s vitamix cleaned up and running. :)

  26. Jessica

    I LOVE the green soup with ginger so healthy and yummy!

  27. Jennifer @ healnaturally.ca

    Our favourite recipe in the blender….besides smoothies, of course….are Blender Pancakes.

    Going Gluten-free 12 years ago was very difficult and we tried and tested and failed with many recipes for pancakes which turned out like frizbies, which left us resorting to a quick egg breakfast. We really gave up until we found this amazingly, healthy recipe.

    The only problem – I need to double the recipe to feed all 6 of us and our very sad blender can’t handle the load. My kids are even asking Santa for a Vitamix for me for Christmas!! How nice of them to add that to their list.

    Blender Pancakes
    1 C Quinoa (soaked overnight with 1 tbsp lemon, kefir or vinegar)
    2/3 C Millet (soaked overnight with 1 tbsp lemon, kefir or vinegar)
    1 C Nut Milk or yogurt
    1 Egg or equivalent (egg replacer or ground flax + water to make “egg”)
    1/2 C Olive Oil or choice
    2 tbsp shredded coconut
    1 tsp baking soda
    1/2 C Rice Flour (or really any gluten-free flour on hand)
    Pinch of Sea Salt

    I like to add:
    Cinnamon and some Nutmeg too.

    Directions: Rinse grains in colander – add all ingredients to blender and mix into batter. Ladel onto pre-heated fry pan greased with ghee or Grapeseed Oil. Cook until golden brown. Serve with your choice of maple or blueberry syrup and ENJOY!! YUM!

  28. cara mitch

    Just tried your cranberry dressing (with a couple of modifications to coordinate with what is in my pantry) and it is delicious! I replaced the stevia and agave with honey and it is superb!

    I love to make salad dressing and hummus with a blender. My own version of a hummus recipe I originally got from Sarah Molton is as follows:
    1 cup dried chic peas, soaked over night and cooked for 3 hrs. (alternatively, you can use one can organic chic peas, rinsed)
    1/3 cup tahini
    2-3 cloves garlic
    3 tsp celtic sea salt
    3T – 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (really, as much as you like)
    1/4 – 1/2 cup water
    1/4 – 1/2 cup olive oil
    Blend until smooth adding water and oil until you get the flavor and consistency you like. Tastes best after 24 hrs in ‘fridge.

    Hope you like it!

  29. Eileen Vollmer @ eileenvollmer.com

    Well, your site won’t let me leave a comment on your Vita mix contest post, probably due to the large number of comments! But I am excited to try this recipe, and my favorite recipe is Aguas Frescas–made it all summer, so delish!
    THANKS Elana!

  30. Nancy Barnes @ Frontier.com

    I was very interested in trying the Creamy Cranberry Dressing. I don’t know how you prepare food in one of these Vitamix Blenders and how it is different from a regular blender. I would like to win one to try.


  31. Freedom

    Hey Elana,
    For xmas I’m getting my daughter all the essentials she needs for cooking(kids measuring set, cute apron, a hand mixer, mixing bowls, baking pans and a cookbook) I’ll give her, her own cupboard in the kitchen dedicated to just her stuff. While doing my shopping online I came across all kinds of childrens cookbooks. I got to thinking it would be really AWESOME if you had a cookbook directed towards children. The way you include your boys in so many of your recipes and they help you out in the kitchen, I bet you have tons more recipes that would be good for kids! I love the fact that everything you make is healthy, and none of the ones I found have healthy recipes in them :( Even your most of you regular recipes are extremely easy to make. Anyway, thought I would put it out there so maybe you can consider it for your next cookbook if you’re planning to put another one out :)

  32. Outstanding recipe- will be sharing this with many like minded friends.
    Really appreciate you posting it!

  33. William Whitherspoon

    Creamy AND Cranberry! Creamy AND Cranberry!

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