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Cranberry Balsamic Dressing {Leftover Thanksgiving Recipe}

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Cranberry Balsamic Dressing is a balsamic dressing recipe that uses up the leftover homemade cranberry sauce. This leftover thanksgiving recipe is perfect to add to a salad. 

Cranberry Balsamic Dressing {Leftover Thanksgiving Recipe}

Leftover thanksgiving recipe

We had a huge Thanksgiving meal, and now we need leftover thanksgiving recipes. You can make casseroles with the turkey and stuffing. Plus you can sandwich like my Cranberry Turkey Melt {Thanksgiving Essentials Melt Sandwich} with the leftover homemade cranberry sauce. What else can you do with the cranberries?

It is time to get creative with a leftover thanksgiving recipe. What about going for a salad idea with the homemade cranberry sauce?

Cranberry Balsamic Dressing from Seduction in the Kitchen

Balsamic dressing recipe

The idea of making a balsamic dressing recipe out of the cranberry sauce came when I saw a limited edition salad dressing that was cranberry flavored. There are salads with cranberries. So why not make a balsamic dressing recipe that has cranberry flavor!


Homemade cranberry sauce

Do you have to use homemade cranberry sauce in this balsamic dressing recipe? No, If you had the canned cranberry sauce, it will work too. However, I do think the homemade, like my Orange Cherry Cranberry Sauce tastes really good in this leftover thanksgiving recipe.


Another reason, I like using the leftover cranberries on a salad dressing recipe, it helps extend the life of that homemade cranberry sauce you made. When it made into a balsamic dressing recipe, it can last up to 7 days in the refrigerator!

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Cranberry Balsamic Dressing is easy to make using leftover cranberry sauce from the holidays. Adding the Taste of Old Country's Vanilla Fig balsamic adds great flavor to this dressing! A recipe from Seduction in the Kitchen.

Yield: Serves 6

Cranberry Balsamic Dressing


Cranberry Balsamic Dressing is easy to make using leftover cranberry sauce from the holidays.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 cup cranberry sauce
  • 1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Place the cranberry sauce, balsamic, vanilla, and mustard into a blender.

  2. Turn the blender on, and slowly add the olive oil to it. (I use Puree or blend options)

  3. Turn the blender off and drizzle the dressing onto your salad

  4. Serve it up and ENJOY!


 This can keep in the fridge up to 7 days

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 164Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 27mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 1g

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Saturday 31st of March 2018

What a great way to use up cranberry sauce! I love that turned it into a dressing!

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