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Cranberry-Tangerine Vinaigrette

26-Nov-2013

 

Cranberry-Tangerine Vinaigrette

 

I love this salad dressing recipe and am rarely without it once fresh cranberries appear in the grocery store.  Not only is it delicious, but the color is vibrant and cheery – a perfect way to brighten gray autumn or winter days.  Over the years it’s become a family favorite.  Whenever I’m responsible for the green salad for Thanksgiving dinner this is the salad dressing that’s requested.  I think this year I’ll use spinach as the base for the salad; add finely sliced red onions; sliced mushrooms; pieces of Satsuma; and sweet-spicy walnuts.

The original recipe is from a really great cookbook (you’ll love all the recipes), Dishing with Kathy Casey: Food, Fun, and Cocktails from Seattle’s Culinary Diva. If you are looking for a holiday gift for someone who loves to cook this is a good option!

 
Cranberry-Tangerine Vinaigrette
    • 2/3 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar or distilled vinegar
    • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
    • 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed Satsuma juice*
    • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp black pepper
Place cranberries, sugar and vinegar in small saucepan and heat over medium heat until cranberries pop, 5 – 10 minutes.
Let cranberries cool slightly and then transfer to a blender.  Puree (being careful to make sure the top doesn’t pop off if they are still warm) the mixture until fairly smooth – there will still be pieces of bright red skin.  Add the mustard and Satsuma juice and lightly mix.
Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl.  Slowly, slowly add the oil while continuously whisking until all oil has been incorporated and the mixture is emulsified.
Use immediately or store in the refrigerator.   
* Use any sort of orange-flavored citrus you have on hand. The original recipe called for orange juice but I love the tang of tangerine or satsuma!
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