Hearty Mixed Green Salad w/ a Cranberry Vinaigrette

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Sweet, tart, crunchy, and creamy.  A salad with all my favorites!  With the new year, we are all tightening our resolve, and my family is  no different.  Salads like these always make it easier to get your greens in, even in the Winter when my ayurvedic tendencies say no!

You’ll love the sweet and salty combination, and the creamy ‘cheese’ makes it all sing.

The dressing is vibrant and pink, and quite festive!

Enjoy, here’s to our sugar detox!!

SUMMER SEASON?  Use strawberries or raspberries instead of the cranberries in the vinaigrette (leave out the stevia then), and use sliced strawberries to replace the apples, or use both!


Hearty Mixed Green Salad w/ a Cranberry Vinaigrette
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Serves: 4
  • Cranberry Vinaigrette:
  • ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup fresh, or thawed frozen cranberries (or strawberries for the summer)
  • 3 tablespoons vinegar ( I use white wine vinegar)
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 small clove garlic, or about a teaspoon of minced
  • 5-10 drops liquid stevia to taste or about a tablespoon honey (leave out if using strawberries)
  • Salad:
  • 1 bag or one head fresh mixed greens , I like to add in some arugula!
  • ¼ cup toasted almond slices
  • 1 sweet/tart apple, like a Honeycrisp, small 1" dice (dried cranberries would be good too, or strawberries in the summer!)
  • Cashew Creamy Cheese (I left out the gum and coconut oil and reduced the water to 2T), or goat cheese if you can have it
  • Cranberry Vinaigrette to taste
  1. Prepare the dressing by blending all ingredients with an immersion blender or blender until smooth.
  2. Add 5 drops stevia to start, and taste before you add more.
  3. Place salad ingredients in a large bowl, minus the cheese.
  4. Toss with desired amount of dressing.
  5. Dollop each plate with individual dollops of cheese


Hearty Green Salad w/ a Cranbeery Vinaigrette

This recipe was shared on Make Your OWn Monday, Mostly Homemade Mondays, Natural Living MondaysTuesday Talent Show, Traditional Tuesdays, Hearth & Soul, GF Wednesday, Waste Not Want Not, Real Food Wednesday, Wildcrafting Wednesday, Thank Your Body Thursday, Tasty Traditions, Simple Lives Thursday, Keep It Real Thursday,Paleo AIP Round Table, Whole Foods Friday, GF Friday, Wellness Weekend,

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When her third child was born with severe food allergies, Tessa took to the kitchen to figure out how to feed her family well. Always up for a culinary challenge, their journey has taken many twists and turns! Lots of Paleo, and lots of top 8 free. Good food for families, that's what she's about!

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15 comments on “Hearty Mixed Green Salad w/ a Cranberry Vinaigrette
  1. Karie {Girl Going Country} says:

    That dressing sounds so good! I’m always on the look out for healthier (but still tasty) recipes to make at home, and can’t wait to try this one!

  2. Cassidy @ Cooking Gluten (& Dairy) Free says:

    Thanks for linking my recipe, I’m so happy you liked it! Can’t wait to make your salad, I’m printing it right now :)

  3. Lisa Lynn says:

    I find myself craving salad everyday :) This sounds yummy! I would love to have you share your posts on The HomeAcre Hop!

  4. ella@lifeologia says:

    Well hello and happy 2013!
    Your salad looks so good 😉

    I would also like to invite you to my Potluck Party – it’s featuring The Best of 2012 Recipes this week 😉 Hope you can make it!
    ps. there will be voting set in place for this one 😉

  5. Dana says:

    It’s funny just today I had a big salad but kind of had to force myself into it because I’m craving warm comforting foods over raw greens – but I find a really yummy dressing helps :) Can’t wait to try this recipe! Love honey crisp apples!

  6. Heather @Gluten-Free Cat says:

    Oooh, this looks wonderful. A cranberry vinaigrette? Ingenious! Thanks for sharing it at Raw Foods Thursdays! I’m off to find out what Cashew Creamy Cheese is. Sounds like something I’d love. :)

  7. Rebecca says:

    and this one too-looks so delicious!

  8. Ooh. I’ve been looking for ways to use up my fresh cranberries. Will have to try this. Thanks!

  9. Eileen Beran says:

    Recipe saved to make in the future. It looks wonderful!

  10. Tessa, this looks like my kind of salad! I’d love to whip this up! YUM!
    Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Be sure to check out the winning entry this week for our Better Batter Giveaway! The winner will be announced Thursday evening!

    See you there!

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

  11. Thanks for sharing your post at Wildcrafting Wednesday. Your salad sounds amazing. I’m especially intrigued by the cashew cheese. Looking forward to trying your salad and cranberry dressing. Yum.

  12. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the featured posts! :)

  13. Oh, I love cranberries! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Hope your week is great!

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com
    Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) recently posted…Tempeh and Vegetable Skewers – #glutenfree #thinkingofsummerMy Profile

  14. This looks divine! I’ll be including a link to this in my salads round up over at Keeper of the Home in June! Yum!

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