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Raspberry Vinaigrette (Raspberry Salad Dressing)

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Raspberry vinaigrette with fresh raspberries, one of the most delightful salad dressings you can imagine, homemade, healthy, and so delicious.

Homemade Raspberry Dressing

Easy to make raspberry dressing, sweet, tangy, fresh and good for you. Quickly made with fresh or frozen berries.

Forget the bottled dressings full of stuff you cannot even read properly. This raspberry vinaigrette recipe is easy and quick to make, healthy, and tastes just amazing, just like the yogurt dressing that I have been making at least once a week for years.

raspberry vinaigrette in a small jug

It will make just about any salad better, either a simple summer salad with greens or a heartier one with chicken. When I have it in the fridge, I use it for any salad, from simple everyday iceberg ones to more interesting ones like the ancient grain salad. Or I pour some over grilled or cast-iron chicken breast. So good!

raspberry dressing with salad leaves and berries

Ingredients for raspberry vinaigrette

raspberries, oil, vinegar, honey, mustard for making salad dressing

Raspberries:

  • I use fresh when available. Well, they are available most of the time, but I tend to make this particular raspberry salad dressing mostly in the spring or summer months, it is when I crave it most.
  • However, frozen would be fine as well. Let them defrost properly first and follow the recipe.
  • When using frozen berries, you might want to adjust the amount of honey you use as frozen berries tend to be less sweet than fresh ones.

Honey:

  • You will need between 1 and 2 tablespoons of clear honey, depending on the tanginess of the raspberries. Just check and adjust the taste to your liking.

Olive oil:

  • Use good quality extra virgin olive oil and make sure that the oil you use is mild and not too bitter.
  • It might be that I just got the wrong sort or bad quality once, but I had to throw away a rather large batch of dressing because the olive oil was too bitter.
  • So, I always make sure that I am using the right kind now and if I use a new brand I always taste it before using it for making dressings.

Other ingredients:

  • Dijon mustard or another mustard you like.
  • Apple cider vinegar (white wine vinegar would be fine as well).

close up jug of red salad sauce

Tips for making raspberry vinaigrette:

  • Use a blender (preferably small) or an immersion blender to blend the berries.
  • Crushing them with a fork will work as well, but the raspberry dressing will not be so smooth.
  • For a silky-smooth texture, pass the blended berries through a fine-mesh sieve. It is tedious, but the amount is small, and the resulting dressing will be excellent without the seeds.
  • After blending, add the honey, vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper and blend again.
  • Start adding the olive oil slowly and blend until the vinaigrette emulsifies.

Variations

  • Try making this dressing with strawberries or blackberries.

small blender with raspberries and dressing in it

Store

  • This raspberry vinaigrette recipe makes more dressing than you will need for just one salad.
  • However, you will probably have enough for 2-3 of them.
  • Please give it a good shake before using it.
  • You can keep it in a closed jar in the refrigerator; it will be fine for about 3 days.

plate with salad and raspberry dressing

Raspberry vinaigrette salad

  • You will need a bag of mixed salad leaves (enough for 2 servings) and a small handful of fresh raspberries to make the pictured recipe.
  • Pour about 1/3 of the dressing on top and toss gently.
  • Serve as a side dish for pan-fried or grilled chicken breast or pan-fried fish, for instance.
  • Or as a very light main meal (for 1) with crusty flaxseed bread with butter and camembert or herb-butter baguette.
  • Also suitable to serve with these chicken skewers.
  • You can replace the strawberries with raspberries and use this dressing for the asparagus chicken salad.

salad dressing with raspberries and honey

More fruity salads?

berry vinaigrette in a small jug with salad in the back
hand pouring raspberry dressing over salad

Raspberry Vinaigrette (Raspberry Salad Dressing)

Yield: 2-3
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Raspberry vinaigrette with fresh raspberries, one of the most delightful salad dressings you can imagine, homemade, healthy, and so delicious.

Ingredients

  • 125 g/4.4 oz/ 1 cup fresh raspberries (See note)
  • 1-2 tablespoons clear honey, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (mild)
  • fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Blend the raspberries in a small blender or with an immersion blender. You can crush them with a fork as well, but the dressing will be less smooth. If desired, pass the blended raspberries through a fine-mesh sieve to remove all the seeds.
  2. Return them to the blender or mixing bowl and add honey, mustard, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Blend again until smooth.
  3. Slowly add the olive oil and blend until the vinaigrette emulsifies. Adjust the taste with honey (if necessary), salt, and pepper.

Notes

Frozen raspberries (defrosted) would be fine as well. Adjust the amount of honey accordingly as frozen raspberries are usually less sweet.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1/3 of the dressing
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 305Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 221mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 3gSugar: 13gProtein: 1g

Nutritional information is not always accurate.

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