Homemade Raspberry Dressing is an easy raspberry vinaigrette made with fresh raspberries that is both sweet and savory at the same time. This easy homemade salad dressing is the perfect accompaniment to a variety of salads.
Homemade Raspberry Dressing
Raspberry Vinaigrette is a staple at my house. This fruity vinaigrette is low fat, naturally sweetened and pairs perfectly with spinach or dark leafy green salads. It is sweet, tangy, and gets my kids excited about eating their greens--which I consider a WIN!
This Raspberry Dressing is delicious on simple salads, fruit salads, or even chicken salads. It is sweet, yet not overly sweet. It is tangy, yet not too pungent. It really is a refreshing way to dress a salad and also makes a great marinade for fish and chicken.
If you look at store bought salad dressing, the list of ingredients are several line and along with added sugars, you more than likely will notice many ingredients you can not even pronounce. My homemade raspberry dressing is made with just a few simple, wholesome ingredients. And instead of being sweetened with refined sugars, I use grape juice which brings out the sweetness of the raspberries perfectly.
How To Make Raspberry Vinaigrette
Making homemade vinaigrette is typically as easy as pouring everything into a resealable jar and giving a good shake. However, because there are fresh berries in this salad dressing, Raspberry Vinaigrette takes a TINY bit more effort.
Instead of a jar, place all ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth.
No Blender? No problem! You do not have to use a blender to make this dressing, you can just mash up the berries into the vinegar and juice with a fork before adding the remaining ingredients. This will result in a dressing not as smooth, but just as tasty.
You can strain dressing over fine mesh strainer to remove any raspberry seeds, but I do not find this necessary, as the seeds are quite tiny.
Can you use Frozen Raspberries?
I love to use fresh raspberries in the summer months, but frozen raspberries will work as well. Simply defrost the berries in the refrigerator for a few hours and then proceed with recipe.
Pro: Tip: When using frozen berries, I have found it is best to ONLY use the blender to make raspberry salad dressing.
How to Use
This easy homemade salad dressing is good on both sweet and savory salads. In fact, this raspberry vinaigrette works as a great fish or chicken marinade as well.
My favorite way to serve this raspberry vinaigrette is in a simple Raspberry Summer Salad, with mixed greens, diced avocados, chopped almonds and additional fresh raspberries.
But I have also found that this dressing adds great depth of flavor to chicken and fish when used as a marinade.
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Homemade Raspberry Dressing
- 6 ounces fresh raspberries rinsed and drained
- ½ cup Red Wine Vinegar
- ¼ cup grape juice or water
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- In a blender or food processor, blend all the ingredients together until smooth.
- Pour through a strainer into a glass jar to remove seeds if desired.
- If not using grape juice, you may want to add in 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup to sweeten this dressing.
- White or red grape juice, or even apple juice works great to add a bit of natural sweetness to this salad dressing.
- It is NOT necessary to strain this dressing, as long as the raspberry seeds do not bother you.
- You do not have to use a blender to make this dressing, you can just mash up the berries into the vinegar and juice with a fork before adding the remaining ingredients. This will result in a dressing not as smooth, but just as tasty.
- Raspberry dressing will keep in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
- For Chicken: Place defrosted or fresh chicken into resealable bag. Pour ½ cup dressing over chicken, seal bag and toss to coat both sides of chicken with dressing. Marinade for anywhere from 2 to 24 hours before grilling or baking. (I find 8-12 hours is best)
- For Fish: Place defrosted or fresh fish into shallow container and pour dressing over fish, turning to coat both sides of fish with dressing. Marinade for 20-30 minutes before grilling or baking.