Cranberry Relish Salad Dressing & Weekend Adventures

Hi there and happy Monday! Today marks the re-entry back into the workplace and back to the regular routine for many. My classes are still on winter break, but I’ve started working on my independent study project already. Even though I consider myself fairly disciplined, it’s definitely a challenge for me to stay focused because there is no set schedule for me this semester. We’ll see how I do. 🙂

In between work projects, I had some fun this weekend and got outdoors for a great hike on Saturday:

Winter hiking.

Alan and I treated ourselves to lunch at one of our favorite healthy eateries after that hike. I ordered the breakfast bowl with steamed greens, tofu, brown rice, black beans, veggies, salsa, and corn tortillas:

Vegan breakfast bowl at Palm Greens Cafe in Palm Springs, CA.

We rarely eat out anymore so it was fun to have that experience and, quite frankly, overindulge a bit. As part of my newly-found commitment to vegan activism, I also took the opportunity to put out some cards from Our Hen House on the community table at the restaurant. If you go, you can find them displayed between the toothpicks and some other cards declaring that “the time has come, the archangel has arrived.” Well, alrighty then:

Our Hen House cards on display.

I spent some time yesterday reading Dr. Fuhrman’s new book, The End of Diabetes. A review to join the other ones I’ve done will be coming ASAP:

The End of Diabetes book cover by Dr. Fuhrman.

It scares the heck out me to read that 1 in 3 Americans may have diabetes by the year 2050. My dad died from complications of the disease just about a year ago and so it hits close to home.

On a cherrier subject, I got an e-mail this weekend from blog reader Kimberly J. who asked me:

“Hi Carrie! I was wondering if you have ever tried whole cranberries in your smoothies? I ended up with an extra bag from Christmas. I’ve never made anything besides cranberry sauce with fresh cranberries. Thanks! Kimberly”

Although I still want to try adding cranberries to a smoothie (brilliant idea!), I was inspired by this question to drag out that last bag of frozen cranberries from my freezer and make some salad dressing. I used frozen cranberries, but you could definitely use fresh as well:

Bag o' frozen cranberries.

Admittedly, this dressing is pretty much just a cranberry-ized version of my Wild Blueberry Zinger Dressing, but the flavor is noticeably different. Besides, why change something that works?

Anywho, the other ingredients include walnuts, parsley, garlic, onion, dates, lime juice, soy milk and vinegar. Here’s what it looks like pre-blended:

Cranberry Relish Dressing in the Vitamix.

It made a lot because I used the whole bag of cranberries. I think the color is so pretty:

Cranberry Relish Salad Dressing

The recipe:

I used this dressing on my lunch salad yesterday:

Salad with Cranberry Relish Dressing.

Alan prefers dressings made with straight vinegar and no citrus juice, but I liked this combination of flavors a lot. If you want it to really taste like cranberry relish, you could substitute maple syrup for the dates, but I thought the tart/sweet ratio was perfect in this version. It was also kind of fun to have one last taste of the holidays before moving on.

The last activity I obsessively worked on spent some time with yesterday was adding new recipes to my app, Vegan Delish. Be sure to download it here and then check the “New Recipes” category to see the recently-added ones:

Vegan Delish business card

Hope you have a great day and I’ll see you back here on Wednesday. In the meantime, find exclusive content from me on my blog’s Facebook page here, my app’s Facebook page here, Twitter or Instagram.


  1. says

    Salad dressing looks good! I was using up left-overs this weekend too. I also decided to re-read Eat To Live. I think I last read it in 2005? Excited to read the new revised edition. Diabetes is such a sad epidemic. Most of my patients have it. And it’s so reversible most of the time. Looking forward to reading Dr. Fuhrman’s book on the topic. Happy Monday!

  2. Lori B says

    I’ll be anxious to hear your thoughts on Dr. Fs new book. 🙂 I got to use my Vegan Delish app over the weekend and LOVED it! I like that you are adding new recipes each month and it is so easy to make your shopping list right on your ipad! I also like that you can add certain recipes to a favorites list. We made the cheese kale salad and it was a hit with everyone but my son. He is not a fan of most veggies, but I’m working on that!

    • says

      Thanks, Lori!!! So happy to hear that you like Vegan Delish. Would you consider writing a review of it on the App Store? You would go into the App Store, search for Vegan Delish and then hit the button to write a review. That would be really awesome and I would REALLY appreciate it. I’m glad you liked the cheezy kale salad. Does your son like green smoothies?

  3. Angela says

    Totally in the same boat as you Carrie. I’m on winter break, but trying to work on writing my thesis. It’s really hard since I feel burnt out from last semester, but I know I’ll be better off working on it now before my next semester begins and I start a new part-time job. Glad I’m not the only one out there feeling this way.

    And, way to get your activism on at the restaurant. Leaving those cards was an awesome idea! Can’t wait to check out the new Vegan Delish recipes!

  4. says

    That recipe looks great. I would have never thought of putting cranberries as part of a dressing.
    And the new Joel Fuhrman book looks good… I’m sorry to hear about your dad. That’s rough – you had a lot going on last year. (my dad also passed away the same year as having my thyroid removed too).
    I finally got one of his other books from the library after being on hold for a month, can’t wait to read it =)

    • says

      Thanks, Kim. Yep, 2012 was a tough year for sure. I often wondered if the stress of losing my dad had anything to do with my cancer growing, but I guess we’ll never know. Let me know what you think about Dr. F’s book, which one did you get?

  5. says

    Just found your blog today! It’s awesome! I’m linking you on my sidebar – hope you don’t mind! I also subscribed! AND…I’m going to participate in your Vegan Friday Meme!!!!! Woot!

  6. bitt says

    That tough about your dad. My dad had prediabetes and was able to reverse it with diet and exercise. He eats vegetarian a lot of the time. He’s determined to fight it. To your reader: I put cranberries in smoothies often, just use something to counteract the tartness.

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