Honey Red Wine Vinaigrette

CATEGORIES: Kate, Salad Dressings

So we couldn’t, in good conscience, only post sweets leading up to Christmas! Actually, we don’t really feel that badly about our coma-inducing barrage of goodies, but this two-part recipe is so festive, fun, and delicious that we couldn’t leave it out. It’s perfect for a fancy Christmas Eve dinner or a neighborhood potluck, a great accompaniment to a ham, or topped with grilled chicken breast for a meal at home with your family.

What is this magical mystery? It’s a yummy salad, sweet, savory, and crunchy, full of all sorts of amazing flavors that blend together perfectly. And a huge part of that is the dressing, which may just be my favorite salad dressing ever. Of all the dressings of all the world. Whether or not I make the whole salad, I love to keep this dressing whipped up in the refrigerator to use on everything. Like, say, a leaf of lettuce I tear off and dip in the dressing just so I don’t have to resort to licking the spoon. It’s that good. And the best part? I’m willing to bet if you don’t already have the ingredients in your cupboard, they’re on your shopping list.


Look at that gorgeous blush color! Yum!

This dressing goes with : Candied Walnut Salad


  1. I am in charge of leafy salad for Christmas Eve! I cannot wait to take this. My favorite dressing is also a red wine vinaigrette (a bit different recipe though) that goes along with a walnut, spinach salad–I can taste it right now! Thanks for the recipe. I (you) might be the Eve hero 🙂

  2. This dressing is good; I remember having it at your house. I would have to say I love ranch and Caesar. Of course I have yet to find a supper market ranch that is to die for. Someone once gave me a ranch from some little farm in northern Utah – that was fabulous; I just have no idea how to get it :^( As for Caesar, it MUST be homemade, specifically the kind from those really expensive little Italian restaurants where you can only afford to buy a salad… “I paid what for salad?? Thank goodness I didn’t get the veal!” So worth it.

  3. Love dressings and this looks wonderful! My favorite dressing is the homestyle ranch from Lighthouse, on green beans, pizza, salad, chicken, you name it I probably eat it with ranch. My favorite homemade is thousand island, we use our canned zucchini relish then put it on chef salad or for dipping ruebens, yummy!

  4. Salad?? What the heck are you trying to do here Kate?? lol.

    This dressing looks awesome, I love the color. A do love good homemade ranch, but also anything with citrus. The Bermuda Vinaigrette, and the dressing on our Steak and Mango Salad are a couple of my faves.

  5. I LOVE the cruet!! Our favorite dressing in our house is Italian, zesty to be precise. This looks delicious. I’m thinking my spinach salad would be great with this dressing!

  6. This dressing looks so pretty!

    I started writing something and then realized Derek and Mary already wrote what I wanted to say. Uncle Dan’s is THE BEST! I can’t find it in Utah anymore, so I have called an aunt who lives in Washington State to buy the jumbo thing at Costco and have her ship it to me!

  7. Amber, you’re totally gonna laugh, but I got the cruet for under 2 bucks at Walmart! 🙂

    That dressing sounds soooooo good…I’ve contemplated tossing some dijon mustard in–I may have to give it a shot!

  8. That looks delicious! I have a huge bottle of raw buckwheat honey I need to find a use for. I think I’ll give it a try. Also, where did you get your cruet? I love it…. My favorite salad dressing comes from my French friend, it’s almost the same as this one, but no honey, and lots of dijon mustard and fresh herbs. No recipe really, just a little bit of this and little bit of that, usually I do 2 parts oil to one part vinegar, then salt, pepper, garlic, herbs and a pinch of sugar to taste.

  9. Wow, I’m first!! That looks really good and super easy! I would have to say that my favorite is ranch. I know, totally boring. I don’t like bottled though, I have to make it from a dry mix called Uncle Dan’s and it’s incredibly hard to find in Utah. I have to stock up whenever we visit family in Idaho.

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