Raspberry Vinaigrette

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Raspberry vinaigrette is a fruity and sweet vinaigrette recipe. It’s a great salad dressing for the warm spring and summer months and adds a bright pop of raspberry flavor to any salad recipe.

This raspberry dressing is quite versatile. But I love it on my Berry Spinach Salad for an extra boost of raspberry goodness.

Raspberry Vinaigrette in a glass jar.

Raspberry Vinaigrette

When the weather warms up and fresh raspberries are in abundance it’s the perfect time to switch up your normal salad dressing routine with this raspberry vinaigrette. It’s fresh, bright, fruity, sweet and delicious drizzled on a wide range of salad recipes.

Ingredients in Raspberry Vinaigrette

Once you make salad dressings at home, you’ll never want to buy store-bought dressings again. I just looked up the ingredients in many popular raspberry dressing bottles from the supermarket and they contained ingredients such as: added sugar, soybean oil, xanthan gum, potassium sorbate, red 40 and blue 1.

Needless to say, you should never need red and blue dye when mother nature makes raspberries the most beautiful color naturally. So what’s in my raspberry vinaigrette recipe: fresh raspberries (though you could use frozen), olive oil, red wine vinegar, diced shallot, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper. Fresh ingredients makes all the difference.

Raspberry Vinaigrette being made in a food processor.

How to Make Raspberry Vinaigrette

It’s as simple as tossing all of the ingredients into a food processor and blending for about 30 seconds. You don’t want to over-blend as it’s nice to have some smaller bits of the shallot, so just blend until everything is combined.

Raspberry vinaigrette dressing next to a spinach salad.

More Vinaigrette Recipes You’ll Love

And don’t forget to try my Berry Spinach Salad with this raspberry vinaigrette. It’s the perfect salad recipe for spring, summer and 4th of July!

Spoon dipping into the raspberry vinaigrette.

Raspberry Vinaigrette is a fruity and naturally sweet vinaigrette recipe. It's great for spring and summer and adds a bright pop of raspberry flavor to any salad recipe.

Raspberry Vinaigrette

4.89 from 35 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan

Description

Raspberry Vinaigrette is a fruity and naturally sweet vinaigrette recipe. It's great for spring and summer and adds a bright pop of raspberry flavor to any salad recipe.

Ingredients 
 

Instructions 

  • Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend for 30 seconds.

Lisa's Tips

  • You can store this raspberry vinaigrette for up to a week in the fridge. 

Nutrition

Calories: 90kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 54mg | Potassium: 29mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 4.1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.2mg
Course: dressing
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Raspberry Dressing, Raspberry Vinaigrette
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Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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  1. I made a half batch of this using frozen raspberries and it was very bitter so I added about a tablespoon of honey and it was absolutely delicious. I was trying to recreate a starter I had at a recent wedding. I served the dressing on an apple, toasted walnut and raspberry salad with brie baked in puff pastry and it was so good!

  2. Made it tonight for the first time. Loved the color! Family would have liked a little stronger raspberry taste (did not feel that was the dominant flavor) so will try again with 2-3 cups (8-12 oz) of raspberries.( I used fresh). Def a keeper as a bright, light summer dressing!4 stars

  3. Absolutely delicious! I’ve been making my salad dressings recently, and I love how simple and fresh the ingredients are. The color of this dressing is SO vivid and pink! And the taste is fantastic, too!!!5 stars

  4. The dressing was much more sour than I expected. I used fresh raspberries – perhaps frozen berries would have been better. I balanced out the sour by adding a fresh bosc pear. If I make it again I will also use less red wine vinegar.3 stars

  5. Ha ha ha! When you suggest frozen raspberries, please add you should defrost them first! We’re having salad with raspberry vinaigrette smoothie right now.

  6. Can this recipe be made with regular white vinegar instead of red wine vinegar? I don’t like anything alcoholic.

    1. Vinegar translates from sour wine “vin”. White vinegar is made from alcohol just like all the others. Its a byproduct of bacteria eating alcohol making it go “off”. One difference is that white vinegar is made from industrial neutral spirits similar to everclear or vodka instead of wine or cider.

      Try substituting citrus juice in your vinaigrette if you don’t want anything that was once alcohol.

  7. This is delicious! And real easy to make. I was concerned the raspberry seeds would be a problem but it was fine. I made a chicken and fruit salad and served the raspberry vinaigrette with it and also added your zucchini fritters on the side! Wonderful!!!  Thank you Lisa for more great recipes!5 stars

  8. I made this dressing for my Ahi and berry salad and it complimented the salad well. I will definitely make it again. I added a bit more Dijon to the dressing and also on my seared tuna.5 stars

  9. Amazing! Thank you so much for this delicious recipe. Made a spinach arugula salad with strawberries, tomato, glazed pecans, and topped with hemp seeds, coconut breaded tofu, and a sliver of avocado. The dressing was perfection. My husband said it was the best salad he’s ever had! 5 stars

    1. Oil is necessary in a vinaigrette. but if you insist on a substitute you can use vegetable broth or fruit juice thickened with cornstarch. It will most definitely change the taste of the recipe. Olive oil is among the healthiest of the fats and we do need some fats our diet. This is a condiment used in smaller quantities and not a side dish. my advice is use the olive oil.

  10. I used this recipe to have an idea of what quantities to use. Based on other comments I read, I used a little less vinegar and added some honey. I used a little garlic instead of shallots. I also used half olive oil and half canola oil (seeing I didn’t have enough olive oil on hand). It turned out really good.5 stars

  11. Can this be made in bulk and frozen in individual containers to take to work for my daily lunch salad?

  12. Made this tonight with some raspberries I picked from the garden. It was delicious!

    I loved it and my wife found it to be too acidic. (she’s sensitive to that) I’ll be making it again with less vinegar.

    Thanks for the recipe!

    PS: You mention avoiding xanthan above. Personally, I find it to be a lovely addition to many homemade dressings and hot sauces. It keeps them from separating and helps them cling to food better.5 stars

  13. Love this vinaigrette! I added 2 cups of frozen raspberries and followed everything else to a T. I had it with baby spinach, goat’s cheese, frozen berries and candied pecans. Absolutely delicious. Thank you for the this amazing recipe. 5 stars

  14. Delicious. I did use less dijon mustard. I used 
    3/4 tsp.  Rather use less and be able to add more. Perfect as it was. 5 stars

  15. I made the recipe as is, with the exception of subbing out 1/2 of the red wine vinegar with raspberry balsamic, just because I had it on hand. I also liked the idea of the depth of colour and flavour it would add.
    The Dijon was a tiny bit forward and the entire thing was very sour. I ended up adding some honey. Once balanced, it was lovely and I will definitely make again. Thanks.4 stars

  16. This was really good. I used 1.5 cup of frozen mixed berries and I really liked it. I mixed it and waited about 15 minutes for it to thin out. I didn’t think it needed any more sweetness because the mixed berries had cherries in it which really sweetend it up without added sugars. Ate it with a salad, cous cous, and broiled salmon with a mustard topping. Really yummy!5 stars

  17. The recipe is delicious. I just want to point out that if you use frozen raspberries you should thaw them first, otherwise, the consistency is quite solid.5 stars

  18. I used my blender. I poured it out into a decanter for dinner salad and and wiped off the drip with my finger and naturally tasted it. Wow. I up-ended the blender and let it drip into my mouth! I looked at the full decanter and had to stop my self from just drinking it. Hope it lasts till dinner in two hours. THANK YOU.5 stars

  19. What if I cook down the raspberries with a little sugar first, I don’t have a good processor

  20. This was really delicious, but a little tart for our tastes, so we add 1/4 cup of maple syrup to the blend.  You could use honey as an alternative.  We serve it with a simple salad made from fresh greens, toasted pecans and dried cranberries, topped with sauteed shrimp.  Lovely!5 stars

  21. Wow! So excited to made this! I have a question though,  could other fruits be used as well? Like maybe blueberry or strawberries? 5 stars

    1. Hi Ariel – So glad you loved this recipe! I have not made it with blueberries or strawberries, but definitely give it a go and let me know how it turns out :)

  22. I just made this dressing; I didn’t have a shallot so I substituted a fat clove of garlic, as you suggested. So delicious…I’ll never buy the store brand again! Thank you so much!5 stars

    1. Hi Lynn – Why buy store-bought versions when you can make a healthier version at home! Hahah. I’m glad you enjoyed this recipe :)

  23. hi .. here in australia .. shallots are the long spring onions with the green tops.. do you mean eschallots the small brown onions for the dressing

  24. Great recipe! It is creamy with a tangy and sweet flavor. I added one tespoon of honey for a little more sweetness. 5 stars

    1. Thanks Julia! I’m happy you loved the vinaigrette. And yes, feel free to tweak the sweetness level to your liking. :)

  25. We just had this on our homegrown lettuce and fell in love! Its also perfectly paired with pan seared salmon. Thank you so much for this recipe!5 stars

    1. Wonderful! I’m happy you enjoyed the recipe Misty. I’m sure it was delicious on the salmon – yum!

  26. Lisa, I haven’t tried the recipe yet, but it sounds delicious and I’m at the grocery right now shopping for ingredients. Will the raspberry seeds get ground up in the food processor? Some of my people can’t handle seeds.

    1. The seeds are pretty minimal in this recipe, but you could always puree the raspberries individually and strain them first. :)

  27. Good recipe. Everything emulsified well. I used frozen berries. Shallots were a little strong. Next time I will only use 1 tablespoon. Also, added 2 tsp. of sugar.

  28. Delicious dressing. I made it with frozen raspberries and needed some time to thin out. Leaving it on room temp for 30 min did the trick. Made it with your berry spinach salad for a dinner party and it was a huge hit. I am enjoying the the leftovers today for lunch. And it’s also looks and smells awesome. Great recipe again form you Lisa. Love all your recipes that i tried so far. Keep up with your good work. Thank you5 stars

    1. Hi Brigitta – Thank you so much for he kind words! I’m so happy you loved the vinaigrette and spinach salad as much as I did! :)

    1. Hi Melissa – I’d recommend just letting it come to room temperature a bit. It will thin out. :)

  29. Is there a substitute I can use for the shallot? I can’t have them and would love to make this for salads. Thanks so much!

    1. You could sub with regular onion or one clove of garlic. If you can’t have either of those, maybe a pinch or so of celery salt.

  30. I love natural raspberry flavor, but I can’t stand the fake stuff in bottled dressings! This one is getting saved!5 stars

    1. Yes, this homemade raspberry vinaigrette is so much more flavorful than bottled dressings. No comparisons at all!

  31. What a fresh tasting vinaigrette! You’re right homemade vinaigrettes are so much better than store bought!5 stars

  32. I just had this on a simple romaine salad with chicken and it was great. Will definitely make this again.5 stars