Creamy Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette

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Spring is right around the corner, and this raspberry walnut vinaigrette has me dreaming of meals on the patio! This bright and tangy vinaigrette is the perfect dressing for a baby spinach salad loaded with all your favorites, like fresh veggies and grilled chicken!

creamy homemade raspberry walnut vinaigrette

Are you looking for more ways to add tons of flavor to your salads? Try other homemade dressings like my Creamy Gorgonzola Vinaigrette and Parmesan Vinaigrette for delicious and refreshing salads all year long.

This homemade vinaigrette is a far cry from the raspberry vinaigrettes you’ll find at the grocery store. They tend to taste overly acidic and have an artificial flavor that only somewhat resembles raspberry. This dressing on the other hand is bursting with the sweet flavor notes of red raspberries and the creamy, nutty texture of walnuts.

Why you’ll love this raspberry walnut vinaigrette

The delicate blend of raspberry and walnut flavors create a salad dressing that’s fruity, yet not too acidic. I used a touch of honey in the dressing to mellow out the balsamic vinegar and bring out the natural flavor of the fruit.

Many commercially prepared salad dressings use xanthan gum as a thickening agent, but this dressing stays nice and creamy all on its own thanks to the blended walnuts! Even days later, you’ll have a thick, creamy salad dressing bursting with fresh raspberry flavor.

This dressing is a true culinary classic and a must-have on your roster of homemade salad dressing recipes!

Equipment

For this simple homemade salad dressing, you’ll want a:

  • immersion blender
  • wide mouth quart jar or small bowl
ingredients for homemade raspberry walnut salad dressing

Ingredients

  • Raspberries – Frozen or fresh raspberries will do. If frozen, allow them to thaw overnight in the fridge.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil – My go-to oil for salad dressings. It’s thick, has a delicious savory flavor, and contains healthy monounsaturated fat.
  • Walnuts – Walnut meal or whole walnuts will work since we will be blending them.
  • Lemon juice – The citric acid from lemon juice adds tang and helps your salad greens absorb the dressing.
  • Balsamic vinegar – We only need a splash of balsamic vinegar, so whatever you have in your cupboard is fine.
  • Honey – Adds a touch of sweetness to balance the fat and acids.
  • Kosher salt – Enhances the flavor of the other ingredients.
This recipe couldn’t be easier. Just add everything in a jar and blend! Use a wide-mouth quart jar to avoid spills.

How to Make Raspberry Walnut Dressing

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in your jar or bowl.
  2. Blend together with an immersion blender.
  3. Taste the dressing and add more salt or balsamic vinegar to your liking.
  4. Serve immediately or store in the fridge to enjoy later.

Storing Suggestions

Store this raspberry walnut vinaigrette in the refrigerator for 5-7 days maximum. Olive oil can thicken when refrigerated, so you may need to stir it to recombine.

Tips & Variations

  • If you don’t have balsamic vinegar on hand, you can swap it out for red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar.
  • I love my immersion blender because it’s so quick and easy to clean, but you can also make this vinaigrette in a food processor or blender.
  • Swap out the olive oil with walnut oil for additional nuttiness! Avoid using vegetable oil if you can, since it lacks flavor and nutritional benefits.
  • Whole raspberries give this salad its fresh fruitiness, but you can also use raspberry preserves to get that delicious raspberry flavor. If you want your dressing to really pack a punch, try adding a few drops of raspberry juice concentrate!
  • For a little extra walnut flavor, toast your walnuts on a baking sheet at 350 for about 10 minutes. Let them cool before blending.
thick and creamy homemade raspberry salad dressing with walnuts immersion blender

How to Use Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette

If you love raspberries, this creamy vinaigrette is the perfect way to get your serving of greens! This dressing has less total fat, fewer calories, and more flavor than typical store-bought dressing, so you can feel extra good about enjoying it!

Toss this raspberry walnut vinaigrette with some mixed greens, chicken, red onion, air fryer walnuts, and avocado in a large bowl for a delicious salad full of nutrients and dietary fiber. Add a little cracked black pepper on top and serve in a metal salad bowl at your next picnic or barbecue.

The sweetness of this dressing goes great with savory flavors like grilled meats. Pair this salad with a barbecued T-bone and you’ll have a simple yet upscale steak house style meal!

raspberry walnut dressing

FAQs

Is raspberry walnut vinaigrette good for you?

Walnuts contain polyunsaturated fats while olive oil contains monounsaturated fats, both which are considered good, healthy fats! Plus, this dressing is loaded with raspberries, adding even more nutrients and flavor.

What is the healthiest vinegar for salad?

Balsamic vinegar contains antioxidants and antimicrobial compounds and is considered one of the healthiest vinegars.

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Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette

For a burst of fresh raspberry flavor in every bite, blend up this thick and creamy raspberry walnut vinaigrette!
4.7 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Appetizer, dinner, lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American, French
Servings 16 servings
Calories 84 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup raspberies, fresh or frozen (thawed)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 1 tbsp honey, optional; sweeten to taste

Instructions
 

  • Combine all of the ingredients in your jar or bowl.
  • Blend together with an immersion blender.
  • Taste the dressing and add more salt or balsamic vinegar to your liking.
  • Serve immediately or store in the fridge to enjoy later.

Notes

Store this raspberry walnut vinaigrette in the refrigerator for 5-7 days maximum. Olive oil can thicken when refrigerated, so you may need to stir it to recombine.

Tips & Variations

  • If you don’t have balsamic vinegar on hand, you can swap it out for red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar.
  • I love my immersion blender because it’s so quick and easy to clean, but you can also make this vinaigrette in a food processor or blender.
  • Swap out the olive oil with walnut oil for additional nuttiness! Avoid using vegetable oil if you can, since it lacks flavor and nutritional benefits.
  • Whole raspberries give this salad its fresh fruitiness, but you can also use raspberry preserves to get that delicious raspberry flavor. If you want your dressing to really pack a punch, try adding a few drops of raspberry juice concentrate!
  • For a little extra walnut flavor, toast your walnuts on a baking sheet at 350 for about 10 minutes. Let them cool before blending.

Nutrition

Serving: 2tbspCalories: 84kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 74mgPotassium: 31mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 4IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 0.2mg
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3 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I love this recipe, Rachael. I’m vegetarian, so I would have it on a feta salad, but my family would love it on gourmet sausages or steak.
    Thanks for sharing it.
    Pippa

  2. 4 stars
    Very tasty. It was very thick though and extremely tart. So I added more olive oil. Close to 1/2 cup. Will definitely make again.

    1. Holly, thanks for your feedback! I have a tendency to love really bright, tart flavors, so I can completely understand if it was a bit much! Another option would be to add 1-2 tablespoons of honey for a little extra sweetness. Isn’t the fluffy texture so dreamy? I love that’s it not just a regular vinaigrette!

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