Thanksgiving Leftovers Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

Thanksgiving Leftovers Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette |

How was your Thanksgiving? Did you pass impassioned, deliciously inappropriate notes and booze across a plane at 20,000 feet to the chump sitting in seat #7A, tweet the whole thing, and cause every woman across the nation swoon over your brave yet boisterous act?

Did you? Did you? Me neither. My Thanksgiving was as mellow as they come.

You look like you need a place to put your Thanksgiving leftovers. . .

Thanksgiving Leftovers Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette |

I’m showing you a salad with leftover Thanksgiving goodies all over it. Which isn’t a big deal. At all. But, I’m just going to lay it on you thick and juicy, because what is a big deal is this discovery I’ve made about cranberry sauce. Ready for it? Cranberry sauce MAKES AMAZING SALAD DRESSINGGGGG!

You’re looking at me with one eyebrow raised like The Rock. Put that away.

I took my Cranberry Sauce with Ginger and Maple and added balsamic vinegar and a little olive oil. I then used it to dress my Thanksgiving leftovers salad. And that, my loves, is worth its weight in gold. Just ask Jim Cramer…I’m sure he said the exact same thing…this morning.

If you have leftover cranberry sauce, make it into a cranberry vinaigrette for your salads. In the realm of good ideas, this one’s pretty stellar.



  1. Turning cranberry sauce into dressing is a genius idea. I’ve been swirling mine into some oatmeal. Total yum! Love this salad. Pinned.

  2. I didn’t know a salad could make me this happy! I love that I can enjoy savory Thanksgiving leftovers while leaving myself wiggle room for the remaining pie :)

  3. So beautiful!! I see a lot of salads (ummm, and cookies, too) in my future….still coming out of my trypophan haze :)

  4. I really need this salad in my life after a week of gluttony! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  5. Hope you had the best T-day, lady! Now… I need this salad. Like, baaaaaadly.

  6. Ha ha ha! Like you think my family has any leftovers. Truly, it’s almost embarrassing the way we put away food. Even the 94-year-old FIL ate a huge plate of food. However, if I did, this salad would be first on my list. I’m still pinning it for another time. You never know….

  7. Whooooa love the cranberry sauce dressing idea!! You are a genius with your dressings. We unfortunately had zero leftover cranberry sauce this year… making a note now to plan better in 2014! Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving :)

  8. Oh my! Thank you so much for linking to that hilarious article! I had no idea. I think we should make shirts that says ‘Be the change you wish to see on the plane’ LOl

  9. I laughed so hard reading those tweets about 7A. Too funny (and crazy!) So I happy she wasn’t on my plane! This salad is absolutely perfect. Love the dressing.

  10. That twitter story was soooo amazing!!! I feel like we have all ran into somebody like that during our holiday travels. I wish I would have seen this salad before I just boringly reheated my holiday leftovers! Don’t worry I have plenty more. Maybe lunch tomorrow!

  11. You’re so smart it’s stupid.


  12. The look of this is seriously awesome! It is gorgeous and I LOVE the flavor and textures going on!

  13. Ok, so first of all, I love you for sharing that little gem…I so needed that laugh! Secondly, check your Twitter. Third, whoa that sounds dirty. Fourth, you are a genius….and also totally hardcore for eating fresh cranberries straight up. Fist bump, girl! Fist bump!

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