Recipes: Jam Up Your Salad Dressing

At last weekend’s farmer’s market, I was on my usual quest to buy anything that contained red raspberries. It’s probably my favorite fruit, and hands-down my favorite kind of jam, so naturally I stopped by The Berry Patch and chatted with Brenda, owner and creator of assorted deliciousness. Brenda mentioned seeing my healthy salad dressing recipe, and suggested that I try making one of her own dressing concoctions.

In the past I haven’t really gone for raspberry vinagrettes. I think maybe I just never found one I really liked, so I didn’t pursue other brands or variations. However, I felt it was a good idea to give this another try, especially since I could make it myself. I like knowing exactly what’s in my food, and because I have an affinity for all things red raspberry lately, I decided Brenda’s recipe was the one to try.

All you need is dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt & pepper, and The Berry Patch jam of your choice. Obviously I picked red raspberry, but you might like one of their “sweet heat” jams to give your salad a real kick.

Just toss all your ingredients into a bowl…

…and whisk away!

I adhered to the outlined recipe quantities, but after a quick taste test, I added more red raspberry jam. SHOCKING, I know. I’d say I probably used about 2 tablespoons instead of 1. I also substituted the dijon mustard with dijon-style Nayonaise, because that’s what I had on hand.

You can refrigerate your dressing or serve immediately.

If you use the recommended amounts for the ingredients, I’d say there’s enough to dress two or three large salads. Of course, the quantities can always be increased to make a large batch to have on hand… if you can resist eating it all at once! I really enjoyed this dressing – it made my salad taste more like a treat than a healthy meal.


If you live in the area, be sure to stop by the Ligonier Country Market this Saturday from 8am-12pm, because it’s the last market of the season! Make sure you visit Brenda & The Berry Patch, say hello, try some samples, and stock up for the winter. I will be, so that I don’t exhibit withdrawal symptoms throughout the cold winter months. Hope to see you there!

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