It’s easy to make pumpkin vinaigrette in 5 minutes with a few ingredients! It’s a delicious salad dressing for mixed green or rice salads.
Last year I made an absolutely delicious wild rice salad, with pumpkin vinaigrette for the dressing. It was fantastic, so today I want to share the recipe for the salad dressing. This vinaigrette is delicious on most mixed green salads, too, which is why it is good to have the recipe in my salad dressing “toolbox”.
You can use canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix) OR your own homemade pumpkin puree, which is what I typically use to make this vinaigrette. Obviously the canned pumpkin puree is very convenient, but since I usually have several bags of homemade puree stored in our freezer, homemade is my “go to”.
The recipe is super easy to make in 5 minutes or less, with a few simple ingredients. Here’s how to make this delicious dressing:
Scroll down for a printable recipe card at the bottom of this page.
How To Make Pumpkin Vinaigrette
Measure 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree (canned or homemade) into a small bowl. NOTE: Remember to NOT use pumpkin pie filling, or you probably won’t like this dressing!
To the pumpkin puree add white wine vinegar, honey, salt, pepper, and some dried thyme. (Exact measurements are found in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post).
Whisk these ingredients together until they are fully blended, and the vinaigrette is creamy. The mixture will be fairly thick.
Slowly drizzle olive oil into the pumpkin vinaigrette mixture. Be sure to whisk continuously as you slowly drizzle the olive oil in, because slow drizzling and whisking continuously helps the vinaigrette to emulsify. That basically means you mix the ingredients so well that ingredients that normally don’t combine well (like oil and water), can “come together” in a way that disperses them into a stabilized unit.
Most vinaigrettes are emulsified, to fully blend the various vinegars and oils. It’s a simple process, and you end up with a great dressing for your salads. Once the pumpkin vinaigrette is fully blended, then it is ready to serve on your favorite salad.
Time To Dress A Salad With Pumpkin Vinaigrette
The photo below shows the pumpkin vinaigrette being added to my wild rice salad. This dressing is really delicious, full of unique flavors, and is a great addition to most salads. I think you will really enjoy it.
Store any leftover salad dressing in a covered container in the refrigerator. After it has been refrigerated, bring it back to room temperature, because the oil will have slightly solidified. Shake or stir the vinaigrette vigorously before using again.
Hope you enjoy this simple pumpkin vinaigrette. Thanks for stopping by, take care, and have a GREAT day!
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Original recipe source: My “Southern Living 2009 Annual Recipes Cookbook”, published 1999 by Oxmoor House, Inc., page 195
It's easy to make pumpkin vinaigrette in 5 minutes with a few ingredients! It's a delicious salad dressing for mixed green or rice salads.
- ¼ cup canned pumpkin puree (or homemade) , NOT pumpkin pie filling
- ¼ cup white wine vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
- ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
Measure pumpkin puree (canned or homemade) into a small bowl. Add white wine vinegar, honey, salt, pepper, and dried thyme. Whisk these ingredients together until fully blended and creamy.
Slowly drizzle olive oil into vinaigrette. Whisk continuously as you drizzle the olive oil, because slow drizzling and whisking continuously helps the vinaigrette emulsify. Once pumpkin vinaigrette is fully blended, it is ready to serve on your favorite salad.
Store leftover salad dressing in a covered container in refrigerator. After it's been refrigerated, bring it back to room temperature, because oil will have slightly solidified. Shake or stir vinaigrette vigorously before using again. Enjoy!
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