This sweet-tart Passion Fruit Vinaigrette Recipe (aka passionfruit or maracuya vinaigrette) will brighten up the simplest of salads, but most definitely makes this Avocado Mango Jicama Salad sing! Make this luscious homemade salad dressing with frozen passion fruit pulp and your well-stocked pantry in just minutes!
👩🏻🍳 Tamara Talks - About Homemade Salad Dressings
I am curious. Do you make your own salad dressings, or do you rely on
hopefully good quality salad dressings from your favorite market? Perhaps you occasionally make them, but often buy them?
I am a huge fan of homemade salad dressings. If you've followed me for awhile, you may have heard me gripe about the ingredients? They tend to be chock full of stabilizers, corn syrup, and chemicals that I cannot begin to pronounce. Skip to the recipe...
My mission in life (slight exaggeration) is to get my readers on board with making salad dressings. Check out how easy this homemade salad dressing recipe is to make in this how-to-video:
Benefits of Homemade Salad Dressings
- NO ARTIFICIAL COLORS OR FLAVORS (unless you want them for some odd reason)
- They're fresh.
- They can be customized to go with your salad!
- You can make a small batch to avoid eating the same dressing on your salad for a month straight.
- They're healthier.
There! That ought to be enough to convince you to make your own healthy homemade salad dressings!
📋 Ingredients You'll Need
Here is a quick look at the ingredients in the recipe – it’s handy to use at the grocery store or as a summary of what you need. Skip to the recipe for quantities.
- passion fruit pulp - Goya makes frozen passion fruit pulp, and I keep a package in my freezer for recipes like agua fresca, this healthy Mexican coleslaw, and these tostones.
- olive oil - Neutral pure olive oil or extra virgin olive oil are fine.
- vinegar - I like sherry, champagne, or wine vinegar.
- mustard - I usually grab my jar of dijon, but honey mustard or brown mustard will work.
- fresh herbs - These are optional but add a lovely fresh flavor to the vinaigrette. My first choice is fresh mint, but cilantro or basil are great options as well!
- Making salad dressings is so quick and easy, but this vinaigrette is easier than most. You
quiteliterally put all the ingredients into the blender/processor, and pulse until smooth. Well, you'll want to remove the shallot skin and the stems from the fresh mint.
- I cannot stress enough the importance of tasting for seasoning! This is your chance to season the salad as well...
💭 Top tip
Vinaigrettes keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. If you plan to store it more than a couple of days, omit the fresh herbs. They lose their freshness much sooner!
Without the fresh herbs, this passion fruit vinaigrette keeps well for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
Absolutely! Use the same amount of fresh as frozen.
🍷 Pairing Suggestions
What am I serving Passion Fruit Vinaigrette with?
- We love this Latin-inspired combination of avocado, mango, jicama, red pepper, and greens. The pepitas provide a little extra crunch.
- I use the same dressing on my Goat Cheese and Beet Salad.
- Try it with spinach, chèvre, sliced strawberries, and toasted almonds. Be creative!
Passion fruit provides vibrant tropical flavor to so many different kinds of dishes. I have started keeping the frozen pulp in my freezer. Here are a few from my blog:
- Chilcano de Maracuya (A Pisco and Passionfruit Cocktail)
- Passionfruit Vinaigrette with Greens and Roasted Beets
- An Exotic Tropical Margarita
- Peruvian-Inspired Passionfruit Dark Chocolate Dessert
As you're easing out of winter and into spring (or is this wishful thinking?), I hope that you'll be inspired to start making your own lovely salad dressings. Be creative!
- ½ cup maracuya pulp/juice
- 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar (see notes)
- ½ cup olive oil
- 1 small shallot cut in pieces
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons honey more or less to taste
- several mint leaves (optional)
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- several grinds pepper
- Prepare the maracuya vinaigrette by adding all ingredients to a blender or food processor. Taste and adjust. You might want a bit more honey or salt. If it's too acidic for your taste, add a bit more olive oil.
NOTE: Macronutrients are an approximation only using unbranded ingredients and MyFitnessPal.com. Please do your own research with the products you’re using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.