This sweet-tart Passion Fruit Vinaigrette Recipe (aka 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!
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
- 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!
Making Passion Fruit Vinaigrette
Making salad dressings is so quick and easy, but this vinaigrette is easier than most. You
quite literally 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...
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 Passion Fruit Vinaigrette with Greens & Roasted Beets. Try it with spinach, chèvre, sliced strawberries, and toasted almonds. Be creative!
More Good Food with Passion Fruit (aka Maracuya)
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
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!
- 1/2 cup passion fruit (maracuya) pulp
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- sherry or wine vinegar
- 1 small shallot, cut in chunks
- 2 teaspoons honey (see notes)
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- a handful of fresh mint leaves
- sea salt and fresh ground pepper
- Add all ingredients to a food processor or small blender.
- Pulse until smooth.
- Serve with your favorite salad ingredients. (See notes).
I specify honey, but you can substitute your preferred sweetener to taste. If using agave nectar, start with half the amount.
I have tossed this Passion Fruit Vinaigrette with mango, avocado, red bell pepper, and jicama with both spinach and artisan greens. The flavors work really well together, and complement a main dish with Latin flavors.
Try adding grilled shrimp or chicken for a healthy main dish option!
Macronutrients are an approximation only from MyFitnessPal.com, and do not include the salad.
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Serving Size:1 1/2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 86Total Fat: 1gCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 0g