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Red Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette

Red Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette

If red pepper jelly is a condiment you’ve never tried, I suggest you get a jar right away. It’s one of the most versatile and under-utilized condiments out there. It works well in marinades, as a sandwich condiment, and in salad dressings.

Red Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette

If you’re not currently in the habit of making homemade salad dressings, you will be after making this one. The flavor is the perfect mixture of sweet and spicy and it couldn’t be easier to make. Plus it will keep for days in your refrigerator.

The flavor of homemade dressings is so much fresher, without those horrible preservative aftertastes so many bottled dressings have. Just a few simple ingredients is all it takes to make a great tasting dressing. Have you taken a look at all the ingredients in some of those fat-free dressings? Scary Stuff.

I’ve adapted this Red Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette recipe from Southern Living, cutting down on the amount of oil. I like a salad dressing that’s a little heavy on vinegar. That way I use a lot less of it because of the strong flavor. And when you factor in that there are fewer calories per tablespoon because you are using less oil, it’s a double win.

It may take some getting use to if you are used to oil-heavy dressings, but give it a try. It’s an excellent way to keep your calories low when consuming salad. Because that’s probably the reason you’re eating salad in the first place. Right?

Red Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette

Red Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette

Red Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette

This sweet and spicy vinaigrette made from red pepper will brighten up the flavor of any green salad.


  • cup red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons red pepper jelly
  • 1 small shallot (1-2 tablespoons), minced
  • 1 teaspoon stone ground mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper


  • Place all ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk well.
Course: Salad Dressing

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30 thoughts on “Red Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette”

  1. Good and unusual dressing-and good….i had with leafy greens,smoked turkey, carrots, celery and cucumber DELISH….I think it would also be good for a spinach salad AND fruit salad too.
    Thanks fo the recipe!

  2. Made it with a roasted Brussels sprouts salad including goat cheese, roasted pecans, sliced Granny Smith apple slices and baby spinach. My take on a favorite from a Chattanooga restaurant.

  3. Love this dressing! Make a green salad, add dried cranberries, honey pecans and feta cheese and you have a delicious meal!

  4. Delish. Used it on a watermelon salad (watermelon, arugula, cucumber, red onion, blue cheese and candied pecans).Fantastic combo.

  5. Jonathan Keller

    Going to try today. I have been adding pepper jelly to Good Seasoning Italian. It is convenient and I like it, but I think it probably takes something from the flavor of the jelly.

  6. I wanted to make this recipe but didn’t have red pepper jelly so I substituted tomato preserves,. It was delicious. Thank you for the inspiration !!!

  7. Just wondering if you’ve ever tried this with green pepper jelly or jalapeño jelly. We tried a jalapeño vinegarette recently and loved it. Trying to duplicate it. This is definitely going on the list of things to try!

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      I haven’t tried it with either green pepper jelly or jalapeno jelly but I think it would be just as good with them. 🙂

  8. Amy @ Elephant Eats

    I bought a jar of red pepper jelly and haven’t quite known what to do with it. This looks yummy…i love dressings that are high on the vinegar and low on the oil. This one looks right up my alley 🙂

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      I think you will really like this dressing Amy. Red pepper jelly also tastes great spread on a block of cream cheese and served with crackers 🙂

      1. Love pepper jelly and cream cheese on a butter cracker as snack or party dish. Pepper jelly vinaigrette is great with a spinach salad with some chicken, strawberries and feta. Also can add tomato but might be too much

  9. Renee@Two in the Kitchen

    I am a big fan of Red Pepper Jelly! This is a very clever idea to put it in salad dressing form!!

  10. I love homemade dressings and this red pepper jelly one sounds really flavorful and tasty! I’ve never tried red pepper jelly but it sounds wonderful!

  11. This sounds delicious! I’ve never had red pepper jelly, but I know I would love it. I think homemade dressings are where it’s at — they’re so much better. Pinning!

  12. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

    I’ve never tried red pepper jelly, but now I see how it’d make my salads amazing! I love vinegar-heavy dressings, so I’m sure I’d be a fan of this one ;–)

  13. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    This is such a unique dressing that will be sure to make any salad a whole lot tastier! Great job!

  14. I have never had Red Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette dressing but I am going to try your recipe, looks delicious. I always make my own dressings, like to use balsamic vinegar a lot. We have The Olive Oil Company store in Greenville that I shop at a lot. Not sure if you are familiar with them or not but they have a lot of oil and vinegar vats. Many different flavors from all over the world that you can buy in small or large bottles. Great place to visit and try different oils and vinegars!

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