Died and Gone to Heaven Honey-Cinnamon Vinaigrette

September 25, 2008 | By | Comments (3)

Every December, my mom and I head to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania for their annual Christkindlmarkt, a wonderful spot for artisans to feature their wares, and a good time for us to pick up a few unique holiday gifts.  As much as we look forward to our visit to the market, we also eagerly anticipate our trip because it means it’s also time for our stop at Bethlehem Brew Works, a brew pub in downtown Bethlehem.  Every time we go, we order the same thing … their Beer and Cheddar Soup and their Christmas City Salad with Cinnamon Vinaigrette.  And every time I go, I ask for the recipes to no avail.  Not even a list of ingredients.

Over the years, I’ve been tinkering with my own Beer and Cheddar Soup and have come up with a version that I actually like better, but the Cinnamon Vinaigrette has eluded me … until now.  In a recent issue of Southern Living magazine, I spied a recipe for Honey-Cinnamon Vinaigrette and ripped it out, hoping against hope that it might come close.  I quickly mixed up a batch before dinner and made a salad with tossed greens, roasted sliced pears and Gorgonzola cheese.  And, of course, the dressing.  Ahh, the dressing.

Spot on and oh so good.  The Husband wouldn’t touch it after the first bite, which is absolutely A-OK with me, because you know what that means… more for me!  He’s your traditional oil and lots of vinegar guy anyway, but there’s nothing stopping you from getting as hooked on it as I am … and save yourself that trip to Bethlehem, PA.  Well, unless you’re visiting the Christkindlmarkt, which is a very good reason to go indeed.  But in the meantime, have the dressing.  On the salad with the pears and Gorgonzola.  Really.  You’ll thank me for it.  I’ll be right here waiting.

See the recipe for Honey-Cinnamon Vinaigrette here.


  1. Sarah Caron

    Interesting. It’s not the flavor I would choose off the bat, but certainly worth a try, even if the husband doesn;t agree.

    October 7, 2008 at 7:00 pm
  2. Sharon

    Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait to try it as being a fan of the Christmas City Salad myself.

    January 25, 2009 at 7:58 am
  3. Audrey Dunham (@AudreyEDunham)

    WOW!! My husband and I are in Bethlehem, PA right now and had that very salad TODAY!! We almost fell out of our chairs, it was so amazing. We swore that it was the best salad with the best dressing that we’ve ever had, and we’ve had a lot of salads in our day! I asked for the cinnamon vinaigrette recipe, too, and the server said, “Sure, no problem. I”ll go print you a copy.” I couldn’t believe my ears ~ they were actually willing to share this incredible recipe?! Unfortunately, the server came back and said that they actually didn’t make the dressing in house and that they bought it pre-made from another company. He didn’t give the name of the company, but said I’d probably be able to find it at Wegman’s. Anyway, I just thought to myself that perhaps I’d be able to find a recipe online for this delicious Cinnamon Vinaigrette, and here I am! THANK YOU for sharing this recipe; I can’t wait to give it a try!

    September 2, 2013 at 1:38 am

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