Perfect Apple Cider Vinaigrette
This light and tangy apple cider vinaigrette recipe takes under 5 minutes to mix together and is absolutely delicious.
When you want to kick up your salad game, homemade dressings are the way to go. For years I took the lazy route and used store bought salad dressings. Finally I realized though, that those store bought dressings often contained funky ingredients and preservatives. Switching to homemade dressings was a game-changer. When we make salad dressings at home, they are less expensive, there’s less waste, they taste better, and we get to control how much oil and sugar we include.
Earlier this year I shared this creamy Lemon Tahini dressing that is one of my very favorites. I also shared a Chickpea Greek Salad with an easy Greek red wine vinaigrette. Both of those recipes were such hits with you guys, that I wanted to share another one of my favorite dressings. This Apple Cider Vinaigrette is light, tangy, and compliments almost any salad.
If you don’t yet have a bottle of apple cider vinegar (ACV) in your home, I highly recommend adding one. Apple cider vinegar has numerous health benefits. Not only can your apple cider vinegar be used in salad dressings like this one, it has beauty uses as well. Many of my girlfriends swear by ACV as a facial toner and I’ve used it myself to remove hair product buildup. The anti-fungal properties of apple cider vinegar make it a fantastic natural cleaning product. Adding a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm lemon water is said to be a great detoxification elixir and cold remedy. You can check out more apple cider vinegar health benefits on the Bragg website. I always choose unfiltered apple cider vinegar “with the mother”, which means it contains all that probiotic goodness. You can find this at Trader Joe’s and most any health food store. Since you have ACV already, be sure to try my favorite Apple Cider Vinegar Drink recipe!
This apple cider vinaigrette takes just a minute to whisk or shake together and will make all your salads taste better. Though I’m sharing a classic apple cider vinaigrette recipe, feel free to use it as a starting point and change it up. If you would like to make this dressing oil-free, you can simply omit the oil and replace it with a bit of orange juice. A splash of apple cider would be fun in the fall. Add a teaspoon of whole grain mustard for a more mustardy flavor or fresh herbs like dill for an earthier flavor. If you love lemon, go ahead and add the juice of half of a lemon.
What should you put your apple cider vinaigrette on? Though I use this apple cider vinegar salad dressing all year long, I especially gravitate to it during the autumn and winter months when apples are in season. It’s perfect on this arugula salad with pears and candied walnuts, and I’ll be sharing the recipe for a farro salad with autumn roasted veggies tomorrow. You can get a sneak peek in the video below!
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- Place all ingredients into a small bowl or jar. Stir until well combined. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Nutrition information is based on 1 sixth of this recipe and is approximate. For an oil-free dressing, you may omit the olive oil, but the dressing will be stronger. You can also try replacing some of the oil with orange juice.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1/6 recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 74 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 246mg Carbohydrates: 3g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 2g Protein: 0g