Apple Cider Vinaigrette is a super simple and delicious recipe that only takes 5 minutes to make. It is so quick and easy to combine olive oil, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, and maple syrup for a zesty dressing. Just shake it up and keep it on hand for whenever salad is on the menu.

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Quick and Easy Apple Cider Vinaigrette

I love diving into a big, healthy, hearty salad. What’s not to love about the combo of leafy greens, flavorful veggies, crunchy nuts, tangy cheeses, and perhaps even some fruit?

One thing that stumps so many salad lovers is the dressing, though.

Of course you want some flavor, but too often the dressing adds some unwanted calories.

So when you find a delicious recipe that is super easy and full of healthy ingredients, I call that a win!

This Apple Cider Vinaigrette checks ALL the boxes. Whether you whip up a batch for a healthy salad or pour it over a grain bowl, it is one of the best ways to get a quick meal on the table.

And don’t forget to check out these other dressing recipes—Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing, Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing, and Greek Salad Dressing.

Oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, and mustard are the basic ingredients for this dressing.
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Ingredients

To make this Apple Cider Vinaigrette recipe you need:

  •  Oil. Both avocado and olive work fine, but stick with a high-quality, neutral-flavored one.
  • Sweetener. A natural option is best, like pure maple syrup or honey.
  • Apple cider vinegar. There are so many types at the store, but try to choose one with the mother for the most health benefits, it has the optimal balance of bacteria, yeast, and protein. Get an organic one if possible.
  • Mustard. Dijon mustard is best and creates a unique, tangy flavor. You can use yellow mustard, but the flavor will be a bit sharper.
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How to Make Apple Cider Vinaigrette

The basic steps for making homemade Apple Cider Vinaigrette are simple to follow:

Combine the Ingredients

There are several ways to prepare this recipe.

You can either use a blender, shaker bottle, or Mason jar. If you use a jar with a tight-fitting lid, your mixing jar can double as storage, so you have less dishes to clean!

If you are using a blender, add all of the ingredients to the pitcher. Alternately, combine everything in a jar.

Another great option is an immersion blender.

All of the ingredients are combined in a Mason jar.

Mix It Up

Blend or shake the dressing for about 20 to 30 seconds. It will start to separate as it sits, but you can easily mix it back up before using.

This dressing is best served immediately, but you can also keep it in the fridge.

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Meal Prep and Storage

  • How to prep apple cider vinegar ahead of time: You can make your own salad dressing up to 2 days in advance and keep it in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • How to store apple cider vinaigrette: Leftover dressing can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. However, the dressing will slowly lose its brightness and flavor the longer it is stored.
  • How to freeze: It is not recommended to freeze homemade vinaigrette dressings as the ingredients will separate and won’t emulsify once thawed.

How long does homemade vinaigrette last?

Many oil-based vinaigrette salad dressings can keep for up to 1 to 2 weeks in the refrigerator. It mostly depends on what the shelf life is of the individual ingredients, however.

Is vinaigrette healthy?

Vinaigrette dressings are a healthier option than many other egg-based or cream-based varieties because they usually only have olive oil, vinegar, a small amount of sweetener, and sometimes herbs.

Why is apple cider good for you?

The benefits of apple cider vinegar are plentiful. It kills harmful bacteria, lowers blood sugar levels, and increases skin and heart health. Some studies have shown it can aid in weight loss, as well.

What is apple cider vinegar?

Apple cider vinegar is made from fermented apple juice. Usually, there is no added sugar. This ingredient is often used in healthy eating. You will find several varieties, including unfiltered apple cider vinegar and raw apple cider vinegar.

Apple cider vinaigrette is healthy and easy to make.

Dietary Modifications

The recipe you’ll find below is already vegetarian, gluten-free, Paleo, nut-free, and dairy-free as written.  Here are some adjustments and substitutions you can make to help it fit your other dietary requirements:

  • Low-Carb and Keto:  Use liquid Stevia instead of the honey or maple syrup, or leave a sweetener out completely.
  • Whole30: Leave out the maple syrup and honey.
  • Vegan: Use agave nectar or pure maple syrup in place of the honey.

Expert Tips and Tricks

  • Just a little. You can always add more sweetener, so don’t get carried away at first.
  • Mother knows best. Apple cider vinegar with the mother is the healthiest option, but any variety will work.
  • Emulsify is key.  Quickly processing the ingredients in a blender will help the ingredients to completely combine together. 
  • Make extra.  Enjoy salad all week by simply doubling the batch and have it ready to enjoy!
  • Save dishes. Combine the ingredients in whatever jar you will store them in to make cleanup a breeze.
A salad topped with apple cider vinaigrette.

What to Serve with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Apple Cider Vinaigrette is a healthy and delicious dressing.

Try it on this Fall Harvest Salad, this Chopped Kale Salad, or this Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese.

Or, use it to flavor chicken, like Spatchcock Chicken, or vegetables, like these Oven Roasted Vegetables.

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More Dressing Recipes

Once you realize how easy it is to make your own dressings at home, you will want to try these other varieties.

Classic oil-based recipes like Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing, Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing, and Greek Salad Dressing are delicious and healthy.

Or, opt for a creamier one like Homemade Ranch Dressing, Homemade Thousand Island Dressing, or Lemon Tahini Dressing.

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Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Apple Cider Vinaigrette is a super simple and delicious recipe that only takes 5 minutes to make. It is so quick and easy to combine olive oil, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, and maple syrup for a zesty dressing.
A jar full of apple cider vinaigrette.
Yield 8 servings
Prep 5 minutes
Total 5 minutes
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Ingredients 

  • ½ cup oil avocado or olive
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3-4 Tbsp. pure maple syrup or honey
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard or yellow
  • Pinch of salt to taste

Instructions 

  • Add ingredients to a 16-ounce mason jar and shake until well combined. Alternatively, you can add the ingredients to a high-speed blender or food processor and blend for 10-20 seconds, or until smooth. 
    ½ cup oil, ¼ cup apple cider vinegar, 3-4 Tbsp. pure maple syrup, 2 tsp. Dijon mustard, Pinch of salt
  • Serve immediately or store apple cider vinaigrette in the refrigerator for up to 1 week between servings. Bring to room temperature and shake well before using.
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Meal Prep and Storage

  • How to prep apple cider vinegar ahead of time: You can make this salad dressing up to 2 days in advance and keep it in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • How to store apple cider vinaigrette: This vinaigrette can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.  The dressing will slowly lose its’ brightness and flavor the longer it is stored, though.
  • How to freeze: It is not recommended to freeze homemade vinaigrette dressings as the ingredients will separate permanently and no longer emulsify together once thawed.

Nutrition

Calories: 141kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 0.1g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 9g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Sodium: 14mg, Potassium: 20mg, Fiber: 0.1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 1IU, Vitamin C: 0.01mg, Calcium: 7mg, Iron: 0.04mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    That was a delicious Vinaigrette. I used maple syrup. I topped my shrimp, lettuce, tomato salad . Now I am hooked on this awesome tasting Vinaigrette.Not too vinegary , sweet and savory. Perfect!

    I have looked for a really good Vinaigrette that you can use on just about anything and this is it

    Thanks for a great recipe!

    1. Yay! So happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe, Kathleen! I’m so glad this recipe works for so many things for you. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment and rating!