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This versatile Apple Cider Vinaigrette is a little sweet, a little tangy, and a beautiful golden color. Use it on our popular Autumn Chopped Salad or as a marinade or sauce for grilled chicken or pork. The best part? It’s incredibly easy to make, requiring only 6 pantry ingredients.
Why Make Salad Dressing at Home?
There are several reasons why you might want to make homemade salad dressing at home.
- Healthier Ingredients: When you make your own dressing, you have control over the ingredients. You can use high-quality oils, fresh herbs, and spices, and avoid preservatives and additives that may be present in store-bought dressings.
- Customizable: Making your own dressing allows you to customize the flavor and consistency. You can easily adjust the sweetness, tanginess, and spiciness to your preference.
- Cost-Effective: Homemade salad dressings can be less expensive than store-bought versions, especially if you use ingredients that you already have on hand.
- Freshness: Homemade salad dressings are always fresh and can be made in small batches, so you can avoid wasting any leftover dressing.
- Sustainability: Making your own salad dressing can be a more sustainable option because you can reduce packaging waste and avoid buying products that require shipping and transportation.
Make sure to browse around our Top 10 Healthy Homemade Salad Dressings for more ideas.
For this simple salad dressing recipe, you’ll just need these five ingredients that you likely have on hand!
Note: Find our full printable recipe with ingredient amounts and directions at the bottom of this post.
How to Make Apple Cider Vinaigrette
Like all of our homemade salad dressings, it’s incredibly easy to make this one.
Just whisk all the ingredients in a bowl or add the ingredients to a jar with a lid, seal, and shake. You can make it ahead and store in the refrigerator for 1 or 2 weeks easily.
While apple juice can add sweetness to a dressing, it lacks the acidity and distinct flavor of apple cider vinegar. Substituting apple juice will result in a sweeter and less tangy dressing, so the end result will lack the full flavor experience of the original.
Apple cider vinaigrette can be a healthy choice when used in moderation. Our recipe includes heart-healthy olive oil, apple cider vinegar–which has many health benefits, pure maple syrup instead of refined sugar, and is low in sodium.
Homemade apple cider vinaigrette can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. It’s a good idea to give it a shake before using, since the oil and vinegar may separate over time.
More Homemade Salad Dressings You’ll Love
- Honey Dijon Dressing
- Southwest Ranch Dressing
- Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
- Honey Balsamic Dressing
- Lemon Honey Vinaigrette
- Citrus Salad Dressing
- Asian Sesame Dressing
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- 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup (sub: honey)
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
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Add all the dressing ingredients to a jar with a lid, seal, and shake. (You can make ahead and store in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.)
Photos and video by Whitney Reist of Sweet Cayenne.