Making homemade maple dijon vinaigrette is super easy and takes only a couple of minutes to prepare!
The flavor combinations in this homemade maple dijon vinaigrette are satisfying and compliment each other very well. A flavorful dressing is what makes a salad go from ordinary to unbelievable. When you use this recipe for your salad, you will not be disappointed!
This vinaigrette recipe is versatile whether it is used on a plate of leafy greens, in a homemade sandwich or added to a bowl of pasta salad. Homemade maple dijon vinaigrette is commonly used in the fall months as there is something appealing about it that makes it extra fun and tasty to use.
If you haven’t started making your own dressings yet then this is the perfect opportunity to begin! Up your salad game with this amazing vinaigrette dressing this summer and fall that uses basic pantry staples that you likely have on hand. If not, add the needed items to your grocery list.Jump to Recipe
Why should you make homemade maple dijon vinaigrette?(also similarly known as maple dijon salad dressing)
1. it is easy
2. requires few simple ingredeints
3. it is healthy- don’t eat all the chemicals and stuff in store bought dressings!
This easy recipe uses all simple ingredients and is much healthier then store-bought dressings and offers the perfect balance of flavor combinations between the tangy apple cider vinegar and the real maple syrup.
I recently have started making a list I keep in my recipe binder of my favorite salad dressings and the recipe for it.
Encouragement and tips for getting around to making homemade salad dressings– If making your own salad dressings seems overwhelming and complicated then try setting aside a day each month to work on making dressings to stock your fridge with. There many simple dressings recipes that you can use. Save money on grocery store dressings and start making your own! The total time it took me to mix up this dressing was less then 2-3 minutes (depending on the number of baby interruptions!)
How to use homemade maple dijon vinaigrette
This easy dressing is one of my new favorites for my evening salad of the day. Some people like to use a dressing like this as a marinade over meats or vegetables to cook on the grill. Here are some other popular uses:
- on a sandwhich
- pasta salad
- butternut squash or sweet potatoes
- kale salad
- apple and sweet potato salad
- dipping sauce for homemade fries
- topped on roasted cabbage wedges or brussels sprouts before baking
- grain bowls (quinoa salad, for example)
- various other salads
Here are some delicious recipes that use a homemade dressing of this flavor:
Another delicious serving idea is to use this over some tomato wedges with red onion. So good!
Ingrdients for homemade maple dijon vinaigrette
- pure maple syrup- I use maple syrup sourced from a local farmer
- apple cider vinegar -use organic if possible. There are many health benefits to consuming organic apple cider vinegar; this is a great way to sneak some in:)
- dijon mustard
- olive oil- I use extra-virgin olive oil and organic if possible
- sea salt
- garlic- you can use fresh mined/pressed but dried also works fine!
- optional parsley – I used dried in this recipe
- optional dash of black pepper
If you’d like a more potent dressing make sure to use raw garlic and you can add an additional tablespoon of dijon mustard. (See the full recipe below.)
If you’re not a fan of maple flavor you could try replacing it with agave syrup or honey.
How to make homemade maple dijon vinaigrette
There are two methods for making this recipe:
1- a blender– (This will result in a creamier dressing texture and the dressing will not separate. It also becomes lighter in color due to the blending process). I recommend the blender method:)
2- no blender– (Some days I just don’t want to pull out the blender or maybe the baby is napping. This method is super easy, less dishes to wash and is just as delicious for something quick).
Blender option-add all the ingredients to a blender and blend for 10 -15 seconds. Do not overland or it will get too “whipped”. Pour into storage jar.
No blender option -add all the ingredients directly to a glass storage jar or other container of choice. Put a lid on and shake for 10 seconds.
Enjoy right away or refrigerate until ready to use. This will last in the fridge up to 4 weeks.
I personally prefer to make my dressing ahead of time and give it atleat 2 hours in the fridge before enjoying on my salad. Allowing the ingredients to incorporate and marinade together, gives it a better taste. If you are using fresh garlic rather than dried, the marinating process helps that garlic to infuse into the dressing making it even more flavorful.
How to store homemade maple dijon vinaigrette
Store in a salad dressing jar, an airtight container or other storage container of choice. A regular mason jar/glass jar works well also and you can use a spoon then to serve it over your bowl of salad greens. Make sure to store with a tight-fitting lid. You don’t want any unnecessary accidents!
Give it a good shake before pouring.
Enjoy this dressing on your favorite salads this summer! You will be pleasantly surprised at how easy this simple vinaigrette dressing is to make.
Equipment you may need:
Glass jar or salad dressing bottle
Liquid measuring cup
optional garlic press
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Homemade Maple Dijon Vinaigrette
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 2 T dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 t garlic, dried or one clove fresh
- 1/2 t salt
- 1/2 t optional parsley
- optional dash pepper
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend for 10-15 seconds and pour into a storage bottle or alternatively add ingredients directly into the storage bottle and shake well.
- Refrigerate and enjoy!