This maple balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing is sweet, tangy, and tastes amazing on your favorite salad ingredients.
Trust me when I say, this homemade dressing is a game-changer. It’s that perfect balance of zesty and sweet using simple ingredients like balsamic vinegar, natural maple syrup, and a hint of Dijon mustard that’ll make your taste buds do a happy dance.
Restaurant Quality Salad Dressing
There is a fancy restaurant in a nearby town and they serve many banquets. When they serve their signature salads to the crowd, this maple vinaigrette salad dressing is the house dressing used. Everyone looks forward to the start of their meal with the salad and warm dinner rolls.
And the best part? It’s incredibly simple to whip up, requiring just a handful of pantry staples and a few minutes of your time. Why have store-bought dressings cluttering up your refrigerator when you can make your own in a few minutes.
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Add Maple Syrup Made from Nature to Your Salad Dressings
Maple syrup is naturally sweet. Making your own salad dressing just takes minutes and you can change the flavor, so it is just the way you like it.
This vinaigrette can be drizzled on roasted vegetables and steak too.
Homemade vinaigrette dressings are easy to make, and the ingredients can be adjusted to your liking too. It takes just a few pantry ingredients for this quick recipe. With just six ingredients combined to drizzle over your favorite salad ingredients:
- Olive Oil: Provides the base and richness to the dressing, adding a smooth texture. I prefer using extra virgin olive oil for this recipe.
- Balsamic Vinegar: Adds a tangy and slightly sweet flavor profile, balancing out the richness of the oil. Variations. This recipe works if you use tangy apple cider vinegar, or white wine vinegar for different flavors.
- Maple Syrup: Infuses a delightful sweetness and depth of flavor, enhancing the overall taste of the dressing. Especially delicious addition to your favorite fall salads. I prefer using real maple syrup, not pancake syrup.
- Whole Grain Dijon Mustard: Offers a hint of pungency and a subtle spice, while also acting as an emulsifier to help bind the ingredients together.
- Salt: Enhances the flavors of the other ingredients and helps to balance the sweetness of the maple syrup.
- Black Pepper: Adds a touch of warmth and a hint of spice, rounding out the flavor profile of the dressing.
To make maple vinaigrette recipe, in a small bowl, whisk together all the ingredients until the dressing is well blended. Alternatively, you can add everything to a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake to blend. That’s it, this simple recipe is ready for you to drizzle over your favorite salads.
Maple Syrup the Natural Sweetener
Pure maple syrup is a favorite natural sweetener. Pancake syrup is different than pure maple syrup. This is one recipe where I would not skimp and use a maple syrup know off.
Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
- 1/2 cup Olive Oil
- 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
- 2 tbsp Maple Syrup
- 1 1/2 tsp Whole Grain Dijon Mustard
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
- Make the dressing by combining the Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, maple syrup, whole grain Dijon Mustard, salt, and pepper. Whisk to combine.1/2 cup Olive Oil, 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar, 2 tbsp Maple Syrup, 1 1/2 tsp Whole Grain Dijon Mustard, 1 tsp Salt, 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
- Another option is to add the ingredients to a mason jar, cover and shake vigorously to combine.
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Drizzle This Salad Dressing Over Various Salads
This is perfect for mixing with baby greens and just as delicious serving over a hearty iceberg lettuce salad.
Whether a simple green salad or a few additional ingredients such as brussels sprouts, nuts, cheese, and dried fruit, fresh fruit like an apple salad, this is one of our go-to salad dressings. It really adds a lovely flavor and we always get rave reviews when we serve this for company.
How Long Will a Vinaigrette Salad Dressing Last?
Keep the maple vinaigrette in a mason jar or other airtight container in the fridge. It will keep for up to 2 weeks. Before each use, bring to room temperature a few minutes and just give it a good shake since the oil and vinegar will likely separate.
Maple Mustard Vinaigrette Salad Dressing Marinade
There are other great ways to use this classic vinaigrette. It just adds the best flavor.
I have used this maple mustard vinaigrette salad dressing as a delicious marinade for chicken, pork, steaks, and vegetables. Just marinade a few hours before cooking. This dressing can also be drizzled over the meat or vegetables for a restaurant finish. It is delicious to sop up and enjoy with your meal. So yummy.
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You can find Victoria crocheting, quilting, and creating recipes. She has cooked in restaurants for over 20 years, including many larger parties. She learned to crochet when she was just 11 years old and has been crocheting ever since; over 50 years now. Over 40 years ago, she loved her first class in sewing and continues to hone her skills in quilting. Many have enjoyed the handmade gifts over the years. In her professional career, she has worked in management in a wide variety of businesses including higher education as a dean of a division. All the while attending college part-time to achieve her doctorate in higher education with an emphasis in e-learning.