Cider season is upon us and there is nothing quite like fresh-pressed apples. I live in an area with a lot of farms and orchards and this time of year it’s not uncommon to see coolers full of fresh cider next to a donation bucket to drop your payment. If that’s not the case where you live, you can easily grab some at the store! During the fall months, it’s usually found in the produce section of the grocery store near the apples. This sweet and tangy dressing only requires 3 main ingredients. I keep the ingredient list minimized to really let the flavors of both the honey and the cider, shine. This Honey Cider vinaigrette is amazing paired with things like spinach and crispy apples or sweet pears. It’s phenomenal on this Autumn Harvest Salad!
- Apple Cider – make sure to purchase apple cider, and not apple juice. Fresh pressed cider is generally sold in the produce section during the fall months and it will look thick and murky as opposed to golden and clear.
- Apple Cider Vinegar – use a high quality apple cider vinegar. I only use Bragg’s brand, especially in recipes like this and that’s what I recommend.
- Honey – any standard honey is great. If you don’t have honey, you could also use sugar.
- Salt and Pepper – use kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper for best results.
- Olive Oil – I like the flavor of olive oil, but if you want something more neutral, feel free to use your favorite neutral oil, like canola.
This is an incredibly easy process. I like to use a blender because it results in a creamy, well-emulsified dressing, but if you’re going to be serving it right away, you could also shake all of this together in a mason jar as well.
- Place apple cider, honey, vinegar, salt and pepper in a blender and blend until honey is incorporated into mixture (you may need to scrape the bottom of the blender.)
- With lid on and blender speed running on low, slowly drizzle in the oil in a small steady stream until fully incorporated. If desired, add additional salt and pepper to taste.
This dressing pairs so well with autumn salads in particular. Think apple slices, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, tangy feta, roasted butternut squash, toasted nuts,etc. This Autumn Harvest Salad is a great example:
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A sweet and tangy dressing perfect for hearty salads with apples, pears, berries, spinach, nuts, and more.
1/3 cup Apple Cider (not apple juice)
1/3 cup honey
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (or a vegetable oil, like canola)
Place apple cider, honey, vinegar, salt and pepper in a blender and blend until honey is incorporated into mixture (you may need to scrape the bottom of the blender.)
With lid on and blender speed running on low, slowly drizzle in the oil in a small steady stream until fully incorporated. If desired, add additional salt and pepper to taste. You can also add a little more vinegar if you’d like it tangier…it’s flexible!