Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

CATEGORIES: Salad Dressings

Although this Maple Dijon Vinaigrette is fantastic any time of the year, it’s especially wonderful during the fall and winter months with cozy seasonal ingredients like toasted pecans and crisp apples.  Or simply toss with plain greens for a light, flavorful side dish.  It’s sweetened only with pure maple syrup and balanced with tangy apple cider vinegar and dijon mustard.  Simple pantry staples round out the rest of the ingredient list and it can all just be shaken up in a jar. Homemade dressing has never been easier!

Pro Tip:

Whenever I’m using onion or garlic in salad dressings, instead of chopping or mincing, try grating with a fine-hole cheese grater. It creates a pulp of sorts that easily blends into the dressing and carries flavor.

Shaken, Not Stirred

This dressing doesn’t require a blender, it can easily just be shaken up quickly in a mason jar so it takes just minutes to make.  I also sized it for one standard dinner salad.  Double it if you’ve got an extra large salad!

You’ll need: Pure maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard, garlic, onion or shallot, salt and pepper.  Shake the ingredients up well and it will quickly come together in a smooth emulsion.

Try it over spinach with Craisins and toasted pecans for a simple fall salad!

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Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

  • Author: Sara Wells


An easy and flavorful vinaigrette made with pantry ingredients.  Try it over your favorite greens- excellent with apple, bacon, pecan, etc.  I like my dressing a bit on the sweet side, but if you’d like it more tangy- feel free to add more vinegar or dijon to taste!



1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
4 tablespoons canola oil (or sub your fave oil like avocado, olive, etc.)
1/2 tablespoons grated onion
1/2 clove garlic, grated on microplane or fine-hole grater
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1 pinch black pepper


Place all ingredients in a mason jar and shake until well blended.



  1. Really delicious! Tried it tonight on a fall salad of greens, avocado, carrots, raisins and feta. I changed the recipe a bit by adding double the amount of apple cider vinegar and also a small amount of hazelnut oil for extra flavor.

  2. This dressing is so delicious!!!! I put it on a mix of greens topped with chopped rotisserie chicken, toasted pecans, a few raspberries, pomegranate seeds, blue cheese crumbles and some cracked black pepper. It was such an amazing combo of flavors. I know this dressing will be one of my new standards. I love that it comes together with just a couple of shakes. Thank you so much for sharing! You are awesome!💕

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