This Maple Dijon Vinaigrette dressing is the perfect balance of sweet and savory! Not only is is excellent for drizzling over salads but also ideal for dipping crisp veggies in or marinating your favorite protein choice. Made with 6 simple ingredients, grab your trusty mason jar and whip it up in less than five minutes.
WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS RECIPE
- Simple Vinaigrette. If you have made your own dressings, you know the easier the better! This maple vinaigrette uses six simple ingredients, most of which are basic pantry staples, making it extremely easy to prepare in less than five minutes. It will definitely be your new favorite fall salad dressing.
- Customizable. The ingredients in this vinaigrette recipe are easily customized. You can adjust the ratio of maple syrup and dijon to suit your personal tastes, making this dressing uniquely yours. Much better than the traditional store-bought dressings that don't allow you to tailor to your taste buds!
- Versatile. This maple mustard vinaigrette is incredibly versatile. Use it was a salad dressing, marinade or dipping sauce for so many dishes! I love to add it to my fall harvest salad or in my burrata sandwich. I also love adding it to grain bowls, roasted green beans, sweet potatoes, butternut squash and crispy brussels sprouts.
INGREDIENTS AND SUBSTITUTIONS
Pure Maple Syrup. Maple syrup provided a natural sweetness to this homemade dressing and helps balance the tangy dijon mustard.
Dijon Mustard. Dijon mustard brings a bold and tangy flavor to the simple dressing. It adds a sharp contrast to the sweet maple syrup, creating a well-balanced taste.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) adds a rich flavor and silky, smooth texture to the dressing. You can use avocado oil or a nut seed oil in its place. It may, however, change the flavor slightly.
Apple Cider Vinegar. The acidity in apple cider vinegar helps offset the sweetness from the maple syrup. You can also use lemon juice in its place or balsamic vinegar for a bolder flavor. I do not recommend using red wine vinegar, white wine vinegar or distilled vinegar because they will alter the taste too much.
Orange Juice + Orange Zest. Orange juice balances out the sweetness of the maple syrup and brings a bright, citrusy flavor to the vinaigrette. This citrusy note add a refreshing element to the dressing. Use fresh, not frozen or concentrate orange juice.
You can add salt and black pepper for taste.
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS
Step 1. Add all of the ingredients for this maple dijon salad dressing in a mason jar or container with a tight-fitting lid and give it a good shake. You can also add it to a small bowl and whisk vigorously until it is fully combined.
Store this maple mustard dressing in an airtight container or mason jar and place in the refrigerator for up to five days. Always shake or whisk the dressing before using it. Triple the recipe to make a big batch for meal prep and use it all week!
If you notice the vegan dressing solidifies in the refrigerator due to the EVOO, let it sit on the counter for 5-10 minutes then give it a good shake before using.
Yes, add a few tablespoons of Greek yogurt or mayo until you achieve the desired creaminess. Use dairy free versions if you are vegan. Adjust the amount to your taste.
To control the level of sweetness, adjust the amount of maple syrup. Add more for a sweeter vinaigrette or reduce it for a less sweet dressing. Taste and adjust until it suits your preference.
You can substitute it with regular mustard if you are in a pinch. However, keep in mind that the flavor profile will be different so you may need to adjust measurements of other ingredients.
- Adjust to your tastebuds. The great thing about this delicious dressing is that it is highly customizable. If you prefer a tangier dressing, add more dijon mustard. If you prefer a sweeter dressing, add more orange juice and maple syrup.
- Make a big batch! This dressing recipe is easily to triple, allowing you to have enough for the entire week.
MORE SALAD DRESSINGS
Easy Homemade Maple Dijon Vinaigrette Dressing
- 1 small bowl
- 1 whisk or fork
- 3 tbsp dijon mustard
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- ½ tbsp orange juice + ½ tsp orange zest ½ tbsp = approx ¼ orange
- Add all ingredients into a small to medium mixing bowl and whisk until combined, approximately 30 seconds.