Although apples are in season late summer and into fall, it doesn’t mean we have to enjoy an apple cider vinaigrette salad dressing then.
Whip out your apple cider and a few of your pantry favorites to make a homemade, light & fruity salad dressing – anytime of the year.
This recipe will bring a slightly sweet and tangy flavor to your favorite greens and salad. And a drizzle will go a long way with flavoring up your vegetable-based dishes!
Why You’ll Love This
- Takes SECONDS to make! It’s the perfect last-minute salad dressing, made with just 6 ingredients you probably already have in your home.
- This apple cider vinaigrette is light, refreshing, vibrant, and creamy.
- It’s naturally gluten-free, vegetarian, and low-calorie (100 calories per serving)
If you’re into all things saucy and creamy, check out our homemade spaghetti sauce, cashew cream, and plant-based applesauce.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Garlic: A little goes a long way and we’ll only need one clove.
- Olive Oil: Things bring the perfect amount of healthy fats to our vinaigrette.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: Lightly fruity with some acidic, this is a great addition to our dressing.
- Honey: The salad dressing can be a bit overwhelming, so we use honey to sweeten it up.
- Dijon Mustard: Will help hold the ingredients together and make this dressing “creamy.”
- Salt & Pepper: Just a touch to bring out the flavor. Add as little or as much as you want.
What To Eat With Apple Cider Vinaigrette
Of course, salads are one of the more common ways to enjoy homemade vinaigrette! A light green salad is one of my favorite ways to use this salad dressing.
You can also go with a vegetable-based salad like a cucumber tomato salad.
Apple cider vinaigrette can also be used as a veggie dip, sandwich spread, pour over roasted vegetables, or as a marinade.
What Is Apple Cider Vinaigrette
Apple cider vinaigrette is made from the fermented juice of apples. It’s made by first crushing the apples, taking that juice, then adding bacteria and yeast to begin the alcohol fermentation process.
Difference Between Unfiltered vs Filtered Apple Cider Vinegar
Unfiltered apple cider vinegar is known for its various health benefits, provided by the bacteria cultures, or “Mother” that’s in it. If you don’t care for the health benefits associated with unfiltered apple cider vinegar, then go with the filtered if you like.
How To Store
Pour into an empty glass mason jar, or in an air-tight container. Store the apple cider vinaigrette in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
- To go vegan for this recipe, switch out the honey for maple syrup instead.
- Alternatively, you can omit the sweetness from the vinaigrette by leaving out the honey/maple syrup.
- Only a single garlic clove was used in this recipe. However, if you’re really into garlic, or you’re making a dish where you want the garlic flavor to be enhanced, feel free to add more garlic cloves.
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Creamy Apple Cider Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
- 1 garlic clove crushed or minced
- 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Transfer the garlic cloves, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, Dijon mustard, salt & pepper into a blender, or use an immersion blender. Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Pour the dressing into a mason jar and seal with a lid. Store in the refrigerator.
- The dressing may solidify in the refrigerator, as it cools. This is normal! Allow the dressing to sit out for about 15 minutes. Then give it a shake, whisk, or blend until the ingredients are well-combined.
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