If you're looking for a simple salad dressing, this maple vinaigrette might be exactly what you need.
Why this salad dressing is perfect
- It's super easy to make, and only requires pantry staples.
- The balance between acidity and sweetness from the vinegar, lemon and maple syrup is just perfect.
- It stores really well in a refrigerator for a long time.
- The dressing is really versatile, and can be used for a variety of dishes.
- Most importantly: it tastes amazing.
Vinaigrette is a sauce made with a mixture of oil, usually olive oil, and something acidic such as lemon juice or vinegar.
Vinaigrettes are typically used as salad dressing, but you can also use them as marinades or cooking sauces for various types of meat.
The recipe is really simple, using only pantry staples that you probably have available anyway.
You can omit the mustard if you have an allergy. If possible, I highly recommend
This recipe only has one step: mix all the ingredients together.
You could add everything to a bowl, and simply stir to combine, but I like to just add everything to a small jar, seal with a lid, and shake.
The ingredients will incorporate beautifully, and the jar is a great place to store any leftover maple syrup dressing.
Use the vinaigrette as a sauce or marinade, or serve it as a salad dressing. Here are some of my favorite recipes to pair it with:
- Olive Salad - Try this Mediterranean style olive salad served with a little maple salad dressing.
- Pear and Walnut Salad - This side salad is really easy to make, and tastes great.
- Kale Sweet Potato Salad - This fall inspired salad goes incredibly well with maple syrup vinaigrette.
- Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs - Marinade chicken thighs in maple vinaigrette before you wrap them in bacon. Yum!
Other vinegars: You can use any kind of vinegar in this recipe. I like white wine vinegar, but you can also try apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar.
Low calories: As this is an oil based dressing, it does contain a fair amount of calories. To reduce the calorie content, you could replace some olive oil with water, but I recommend simply using a smaller amount of vinaigrette in your salads. This can completely change the calorie count per serving.
You can store leftover maple vinaigrette in a sealed container in a refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
The vinaigrette tends to separate in the refrigerator. I like to keep mine in a small jar with a lid, and just give it a good shake to combine the ingredients before use.
Frequently asked questions
Olive oil is usually the best oil for a vinaigrette, however vegetable oil can also be used.
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- This recipe only has one step: mix all the ingredients together. You could add everything to a bowl, and simply stir to combine, but I like to just add everything to a small jar, seal with a lid, and shake.
- Use the dressing immediately, or transfer it to a refrigerator for storage.
- Store leftovers in a refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.