Apple Cider Vinaigrette


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Apple cider vinegar gives Apple Cider Vinaigrette a natural sweet-tart flavor that makes it a simple dressing for all of your favorite fall and winter cider vinaigrette in a glass jar

This vinaigrette is one of those super versatile items to have ready in the fridge. Like a classic balsamic vinaigrette, it is simple to make, includes pantry staples, and has so many uses. Apple Cider Vinaigrette is  great served over a fall salad with Apples, Brie, and Pecans as it is tossed simply with baby arugula or mixed greens. My kids will dip vegetables in it, and I’ve used it to marinate chicken and pork chops or drizzle over roasted vegetables. 

The ingredients list is short and sweet. Here’s all you need!


  • Shallot – Shallot adds a savory flavor to the vinaigrette, but you just need a little. Because the shallot will add texture to the vinaigrette, be sure to mince it very fine or just blend the entire vinaigrette to get it super smooth and creamy. 
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – This is the key flavor. Any variety of apple cider vinegar will work well here. 
  • Dijon Mustard – Tart mustard balances the sweetness.
  • Honey – I like the flavor of honey, but it’s also great with maple syrup.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – If you don’t want the subtle olive flavor that comes from olive oil here, you can use any other neutral oil. Grapeseed oil or avocado oil are great all-purpose oils with mild flavors.
  • Salt and Pepper – Add a pinch of salt and pepper at the end – it will really make the flavor pop!

pouring vinaigrette in a glass jar

How to Make Vinaigrette

Once you get the hang of making homemade vinaigrette, it’s hard to go back to the store-bought variety. Not only is it super affordable, but you have total control over the flavor – make it more sweet, more tart, or more creamy. Most vinaigrette starts with a ratio of 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar and then customize with aromatics, dried spices and herbs, sweetener (like honey or maple syrup), or mustard.

Once you have your ingredients picked out, make the vinaigrette using one of these methods to combine them:

  1. In a bowl with a whisk / fork
  2. In a Mason jar (just add a lid and shake it well)
  3. With a blender or immersion blender (for a super smooth vinaigrette)

I have a blog post on How to Make Vinaigrette if you’re interested in more tips, tricks, and variations.

a spoonful of apple cider vinaigrette

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Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Apple Cider Vinaigrette - tart, sweet, and ready to add to all of your fun, fall salads!
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 6


  • Small Bowl or Jar


  • 1 tsp minced shallot
  • 3 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 2 tsp Honey
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or use your favorite oil)
  • Pinch of Salt and Pepper


  • Combine shallot, vinegar, mustard, and honey in a small bowl. Add olive oil while whisking until the vinaigrette is smooth. (Note: Alternatively, for a very smooth vinaigrette, you can combine all vinaigrette ingredients and blend them in a standing blender or with an immersion blender. This is my preferred method.)
  • Season vinaigrette with a pinch of salt and black pepper.
  • Store vinaigrette in the refrigerator for up to one week.


Calories: 90kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 29mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $2.50
Calories: 90
Keyword: apple cider vinegar recipe, fall salad dressing
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Jess is the recipe creator and photographer at She spent nearly a decade as the Chief Recipe Developer for the award-winning meal planning app Cook Smarts. Her colorful, healthyish recipes have been featured in popular online publications including Parade, Hallmark, and HuffPost.

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