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This maple vinaigrette recipe is quick to whip up and bursting with tangy flavor! All you need are 5 ingredients and 5 minutes.

Maple Vinaigrette

Need a quick and versatile salad dressing? Look no further than this Maple Vinaigrette! The zingy, sweet tart flavor is ideal for drizzling over salads of all kinds. Even better, it takes just 5 minutes and 5 ingredients to whip up! We love the interplay between sweet maple syrup and tangy apple cider vinegar. Here’s how to whip up this quick salad dressing and a few great ways to serve it. This one is a favorite in our house!

Ingredients in maple vinaigrette

Why buy store-bought dressings when homemade are this simple and delicious? This maple vinaigrette comes together in just 5 minutes and works for drizzling on salads of all kinds. Because of the maple syrup and apple cider vinegar, it goes particularly well with fall salads like Apple Salad or Pomegranate Salad. But it works any time of the year! Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Maple syrup
  • Apple cider vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
  • Dijon mustard
  • Kosher salt
  • Olive oil

Variation: you can also try it with honey! Go to Honey Vinaigrette.

Apple Salad

Tips for whisking a vinaigrette

This maple vinaigrette recipe is a spin on our classic Easy Vinaigrette, which is a similar formula and concept. Vinaigrette dressings are emulsions, which is when oil and vinegar combine into a thick substance instead of staying separated. Here are a few tips for making a vinaigrette:

  • Use a medium bowl for whisking. This allows enough room for the whisk to agitate the liquids so they combine.
  • Gradually whisk in the olive oil. Whisk all ingredients except the oil, then whisk it in 1 tablespoon at a time. Gradually the dressing will get thicker and thicker until an emulsion forms.
  • This maple vinaigrette will eventually separate. As it sits, this dressing does tend to separate. Simply shake it in a jar or whisk it again prior to serving.
Maple vinaigrette

Storage info

This maple vinaigrette dressing stores up to 2 weeks refrigerated. It can technically be stored at room temperature, but we like to keep it cold because of the Dijon mustard. The dressing solidifies in the refrigerator, which is expected. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Ways to serve maple vinagirette

This maple vinaigrette recipe is great with fall salads, but it works in any season and with many other types of salads as well. Here are a few ideas for how to serve maple vinaigrette:

This maple vinaigrette recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Maple vinaigrette

Maple Vinaigrette

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: About ½ cup 1x


This maple vinaigrette recipe is quick to whip up and bursting with tangy flavor! All you need are 5 ingredients and 5 minutes.


  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider or white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • Fresh ground black pepper (optional)


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk the maple syrup, vinegar, Dijon mustard, and salt.
  2. Whisk in the olive oil 1 tablespoon at a time until a creamy dressing forms. Add a few grinds of fresh ground black pepper. Serve immediately or refrigerate up to 2 weeks (it solidifies when cold, so bring to room temperature prior to serving).
  • Category: Salad dressing
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Maple vinaigrette

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

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  1. Really great dressing for fall salad. I used spinach, romaine, walnuts, apples, baked sweet potato and cranberry salad. great all together.