Maple Dijon Dressing is a flavorful combination of sweet and savory flavors that will effortlessly elevate all garden salads. This quick and easy salad dressing is made with pantry staples, minimal kitchen tools, and comes together in 5 minutes or less!
Homemade salad dressings and vinaigrettes are easy to make, budget-friendly, and they won't clutter up your refrigerator with yet ANOTHER bottle or jar.
Maple Dijon Dressing is an all-purpose dressing that you can use on any leafy green salad. I especially love it on my Butternut and Beetroot Salad and as an alternative option for my chopped Marinated Vegetable Salad!
The sweet flavor of maple syrup combines perfectly with zesty Dijon mustard, making this salad dressing a truly irresistible choice! The fact that it can be whipped up in under 5 minutes makes this recipe a no-brainer!
I recently made Maple Glazed Dutch Oven Ham served with dinner salads drizzled with Maple Dijon Dressing. The pairing couldn't have been better!
Why you'll love this recipe
- Homemade salad dressings have superior flavor compared to store-bought dressings. The ingredients are fresher, you can avoid preservatives, and you can customize the recipe to fit your taste.
- Making your own salad dressing is usually a healthier option! You can avoid excessive amounts of salt, sugar, and unhealthy fats.
- If you're anything like me, you buy a bottle of salad dressing and only get through about half of it before it expires and needs to go in the garbage. When you make your own salad dressing, you can make a much smaller quantity and use ingredients you already have in your kitchen!
- I think Maple and Dijon Mustard Dressing screams FALL! However, the flavors are so light and fresh, it can easily be made year-round.
Maple syrup: I'll always recommend buying pure maple syrup. If you're lucky to live in an area that produces maple syrup then you absolutely need to buy local. If not, then look for Vermont maple syrup at your local grocery store.
Dijon mustard: I used smooth, tangy Dijon mustard, not grainy or sweet Dijon.
Apple cider vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is not the same as apple cider. Apple cider is more like apple juice. Apple cider vinegar is a vinegar made from fermented apple juice and is more similar to white vinegar.
Additional ingredients: You'll also need extra virgin olive oil, freshly squeezed lemon juice, kosher salt, ground black pepper, and garlic powder.
All of my salad dressing recipes are very low maintenance, meaning I don't require you to use a blender or a food processor. All you need to make this recipe is a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk, measuring cups, and measuring spoons.
How to make Maple Dijon Dressing
- Add all of the ingredients to a bowl.
- Mix to combine.
Step 1: Add all of the ingredients to a medium-sized mixing bowl.
Step 2: Use a whisk or a fork to rapidly mix the dressing together. Continue mixing until the olive oil has emulsified into the other liquid ingredients. The dressing will have a slightly creamy consistency when it's fully mixed.
That's it! This is a 2-step recipe that seriously couldn't get any easier! You can serve immediately or transfer it to a glass jar and use it throughout the week.
- Another way to mix up this dressing is to add all of the ingredients to a glass mason jar, tightly screw on the mason jar lid, and give it a good shake!
- As the dressing sits, it may start to separate. This is easily fixed by mixing it together again with a whisk or a fork.
- In order to make an oil-based dressing look and feel creamy, you need to properly emulsify the dressing. This means you need to vigorously mix or shake the dressing until the ingredients are fully combined.
- I recommend using high quality ingredients like pure maple syrup and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar and California Olive Ranch olive oil are my favorites.
Substitutions and variations
Maple syrup: Honey is the best substitute for maple syrup. Just like I recommend with maple syrup, I recommend finding a good, pure, local if possible, honey.
Apple cider vinegar: White vinegar, red wine vinegar, or white wine vinegar are substitutes for apple cider vinegar.
This is a special-diet friendly salad dressing recipe! It's gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and vegan as it's written!
How to store
Store leftover Maple Dijon Vinaigrette in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid in the refrigerator. It will stay fresh for up to 1 week.
What to serve with
You can serve salad dressings with SO MUCH more than just salads! Here are a few of my creative ways to use this dressing:
- Green salads: Drizzle some Dijon Maple Dressing on classic mixed greens salad, spinach salad, arugula salad, and any Fall Harvest style salad. My favorite salad recipes are my Butternut and Beetroot Salad, Marinated Vegetable Salad, Caesar Salad with Cornbread Croutons, and Asparagus Arugula Salad.
- Grilled chicken: Use this vinaigrette recipe as a marinade for grilled chicken.
- Roasted vegetables: Drizzle some maple dressing over roasted root vegetables. The hint of sweetness in the dressing perfectly balances out the rich and savory flavors in roasted veggies. Try it over my Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts and Roasted Green Beans and Carrots.
- Grain bowls: Hearty grain bowls that have a base of quinoa, rice, farro, or bulgar always need a sauce to pull the bowl together.
- Grain, bean, and legume salads: Salads that have a base of couscous, lentils, quinoa, white beans, and garbanzo beans need a burst of flavor from a sweet and tangy dressing.
Frequently asked questions
How to make Maple Dijon Dressing is described in detail in the blog post above. This is a quick and easy recipe that only has two simple steps!
Yes, honey is a very common substitute for maple syrup.
Any tangy mustard will work as a substitute for Dijon mustard. This includes stone-ground mustard, yellow mustard, and spicy brown mustard.
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