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Friday, April 1, 2022

Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

Homemade salad dressings are a favorite around here and for a good reason. They are easily made from pantry staples, you will love the fresh flavor! Plus who doesn't love to save a little cash at the grocery store? Give this delicious Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette a try, you will be glad you did. 


Making your own salad dressings is not as complicated as I had thought it might have been when I first decided, no more bottled salad dressing for us. And of course, I should have known, but there is always that little bit of doubt when we make any changes. And then later we realize that all the generations before us did not eat complicated food, just healthy food. And that includes salad dressings. 

As a matter of fact, salads were often the mainstay of a meal because of the garden that most households had in the backyard. You will see many different salad recipes and salad dressing recipes in vintage cookbooks. I will admit that some recipes seem unusual to me, but I had (notice I said had) a narrow view of what a salad was, for many years. 

In my mind's eye, a salad was tossed greens with a thick creamy blue cheese dressing that covered the greens thoroughly from the top of the salad to the bottom of the salad plate. Until I finally realized I was just really wanting to eat a bowl of dressing with a few lettuce pieces scattered throughout so I could feel virtuous about my healthy eating! Fortunately, I came to my senses... 


And the game was on! Not only did I come to love all sorts of salads made from many different vegetables, but also homemade salad dressings. Salad dressings that were made from real ingredients right out of my own pantry. With no thickeners, or modified ingredients and no glass bottle that only held about 8oz of dressing for a much larger price tag! A salad dressing that will bring the flavors of all those healthy ingredients in the salad, together. 

Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette is piquant, easy to make, and easily made from pantry staples. And a favorite around here! With only four ingredients (because no one counts salt and pepper in a four-ingredient recipe!) you just can't go wrong! Use your favorite oil, we like avocado oil. And choose the mustard you enjoy, we have made it with both spicy brown and dijon, and trust me, it is still so good. Bring on the tossed greens, please!


Some thoughts on this recipe:

Leftover steamed or roasted vegetables are wonderful drizzled with this dressing and served as a first course. 

We prefer avocado oil as it does not harden like olive oil. But please, use what you love!


Ingredients needed for this recipe:
  • maple syrup
  • balsamic vinegar
  • Dijon mustard, or 
  • spicy brown mustard
  • oil
  • salt
  • pepper
You will also need the following:
  • liquid measuring cup
  • measuring spoons
  • storage/shaker jar


Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette
by the seat of my pants!
makes about 1 cup

1/2 c oil - we use avocado oil
1/4 c pure maple syrup
1/4 c balsamic vinegar
2 t prepared Dijon or spicy brown mustard
salt and pepper to taste


Combine all ingredients in a screw-top jar or salad dressing condiment jar. Screw on the top, and s
hake well.


Drizzle over fresh salad greens as well as fresh and/or lightly steamed vegetables of all kinds! 

Storage options for Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 14 days. Shake well before serving. 


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Printable "copy and paste" version:

Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette
by the seat of my pants!
makes about 1 cup

1/2 c oil - we use avocado oil
1/4 c pure maple syrup
1/4 c balsamic vinegar
2 t prepared Dijon or spicy brown mustard
salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a screw-top jar or salad dressing condiment jar. Screw on the top, and shake well.

Drizzle over fresh salad greens as well as fresh and/or lightly steamed vegetables of all kinds! 

Storage options for Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 14 days. Shake well before serving. 

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  1. this sounds delicious, especially this time of year. Salad dressings really are an easy thing to make, I need to get in the habit of making my own again. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

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  2. Sounds yummy! Thanks so much for linking up at the Unlimited Link Party 74. Pinned.

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  3. Maple anything works for me, I would try this. I put a bit of maple syrup in my cole slaw and it cmes out very well.

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    1. Right, I would marry real maple syrup, if I could! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it!

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  4. I love a good balsamic dressing, store bought leaves much to be desired. Yours looks delicious!

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  5. Sounds great!! Thanks for sharing at My Big Fat Menopausal Life's Share the Wealth Party. Have a wonderful week!

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  6. I usually make honey/oil/balsamic dressing. I am trying it with maple syrup next time :)

    Thanks for sharing at the Friday with Friends link party.

    Rachelle

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    1. Rachelle, maple is a favorite around here! And it works perfectly in this vinaigrette. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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  7. I love making my own vinaigrettes - there are so many possible flavour combinations as you say, Melynda. I like the idea of using maple syrup - I often use honey but maple syrup would add a whole other flavour dimension.I agree with you about an over-dressed salad - it's important the dressing is just a highlight, not the main event. Thank you for sharing and for being a part of the Hearth and Spul Link Party!

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