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Apple Cider Vinaigrette Dressing {& Marinade}

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A simple recipe for Apple Cider Vinaigrette dressing, 5 minutes is all it takes! Made with simple ingredients, yielding extraordinary flavor. With zesty apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, a bright citrus flair with orange juice and lightly sweetened with maple syrup. What I love the most about this dressing is it also doubles as a marinade!

This dressing pairs perfectly with this Harvest Roasted Butternut Squash Salad and would also be delicious on this Sweet Maple Apple Salad or this Wild Rice Harvest Salad

Apple Cider Vinaigrette being poured over harvest fall salad.

Homemade salad dressings are so simple to make, and are far better than anything store bought! This creamy apple cider vinaigrette is non-dairy, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan! 

Apple Cider Vinaigrette Ingredients

Simple, clean, non-dairy ingredients — all of the measurements and details are in the printable recipe card at the end of the post. 

Apple Cider Vinaigrette ingredients L-R orange juice, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, olive oil, Dijon mustard, salt.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar | I wouldn’t be an apple cider vinaigrette without it! I like Bragg’s or Trader Joe’s.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil | Use the good stuff here, you don’t need much and it has a milder flavor.
  • Orange Juice | Fresh squeezed is best here, but I won’t judge.
  • Maple Syrup | just a touch, reduce or omit if you prefer, but it adds the perfect bit of sweetness, naturally.
  • Dijon Mustard | This adds the creaminess to the dressing, be sure to double check that your mustard is gluten-free and vegan, if that matters to you.

HINT | If you plan on using this delicious dressing for a salad and to marinate some chicken, then double the dressing.

How to Make Apple Cider Vinaigrette Dressing

It’s quite complicated, no, not really. This recipe seriously takes 5 minutes!

Pour all ingredients into a mason jar, shake vigorously and pour! 


Keep your zesty apple cider vinaigrette in the fridge, covered in an airtight container, the dressing should easily last a week, but I have honestly had it last up to a month.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Apple Cider Vinegar?

Simply put, apple cider vinegar (commonly referred to as ACV) is a fermentation of apple cider, which is simple juice extracted from apples. 

Since the apple cider goes through a fermentation process, this produces something called the “mother”. A combination of yeast and bacteria formed during fermentation. If you look at an unfiltered apple cider vinegar bottle, you can see strands of the “mother” floating around.

ACV is rich in B-vitamins and polyphenols (plant-based antioxidants).
The probiotics, acetic acid, and the nutrients in ACV are responsible for its health benefits. (Source) debunking the health benefits.

Why are some apple cider vinegars clean and others are cloudy?

Before bottling, some apple cider vinegars are heat treated and filtered.

What is Apple Cider Vinaigrette made of?

Simple, clean, whole food ingredients. Olive oil, apple cider vinegar, orange juice, Dijon mustard and maple syrup are in this recipe. Light, clean and fresh!

Is apple cider vinaigrette good for weight loss? 

Apple cider vinegar has been known to contribute to weight loss, as well as reducing insulin leaves and blood sugar. Apple cider vinegar also promotes fullness, which could in turn be good for weight loss. 

What is the difference between a dressing and a vinaigrette?

By definition a vinaigrette is a combination of an oil and something acidic, while a dressing is more of a generalized term for a sauce that is usually served cold and is used to coat salads, fish or meat dishes. 

Pouring apple cider vinaigrette into a pretty jar.

Apple Cider Marinade 

The way I use this vinaigrette as a marinade most often is with chicken, however the flavors sing on pork, steak and fish too! 

To use apple cider vinaigrette as a marinade, place meat in a baggie or container, pour enough marinade over to coat one side, marinating at least 60 minutes, turning half way through. 

Pouring apple cider vinaigrette over a beautiful salad.

Suggested Uses for Zesty Apple Cider Vinaigrette

  • The obvious choice and the way I use it most often is as a salad dressing.
  • Consider drizzling over grains or on a pasta salad
  • Use it to marinate veggies, chicken, pork, fish or steak. Or drizzle a little over the top just as it’s finishing cooking!


  • Omit or alter the amounts of the maple syrup in this dressing.
  • Chop and add one shallot or clove of garlic to the dressing.
  • Omit the orange juice if desired, or try a smaller amount of lemon or even grapefruit juice.
Apple Cider Vinaigrette salad dressing in a pretty cruet serving jar.

Obviously, you do not need anything fancy for this apple cider salad dressing. But, here are a few fun things!

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  1. This apple cider vinaigrette looks perfect for pairing with a fall salad! I’ve been baking up a storm with reduced apple cider lately, so this vinaigrette recipe will be a wonderful savory compliment to all my sweet. 😉