Maple Dijon Vinaigrette {Salad Dressing}

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An easy, delicious, creamy (no dairy) salad dressing, this maple Dijon vinaigrette is loaded with bright and lively flavors and it mixes up quickly in your blender! A must try on my Wild Rice Harvest Salad!

Maple Dijon Vinaigrette Salad Dressing | www.thefreshcooky.com

What’s the Difference Between a Vinaigrette and Dressing? 

What’s the difference between vinaigrette and dressing anyway? The Fresh Cooky short version is; a vinaigrette is typically an oil mixed with an acid (vinegar in this case) though more typically citrus. Although it can still be called a dressing, because after all it is “dressing” the salad, I typically think of dressings as creamier; like ranch, blue cheese, french, thousand island. 

Maple Dijon Vinaigrette | www.thefreshcooky.com

This dressing is emulsified which roughly means (and by roughly I mean, very non-scientifically) taking two liquids that don’t typically combine (such as oil and vinegar) and whipping at a fast rate to combine to a creamy or emulsified state. 

pouring vinaigrette into jar | www.thefreshcooky.com

Ways to Emulsify Dressing/Vinaigrette

  1. Place all ingredients in blender, whir until lighter in color and thickened. This is my very favorite blender and perfect for dressings, smoothies, etc.
  2. Place all ingredients in a small mixing bowl and using an immersion blender, blend until smooth, lighter and creamy
  3. Place all ingredients in a Ball jar and with a tight fitting lid and shake, shake, shake until it’s blended and your arm is about to fall off. You will have small chunks of shallots with this method, but who cares! 
  4. Place all ingredients except oil in a small mixing bowl, slowly begin pouring in oil while whisking vigorously until thickened and lighter in color. 

For this recipe, I used the first method, using my Ninja, which I love and use all the time!

Making Maple Dijon Vinaigrette 

Pour in veggie oil; I like using either grapeseed oil or avocado oil, both delicious and high in omega’s and nutrients. 

ingredients for maple dijon dressing | www.thefreshcooky.com

Add Dijon mustard, red wine vinegar, shallots and curry powder

pouring in ingredients for maple dressing | www.thefreshcooky.com

Pour in pure maple syrup (the real deal, no HFCS here!) sea salt and pepper. 

pouring in maple syrup | www.thefreshcooky.com

Blend (using desired method from above) until thick, light in color and well blended. 

ready for blending maple dijon vinaigrette | www.thefreshcooky.com

Store in fridge until ready to use and refrigerate any leftovers, should last several weeks in fridge. 

blending maple dijon dressing in blender | www.thefreshcooky.com

Variations & Substitutions for Vinaigrette

  • Use olive oil in place of vegetable oil
  • Omit Dijon mustard and add 1 teaspoon ground mustard instead or omit altogether
  • Try honey in place of pure maple syrup
  • Replace red wine vinegar with any vinegar; try white wine vinegar, white or dark balsamic, apple cider vinegar, even rice wine vinegar.
  • Replace curry powder with garlic powder, basil or Italian seasonings.


Maple Dijon Vinaigrette | www.thefreshcooky.com

Try these other delicious salads and dressings | Sweet Maple Apple Salad | Sherried Chicken Salad | Blackberry Chicken Salad and don’t forget to try it on Wild Rice Harvest Salad!

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