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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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

pouring in ingredients for maple dressing |

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

pouring in maple syrup |

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

ready for blending maple dijon vinaigrette |

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

blending maple dijon dressing in blender |

Variations & Substitutions for Vinaigrette


Maple Dijon Vinaigrette |

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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