Guys, you may know that we like our homemade salad dressings around here and while my classic pantry basics vinaigrette is my standby, everyday dressing, this amazingly simple apple cider vinaigrette dressing is my new favorite! I was afraid that the apple cider/juice would make it a bit too sweet, but it’s actually the perfect sweetness – a light sweetness that’s just right on our family’s favorite salad of spinach, cranberries, sweet onion, and feta.
I usually put a bit of honey in our regular vinaigrette to cut the vinegar and add a bit of sweet, but I’m loving how another real-food ingredient like our home-pressed apple cider naturally sweetens this – though of course unsweetened apple juice or cider will work just as good! I adapted this recipe from a small blurb in a Rachel Ray magazine (which didn’t come up in a search when I tried to link to it) and I’m glad to have this in our dressing arsenal now – I hope you like it as much as we do, too.
Apple Cider Vinaigrette Dressing
- 1/4 c. apple cider or juice
- 1 TB. cider vinegar
- 1 TB. Dijon mustard
- 1/4 c. olive oil
- 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper
- In a small bowl or screw-top jar combine the apple cider, vinegar, and mustard. Whisk or shake until smooth.
- Add olive oil, salt and pepper and whisk or shake until combined.
Makes about 2/3 cup.
Serving suggestions: use as a dressing for any green salad plus spinach, cranberry, onion & feta salad; cabbage slaw with onions, chopped apples and walnuts; and even as a marinade for pork chops.