It’s usually a good idea to bring some sort of vegetable dish to holiday get togethers or potlucks. I know it’s hard to be the one that brings salad or greens to events we normally indulge in, but you KNOW deep down there are always people that appreciate the balance.
Of course if we bring a salad, it means we should probably bring a killer dressing to go with it. While there are many amazing store bought options out there, making your own dressing is really not as hard as it seems. Plus you can create an endless amount of flavor combinations with things you already have on hand.
One of the reasons this maple balsamic dressing is a good staple is because it contains only 5 ingredients getting a tangy kick from the balsamic vinegar and a light sweet hearty flavor from the maple syrup.
Maple Balsamic Dressing
How can I mix this maple balsamic dressing?
One way is by adding all of your ingredients to a mason jar with a lid and shaking it up really well for about 30 seconds or until everything is incorporated.
The other way is by using one of my favorite kitchen essentials, an immersion blender or stick blender.
I didn’t think I would want or need one of these since I have a high speed blender already, but I can’t tell you how many times this has come in handy for dressings, mayo and even to whip up smoothies and eggs. Highly recommended inexpensive kitchen tool that stores really well!
What kind of maple syrup should I use?
For this recipe it is important that you don’t use pancake syrup as that is not actually syrup! It is a bunch of sugar with maple FLAVOR. Do yourself a favor and get a bottle of Grade A maple syrup to use for this dressing and so many other recipes.
What oil can I use?
Make sure you are using a light tasting oil for this recipe. A strong tasting oil will have the flavor come through too much and ruin the taste of the dressing.
Other Oils that can be used:
- safflower oil
- grapeseed oil
- avocado oil
Why is there mustard in vinaigrette or dressings?
Dijon mustard is important in a lot of dressings or vinaigrette because it helps emulsify or bind everything together so the oil and vinegar don’t separate as easy.
How long will this dressing last?
Since this dressing contains no main perishable ingredients, it can last in your fridge for up to two weeks. Make sure you are tasting it periodically and shaking it up as the oil and vinegar may separate.
Maple Balsamic Dressing
- Add all ingredients to glass jar.
- Shake vigorously for 30 seconds OR blend with immersion blender for 30 seconds.
- Lasts up to 2 weeks in airtight glass container.
Nutrition Information:Serving Size: 2 tbsp
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 89
Valerie Skinner is a Whole30 approved personal chef & recipe developer that bridges the gap between healthy eating and busy lives by providing simple healthy meals and recipes for you and your family.