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Maple Vinaigrette Dressing

Maple Vinaigrette Dressing with apple cider vinegar is sweet and smoky adds so much flavor to your favorite mixed green salads. It pairs really well with salads with fruit such as apples and pears or dried fruit and nuts.

overhead shot of maple vinaigrette in a jar with spoon

Vinaigrettes are my absolute favorite way to dress a salad. I believe my love of vinaigrettes come from my parents and grandparents because growing up, there were no bottles of ranch or blue cheese on our dinner table, there was oil and vinegar.

Fast forward a few years to my parents’ second restaurant and that is where I learned how to make a proper vinaigrette (aka house dressing).

Maple Vinaigrette with Apple Cider Vinegar

This Maple Vinaigrette is far from any of the Italian ones I grew up with, however, the method is still the same. Combine your oil and vinegar of choice, season it up and shake shake shake. Instead of honey (which is usually my go-to sweetener of choice when it comes to salad dressing) I like to change things up every now and then and use pure maple syrup for a more bold flavor.

The maple flavor works so well with any kale salad (like this Kale and Chard Power Salad), specifically ones with dried fruit. So good.

Love this Maple Vinaigrette over kale salads with sliced apples and cranberries.

Maple Vinaigrette Dressing

  • Author: Aggie Goodman
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2-3 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad Dressing

Maple Vinaigrette Dressing with apple cider vinegar is sweet and smoky adds so much flavor to your favorite mixed green salads. It pairs really well with salads with fruit such as apples and pears or dried fruit and nuts.


  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil (or any light flavored oil)
  • good pinch coarse salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Prepare your vinaigrette by placing all its ingredients in a small jar or container. Shake well until thoroughly combined. Store in fridge for up to 3 days.

Keywords: maple, apple cider vinegar, dressing, vinaigrette

A few more of the best homemade vinaigrette recipes I love to make:

Simple Grapefruit Vinaigrette

Grapefruit Vinaigrette

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Honey, Lime and Garlic Vinaigrette | @AggiesKitchen

Honey Lime & Garlic Vinaigrette

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Mustard and Herb Vinaigrette - recipe via

Mustard and Herb Vinaigrette

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9 comments on “Maple Vinaigrette Dressing”

  1. Ao the secret is to shake?! Equal parts oil and vinegar?! Good to know. I love making my own salad dressings. In fact, I posted one today. I didn’t know your family owned restaurants. My very good friend and neighbour is Italian and man she can cook. We always cook and exchange food. We also borrowing missing ingredients from each other. Now she is moving and I’m gonna die.:(

  2. We love making our own vinaigrettes! Can’t wait to give this one a try!

  3. This would be so amazing on my favorite summer salad!!

  4. Absolutely love making unique vinaigrettes so this looks like something I’ll def try. Pinned!

  5. We love your blog. Now I am going to switch from just plain vinegar and olive oil, to your delicious maple vinaigrette. Thank you.

  6. Where can i find sweet paprika? Or what can i use as a substitute? I know i have regular paprika lol. Also, is light extra virgin olive oil considered a “light oil” if i dont have grapeseed

    Thank you!

    • I’m pretty sure regular paprika is sweet paprika – I have hot paprika and smoked paprika and my regular paprika sometimes is labeled as sweet, but it’s really not sweet I just think it’s called that to distinguish not being hot or smoked. Hope that makes sense! Use your regular paprika!
      And yes, light extra olive oil is perfect light oil for this!

  7. Is it possible to substitute the apple cider vinegar with lemon juice? Unfortunately, I cannot have vinegar of any kinds and therefore am always in search of a substitute.

    • Yes, I would think that would be just fine. It will change the flavor obviously but I use lemon juice in so many of my vinaigrettes. I have a few recipes for vinaigrettes using lemon and lime – search for Greek House Dressing and Honey Lime Vinaigrette.