The best apple cider vinegar salad dressing! This is a fast and easy homemade vinaigrette with rosemary, shallot and olive oil. This recipe was originally published on September 3, 2013 and updated on October 16, 2021.
The key to making a good salad at home is all in the dressing. I’ve shared quite a few homemade salad dressings over the years and this apple cider vinaigrette has become a staple. I thought it was due for an update with new photos like I did with my white balsamic vinaigrette.
What ingredients are in this recipe?
There are a few important ingredients that make this vinaigrette extra special. The first is obviously apple cider vinegar. You can use your favourite brand, or whatever you have on hand.
The second are minced shallots–I love to let the shallots pickle a little bit in the vinegar, so that’s always the first thing I do. I’ll let the shallot sit in the vinegar while I prep the other ingredients.
Finally fresh rosemary is my go-to herb in dressings right now. I always have some on hand; either in the garden during the summer or in my kitchen in the winter. Having fresh herbs to use in dishes is one of the secrets to making your dishes pop.
The rest of the ingredients here are your usual dressing ingredients; Dijon mustard helps to emulsify, good quality extra virgin olive oil and a little maple syrup for sweetness (you could also use honey).
This will absolutely become one of your go-to dressings no matter what kind of salad you’re making.
What’s the best way to make homemade salad dressing?
Honestly my favourite way is to toss all of the ingredients into a mason jar and shake it up. It’s super easy and you’ll end up with a perfect dressing every time. Plus you can store the dressing in the mason jar in the fridge.
This dressing will last about a week in the fridge, make sure that you shake it up before serving. I also find that sometimes the oil may congeal a bit in the fridge, so you may need to leave it out at room temperature for a few minutes before serving.
What salad does this vinaigrette work for?
This salad dressing recipe works well with all kinds of salads but my go-to salad for this is a fall salad with arugula, apples and walnuts. I’ll also add some kind of cheese, either a blue cheese or shards of parmesan cheese. I’d also use this on an autumn chopped salad.