Make the most of in-season produce to make this slightly sweet apple cider vinaigrette made with apple cider vinegar and cinnamon.
It’s September, which means two things – school is back in session and apples are back in season. Which do you prefer? I think I prefer the apples.
I’ve become obsessed with homemade salad dressings over recent years. This Apple Cider Vinaigrette will be the ninth salad dressing I’ve posted – can you believe it, I have so many healthy salad dressings on here to choose from. Do you like salad dressings too? I hope so.
I find that September is a bit of a weird month when it comes to food. We’re not quite ready for the comfort food of winter, but we’re craving more than light salads and have definitely hit our burger quota for the year. I find that if I can add a little bit of autumn to my salad, then it’s the perfect meal for the warm afternoons of September. This can be done in a couple of ways, either my adding in-season fall ingredients like apples and pears or through a fall-inspired dressing like this apple cider vinaigrette.
This salad dressing is a great way to use up the remaining apple cider vinegar (it was perfect for barbecue sauces back in July). The secret ingredient I added to this homemade dressing to give it a touch of fall flavour is from the addition of cinnamon.
Cinnamon is a warm spice that adds a delicious and unexpected sweetness to this dressing. When I’m not in the mood for a salad (I like to make one with sliced apples and toasted walnuts), I actually love to dip apple slices in this vinaigrette. Instead of the typical honey sweetener as I do in my balsamic vinaigrette and white balsamic vinaigrette, I’ve opted to use maple syrup to sweeten this dressing as I found that it goes with the cinnamon and apple flavours of this dressing.
Another favourite ingredient to add to this salad is a touch of blue cheese, which pairs so wonderfully with apple, walnuts and the cinnamon of this vinaigrette. I like to make a big batch of this dressing and keep it in the fridge to enjoy all week. This fall salad dressing is the perfect way to transition from summer eats to fall eats without wasting leftover ingredients from summer favourites.
Enjoy this apple cider vinaigrette and let me know if you give it a try in the comments below.