Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

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This maple balsamic vinaigrette dressing is made in 2 minutes with 5 ingredients. It’s the most delicious dressing and it’s so much better than store-bought (with no artificial ingredients). Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined-sugar free & vegan.

maple balsamic vinaigrette dressing in a glass jar


Today I’m sharing how to make this healthy & delicious Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe! This dressing literally takes 3 minutes to make and only contains five ingredients. It’s a healthy and delicious way to make any salad taste amazing.

Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing being poured onto a salad

Why Should you Make Homemade Salad Dressing? 

  • No Chemicals. We eat a lot of salad in this house. As a result, I make this dressing all the time. It adds rich flavor to your salad while skipping all the chemicals & sugars found in many store-bought dressings.
  • Nutritious. This Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette is made using healthy oil, natural sweetener, and high-quality balsamic vinegar. It is completely dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan & paleo.
  • Easy & Convenient. Once you give this a try & see just how easy it is to make your own dressing at home…you will never have to worry about running to the store for the bottled stuff ever again.
a glass jar of Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette: Ingredients & Substituions 

This Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette is my favorite dressing. However, I do have to pause for a moment to implore you to use high-quality ingredients when making this recipe.

ingredients in this balsamic vinaigrette recipe
  • Balsamic Vinegar. There is a difference between excellent balsamic vinegar and your run-of-the-mill varieties. As I’ve discussed before, traditional balsamic vinegar should be so thick that it pours like syrup. It should be dark brown and taste sweet. It should most definitely NOT be thin, watery, or sour-tasting. My absolute favorite balsamic vinegar in the entire world can be found here. If you haven’t tried true, aged, high-quality balsamic vinegar yet, please please give it a whirl. You will NOT be disappointed.
  • Olive oil. The same holds true for high-quality olive oil. One way I enjoy mixing this recipe up is using flavor-infused olive oils instead of plain. They really add an extra special flavor.
  • Mustard. Any variety of mustard works well in this recipe.
  • Maple syrup. Pure maple syrup is my favorite way to sweeten this homemade salad dressing recipe, because it really imparts a beautiful flavor. However honey is also a great choice.

How to Make Balsamic Vinaigrette 

This recipe is really easy to make. Simply put the ingredients in a glass jar, secure the lid and shake it up. Here are the steps, don’t forget to watch the video, too.

two photos showing How to Make Balsamic Vinaigrette

Begin by putting the ingredients into a glass jar with a lid.

In these photos I used a regular glass jar, however I have this Salad Dressing Mixer Jar and I love it! It is almost always sitting in my fridge with some variety of homemade dressing (like this Greek dressing or pomegranate dressing) or another (usually this balsamic vinaigrette).

two photos showing How to Make Balsamic Vinaigrette

One the ingredients are in the jar, secure the lid and shake it up. The ingredients will separate as it sits so you’ll need to shake it up before serving.

Store

Store this balsamic vinaigrette in a glass container in the refrigerator. It keeps for up to a month in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Make sure to remove it from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before serving, then give it a good shake to re-incorporate all the ingredients (which can separate when chilled). 

a glass jar with Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing inside

Serve

There is not resting or waiting time needed between mixing and serving. You can pour this balsamic vinaigrette over your favorite salad right away, or store it to serve later. Here are some of our favorite salads:

Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing being poured over a salad

Recipe FAQs

Is balsamic vinaigrette healthy?

Yes! Balsamic vinaigrette contains very little sugar and fats.

Is there a difference between balsamic vinegar and balsamic vinaigrette?

Yes! Balsamic vinaigrette has more ingredients and is sweeter.

Does balsamic vinegar need to be refrigerated?

Store this balsamic vinaigrette in one of the aforementioned glass containers in the refrigerator. It keeps for up to two weeks in the refrigerator, although it never lasts that long in my house.

Can I double or triple the recipe?

I find that this recipe makes enough for a medium-sized crowd. But if you are serving more people, it is very easy to double or even triple this maple balsamic vinaigrette recipe.

glass jar with Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing inside

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Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

Laura
This maple balsamic vinaigrette dressing is made in 2 minutes with 5 ingredients. It's the most delicious dressing and it's so much better than store-bought (with no artificial ingredients). Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined-sugar free & vegan.
5 from 10 votes
Course condiment, Salad
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 8 servings
Calories 77.4
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes

Ingredients 
 

Instructions 

  • Add ingredients into a glass container or jar (with a lid) in the order listed.
  • Shake jar vigorously until completely combined.
  • Serve on your favorite salad or store in the refrigerator to use later!

Video

Notes

Ingredients Substitutions
  • Balsamic Vinegar. Good balsamic vinegar is thick and it pours like syrup. It should be dark brown and taste sweet. It should not be thin, watery, or sour-tasting. My absolute favorite balsamic vinegar in the entire world can be found here
  • Olive oil. The same holds true for high-quality olive oil. One way I enjoy mixing this recipe up is using flavor-infused olive oils instead of plain. They really add an extra special flavor.
  • Mustard. Any variety of mustard works well in this recipe.
  • Maple syrup. Pure maple syrup is my favorite way to sweeten this homemade salad dressing recipe, because it really imparts a beautiful flavor. However honey is also a great choice.

Store

Store this balsamic vinaigrette in a glass container in the refrigerator. It keeps for up to a month in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Make sure to remove it from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before serving, then give it a good shake to re-incorporate all the ingredients (which can separate when chilled). 
Double/Tripling the Recipe
I find that this recipe makes enough for a medium-sized crowd. But if you are serving more people, it is very easy to double or even triple this maple balsamic vinaigrette recipe.

Nutrition

Serving: 2Tablespoons | Calories: 77.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 51mg | Potassium: 0.1mg | Sugar: 3.3g | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    Delicious- doubled the recipe and served it 3 times. Each time I was asked for the recipe. I do think using a quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar is key to the success. Plus the maple syrup is a great addition. One of my new favorite salad dressings!

  2. I have not yet tried the recipe, but I’ve had some at a tea room. I was trying to click on the kind of balsamic vinegar you love, but it wouldn’t take me to the site. Could you please tell me what balsamic vinegar you us?

    1. Thank you Steph! I’m so glad you love this recipe! To this day, I always have a bottle of it in my fridge!

  3. 5 stars
    I made this yesterday and it was DELICIOUS! Today I reread the recipe and realized I was supposed to use 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, but I used 1/2 cup. Since I LOVE balsamic vinegar it was delicious. Also, the BV I used was high quality maple flavored. I just copied this recipe and taped it inside my kitchen cabinet since I will be using it a lot.

    1. Hey Avianti! I have not tried date sauce…but I have used honey with great results! I’m sure any liquid sweetener would work…however I am a hardcore maple syrup fan and think you will obtain the best results by following the recipe exactly! 🙂

  4. Finally! I’ve been searching for the perfect GF dressing that’s easy to make. Thank you for this

    1. Thank you Cayenne! This is SO easy to make! Just mix & shake! 😉 Often times dinner is ready to go on the table and I realize I’m out of dressing…so I just whip it up in literally 2 minutes! Plus it’s so yummy! I hope you enjoy it on your next salad! 🙂

  5. We eat tons of salads too. I am always looking for different salad dressings. I do one with Balsamic Vinaigrette often but have not added maple syrup. Have to try this.
    Thanks for sharing at Turn it Up Tuesday,
    Bev

  6. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe at the #RecipeSharingParty! I hope to see you next week. Pinned and Yummed. Please visit #OverTheMoon on Sunday or #ThursdayFavoriteThings for more sharing fun! Don’t forget to Comment your link #’s so I can be sure to visit and you get a chance to be featured!

    1. I agree Rebecca! It really tastes good on everything! Have you tried fruity balsamic vinegars in vanilla ice cream….it’s amazing!! 🙂