Apple Cider Vinaigrette


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Apple cider vinaigrette is light, tangy, and extremely versatile – it’s delicious on virtually any salad. Simply whisk together a few ingredients and drizzle it over a bed of greens.

Need some salad ideas to pair with it? Try my Kale Salad with Apple and Chicken, Roasted Butternut Squash Salad, and Roasted Beet and Kale Salad.

Apple cider vinaigrette in a small glass jar in front of a salad.

What Is Apple Cider Vinegar?

You’ve probably seen apple cider vinegar being used in cooking or for home remedies. But what is it made of exactly? It’s an acidic liquid that’s produced from fermented apple cider. Lucky for us, fermentation produces a healthy dose of good bacteria and probiotics. On the other hand, it gives a fruity and zesty flavor that makes it great for soups, sauces, and various beverages.

How To Make Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing

This vinaigrette couldn’t be any easier to make! Just mix together these few ingredients and you’ll have this dressing made in minutes. Here’s what you need:

  • Olive oil – I like to use extra virgin olive oil for that crisp, clean flavor.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – Use organic apple cider vinegar with the “Mother.” This is sold in most supermarkets, but you can also buy it on Amazon.
  • Honey – Any type of honey will work, just make sure it’s in liquid form so that it mixes well with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Dijon Mustard – Dijon mustard (rather than yellow mustard) has a bolder, more distinctive flavor profile.
  • Garlic – One minced garlic clove is all you need.
  • Salt & Pepper – Sprinkle a little of each to taste.

Apple cider vinaigrette in a small glass jar in front of a salad.

How To Store Apple Cider Vinaigrette

This apple cider vinaigrette can last up to 7 days if stored properly in the fridge. Just make sure to seal it in an airtight jar. And when you want to use it, give it a shake to blend the ingredients if they’ve separated.

More Homemade Salad Dressings

Need more ideas on how to give your salad a boost in flavor? Take a look at my other dressings.

Apple cider vinegar dressing in a glass jar.

Apple Cider Vinaigrette

5 from 24 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan


Apple cider vinaigrette is light, tangy, and extremely versatile - it's delicious on virtually any salad. And it's much fresher and bolder than a store-bought version. Give it a try!



  • Add all of the ingredients to a small bowl and whisk together.
  • Pour into a serving jar and enjoy. Or store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Lisa's Tips

  • If you love the glass jar I'm using to store my vinaigrette, it's a tulip Weck Jar.


Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 19mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: dressing
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cider dressing, Apple Cider Vinaigrette, apple cider vinegar dressing
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Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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  1. I love your recipes for salad dressings. On the nutritional value, is that per serving? And if so, how much is 1 serving, and how much dressing does X1 make? Thank you!

  2. Why is this only good in the refrigerator for one week when all of the ingredients are shelf stable non refrigerated? I’m confused?

    1. Hi Bonnie – It could likely last longer than a week, but those indications are erring on the safe side, as there are no preservatives in homemade dressing. Once you combine ingredients, you would need preservatives.

  3. Delicious! I tried this recipe to clone a salad dressing we recently had at a restaurant, and this comes close and might even be the real thing! ;) Isn’t it interesting that the best dressings often don’t have to be complex or require strange ingredients. Five stars all the way! Thank you!5 stars

  4. My go to dressing. Seriously, I crave this dressing. It’s easy to whip up quick (I always have the ingredients on hand, too, so it’s convenient) and it’s the perfect balance of punchy and a little sweet. You’re going to love this dressing.5 stars

  5. I absolutely love this recipe! It makes salad way less boring for me to eat!

    But I was just inputting the nutritional information into MyFitnessPal and wasn’t sure what the serving size is? That would be helpful to know to help keep in check with calculating my macros!5 stars

    1. Hi Amelia – I normally will list storage instructions in the post, but this will keep for up to a week in the fridge!

    1. Hi Kirstie – Will definitely keep in mind the more salad recipes I make this coming summer. Stay tuned!

  6. It is divine. I make this time and time again. It is my go to dressing, incorporating all the ingredients that I like. It is very easy to make, and I love it.5 stars

  7. This is my new favorite salad dressing! Just the right balance of salt, sour, sweet and fats. I blend it in my blender and it emulsifies and gets creamy. Love it!5 stars