Maple Dijon Vinaigrette: For when you need a quick and versatile dressing to whip up for salads or marinating chicken when you’re out of the bottled stuff.

Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

This maple dijon vinaigrette has basically rocked my world over the past couple of weeks.  I actually made it back in the fall for the first time to dress my sweet and salty harvest salad but I’ve been making a batch a couple times a week and eating it on salads for lunch and marinating chicken in it for dinner.

I recently committed myself to eating more leafy greens (other than romaine lettuce) and this dressing is helping me to stay on track. 

To say that my favorite [new] lunch salad – chopped kale, crumbled gorgonzola or feta, sliced almonds, and a chopped pear all drizzled with this dressing – has been something I totally look forward to every day, it’s got to be something pretty excellent.

Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

Is it me or is there something so satisfying about making your own salad dressing? Have you tried your hand at it?

Did you know how insanely easy dressing is to make??

Let’s walk you through how to make this vinaigrette:

  1. Add all 5 ingredients to a jar
  2. Cover the jar
  3. Shake until combined.

Or, you could just add all 5 ingredients to a bowl and whisk.

YES!! This recipe is THAT easy!

Then all you’ve got to do is drizzle it over salads or pour it in a zip-top bag and drop some chicken breasts in to marinate for grilling or pan frying later in the day.

Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

When it comes to making my life easier in the kitchen, this maple dijon vinaigrette is a complete winner.

It also makes my work life a bit easier too since I make a batch to store in the fridge at work. This way, I only need to focus on putting a salad together for lunch and I’m not worried about spilling the dressing all over my lunch bag while in transit every day.

It’s the little things, right?

Recipes to Use with This Maple Dijon Vinaigrette:

Roasted Acorn Squash Pear and Kale SaladRoasted Acorn Squash, Pear, and Kale Salad

Kale and Quinoa Salad with Maple Dijon Grilled ChickenWarm Quinoa and Kale Salad with Maple Dijon Grilled Chicken

Sweet and Salty Fall Harvest SaladSweet and Salty Fall Harvest Salad

Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

Yield: about ½ cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Maple dijon vinaigrette is for the times when you need a quick and versatile dressing to whip up for salads or marinating chicken. The dressing is SO much better than the bottled stuff and needs 5 ingredients!


  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • Up to ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ¾ tsp sea salt


  1. Whisk the maple syrup, ¼ cup olive oil, mustard, vinegar, and salt together in a medium bowl or shake it all together in a mason jar. Whisk in additional olive oil in small increments up to ⅓ cup total until you reach your desired dressing consistency.

Storage: Vinaigrette will keep well in an airtight container (like a mason jar) in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks. Be sure to bring it to room temperature or warm it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds before using.

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  • Josie
    April 15, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Tara, I made this dressing back in the fall with your harvest salad, and then subsequently ate it on every salad for the next few weeks. Loved it! And thanks for reminding me about it today – I just ate it on my lunch salad with turkey, apples, sharp cheddar, and honey-roasted almonds. SO good!!

  • taraliptak
    April 29, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    You’re welcome! I hope you love it as must as I do!

  • Emily Abraham
    May 12, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    This is my new favorite salad dressing! I have made it 3 times in the past month- thanks for the recipe!

    • taraliptak
      May 23, 2014 at 8:10 AM

      Totally my favorite too! So glad you liked it and thanks for coming back to comment about it. 🙂