Apple Cider Vinaigrette Recipe


A few weeks ago, I started thinking of fall flavors (seriously, when did seasons become flavors to me?). Apples, pumpkins, squash, Brussels sprouts … I started to scheme about how I could use them to create new dishes.

The first thing that came to mind: Apple Cider Vinaigrette.

Not a dressing that just uses apple cider vinegar, though: One that uses actual apple cider to create a sweet, tangy lettuce-coating dressing. Something that could bridge the light foods of summer with the bone-warming foods of winter. Could cider in a dressing even work?

apple-cider-vinaigrette-3I’ve been working on this recipe ever since, trying to get it just right. And guess what? I did. It’s earthy and lightly sweet, with that tinge of tang I wanted. Even Shawn, who isn’t a vinaigrette fan at all, liked it a lot.

As for the salad above? It’s romaine lettuce, torn into bite-size bits with half a Haas avocado sliced, about eight medium shrimp that were just steamed, two slices of pancetta fried until crisp and about an ounce of Danish blue cheese. Yum.

Next time though, I would choose a lettuce with a less aggressive taste like a Boston Bibb. I think that would make this salad — and dressing — absolutely perfect.

P.S. The cute bottle? It’s a glass flask from The Container Store. I bought it on a recent trip into New York and absolutely love it for dressings like this. It stores in the fridge well and is absolutely airtight. I use a small funnel to help ease the dressing in without spilling. Both are awesome to have in your cupboard if you love to make your own dressing.

Apple Cider Vinaigrette Recipe
  • ⅓ cup apple cider
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ tsp dry mustard
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ cup olive oil
  1. Whisk all of the ingredients together. Transfer to an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to one week.



  1. says

    What a great idea for cider, i’m going to have to try this when I open my jug :)

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  2. says

    I’ve been looking for a great Apple Cider Vinaigrette and this one sounds terrific. Nice pairing of fall flavors to warm up a salad as the seasons change. Can’t wait to give it a try.

    The Arthritis Kitchen

  3. Heidi Bone says

    Just googled “apple cider” viaigrette because I had the idea but was hoping someone else had done the work for me :) I can’t wait to try it out! THANKS!

  4. Heidi Bone says

    Hi! Made the dressing yesterday :) Thought it was a fantastic dressing. My first batch was really oil-heavy. I don’t know if whole foods extra virgin made a difference but in my second batch I reduced to under 1/4 a cup of oil and added a little more cider and vinegar to taste. Everyone really enjoyed it. Thank you for the recipe! I will make it again :)

  5. Jen says

    I made the dressing and it was fantastic! I had substituted apple cider for apple juice, so it was a little bitter. I added half a tablespoon of brown suger and it made just the taste!

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