Apple Cider Vinaigrette

This apple cider vinaigrette, made with apple juice, vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper, creates a quick, easy, slightly sweet, subtly tangy, apple-y salad dressing that’s far more handy and versatile than you can even imagine.

A glass jar filled with apple cider vinaigrette with a spoon resting in it.

This apple cider vinaigrette is so much more than a way to sneak that overnight sensation, apple cider vinegar, into your daily routine. If you believe what you read online, it balances pH, detoxes the liver, lowers blood sugar levels, fights bacterial infections, and a multitude of other beneficial things. We can’t speak to all that. But we can, however, vouch for the taste of this easy, slightly sweet, subtly tangy, entirely apple-y cider vinaigrette recipe. It’s spectacular drizzled on salads of all sorts—especially butter lettuce, thinly sliced red onion, and crumbled blue cheese. Originally published November 5, 2013.Renee Schettler Rossi

Apple Cider Vinaigrette

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5/5 - 3 reviews
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Pour the apple juice and vinegar in a bowl, add the salt and several generous turns of black pepper, and stir until the salt dissolves. Slowly whisk in the olive oil and use immediately. (You can cover and refrigerate any leftovers for up to a couple days. Shake or whisk to recombine just prior to using.)

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

If there is but one simple vinaigrette in your repertoire, this apple cider vinaigrette has to be it. Easy, delicious, spicy, saucy, spirited, and just plain glorious.

Great on tomatoes, lettuce, and cream cheese with some chopped basil for a nice spread for crackers (I just made that up in my head and tried it—it’s really, really good). In fact, this is one of those recipes that you can use as your master list of ingredients and proportions and then just get crazy with things you can add to it or pour it on.

Simple, tasty, and classic are the words that come to mind to describe this wonderful apple cider vinaigrette that’s so easy to put together. Everyone loved it, including the one person in the house who refuses to eat vinaigrettes—high praise, indeed, for a simple recipe.

I used a lidded jar to make it and I just shake it before each use.

We were able to lightly dress a watermelon, cucumber, and feta salad for dinner and a mixed greens salad for lunch the next day with the same dressing made in just one batch. This recipe is simple enough you could dress it up in many ways with different herbs.


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  1. 5 stars
    Diving into my bag of fresh vegetables from the Farmer’s Market and pulling out a bunch of curly kale, I searched LC for a new spin on a vinaigrette. I love the addition of apple cider with apple cider vinegar – the cider mellows out the sharper taste of the vinegar. This recipe made a lovely dressing for my kale salad with the apples, onions, fresh feta and parsley. I used 2 tbsp of the olive oil to massage my kale and added the remainder to the dressing. Another delicious LC addition to my recipe collection.

  2. A nice and easy apple cider vinaigrette recipe that captures the essence of fall. No frills or fancy—just a tasty vinaigrette! Nothing to tweak, except add some bacon to your salad! I think this would be great drizzled all over a bacon, apple, and cheese salad!

  3. I was driving and heard a chef recommend using an apple cider vinaigrette with chopped celery and a chopped apple. It sounded intriguing but I couldn’t write down the recipe (which she gave quickly) while driving so went on the internet and found this. Just tried it with the chopped celery and chopped apple and it was great! Modifications: I did add an extra tablespoon of the apple cider and I tried adding chopped red pepper in the salad (for color). It was great and now I will share this with others! Also – when I read the comment about adding pomegranate, I thought that sounded even better so will try it tomorrow. I’ll be taking this salad to a Thanksgiving gathering so thanks for sharing this tasty – and oh, so easy – recipe!

  4. Thank you so much for featuring a recipe from this book! I particularly enjoy all the comments by the testers. I wanted to let you know that the book’s web site, postponed because of the sad passing of my designer, has now launched. Once again, thank you. This is a great site.

  5. I LOVE the idea of 50/50 cider & vinegar – our local orchard makes their own vinegar & I can’t wait to make this w/ it!

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