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This Apple Cider Vinaigrette is one of the best homemade salad dressings you’ll ever try. Once you taste it, you’ll want to pour it on everything!

apple cider dressing with spoon in jar

What is apple cider vinegar? Apple cider vinegar is made from crushed apples that are exposed to yeast. The fermentation process turns the natural sugar in the apples into alcohol, and then the alcohol continues to ferment into acetic acid.

This gives apple cider vinegar its sour smell and flavor.

Wondering how to use it? Try this apple cider vinegar dressing on my favorite Beet Salad, Kale Salad, or my go-to holiday salad, which is always a hit with a crowd.

Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Raw apple cider vinegar, which is unfiltered, also contains something called mother (look for a label that says “with mother” on the bottle) that gives the vinegar a cloudy appearance.

You may see stringy strands at the bottom, which are thought to include helpful enzymes and friendly bacteria.

apple cider vinaigrette in glass jar with black background

Here are some potential health benefits:

With its tangy flavor, apple cider vinegar is also the perfect addition to this salad dressing recipe.

Ingredients You’ll Need

apple cider vinaigrette ingredients in glass bowls on white table

What is apple cider vinaigrette made of? 

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Lemon juice
  • Honey
  • Garlic
  • Mustard
  • Salt & black pepper

You can get creative with extra seasonings if you’d like to, but this combination is perfect over a number of salad combinations. You can also use it as a marinade for chicken breasts.

Note: The lemon juice is optional here, but I love the extra bright layer of flavor that it adds. You can use orange juice instead, or just leave it out and use only apple cider vinegar in this dressing.

Wondering how to thicken dressing? The mustard and honey act as emulsifiers in this recipe, to help the consistency thicken up. You can use spicy brown mustard, or Dijon mustard if you don’t need a vegan recipe.

How to Make Apple Cider Vinaigrette

1. Combine. Add the ingredients to a bowl or glass mason jar with a lid. I typically use a 12-ounce jar, so there’s room to stir everything together.

For extra-finely minced garlic, try scraping it over a microplane. That way you won’t have any large chunks in the final dressing.

adding ingredients to a glass mason jar and mincing garlic

You can start with only 1 tablespoon of honey if you like a more tart dressing, but I usually add 2 tablespoons in total.

2. Mix. Use a whisk to stir the ingredients together smoothly, or attach the lid to your jar and shake well.

Alternatively, you can add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Either way works.

ingredients mixed in glass jar to make apple cider dressing

3. Enjoy! Taste the dressing and adjust any seasoning, to taste. You can add more sweetness by adding extra honey, or add more mustard or vinegar to make it taste more tangy.

Serve it over your favorite veggies, and add any extra toppings you like. I think this delicious dressing goes well over a Fall salad, particularly with cranberries and pecans on top.

This apple cider vinegar salad dressing can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. It’s normal to see it separate in the fridge, so be sure to shake it again before using.

Note: Extra-virgin olive oil may thicken when chilled, so don’t be alarmed if your dressing becomes very thick when you store it. You can run the jar under hot tap water until it thins out again, or let it come to room temperature on the counter before you plan on serving it again.

apple cider vinaigrette overhead in glass jar with spoon inside

Frequently Asked Questions & Substitutions

Is this recipe vegan? This apple cider dressing isn’t vegan since it calls for honey, but you can make it vegan by using maple syrup instead.

Does apple cider vinegar need to be refrigerated? No, once you open a bottle of apple cider vinegar, it can be stored sealed in a dark pantry. You do need to keep the apple cider vinaigrette dressing refrigerated, though, for the best shelf life.

Can I use dried spices? Yes, you can replace the fresh clove of garlic with a 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder, if you prefer.

Can I add fresh herbs? Of course! I think fresh sage, thyme, and rosemary are particularly nice with this flavor combination.

spoon added to jar of apple cider dressing


apple cider dressing with spoon in jar

Apple Cider Vinaigrette

4.87 from 84 votes
Apple Cider Vinaigrette is the best homemade salad dressing! All you need is a few simple ingredients to make it, and it goes well with any number of salad combinations.
prep5 mins cook0 mins total5 mins


  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
  • 1 garlic clove , minced
  • 2 tablespoons honey , or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Add the olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, garlic, honey, salt and pepper to a glass jar with a lid. Whisk well to combine, or secure a lid on the jar and shake well.
  • Taste the dressing and make any adjustments you like, such as adding a little more honey for sweetness, or a little more mustard or vinegar to make it taste more tangy. Serve right away, or store it in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  • Leftover dressing may thicken in the fridge. You can run the jar under warm tap water to help it thin out again, or let it sit on the counter at room temperature until it's runny in consistency.



This recipe makes roughly 1 cup of dressing, so the nutrition information is for roughly 2 tablespoons. This is automatically calculated and is just an estimate, not a guarantee.


Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 95mg | Potassium: 17mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cider vinaigrette, apple cider vinegar dressing


If you try this Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing recipe, please leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how you like it.


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Megan Gilmore

Hi, I’m Megan. A former fast food junkie turned best-selling cookbook author. I create healthy recipes made with simple ingredients to make your life easier.

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  1. Love love love this dressing! The flavor is unbelievable! When I make it, I like to add a little fresh minced ginger! Sooo good, thank you for sharing this!

  2. I was searching an apple cider dressing for my sprouted bean salad so I can incorporate more whole foods into my diet and came across this recipe. I have to say this is was sooo yummy. Definitely will be making it often! Thank you for sharing!

  3. This recipe is amazing! And, with the help of my trusty food processor, so incredibly simple. I just love your blog Megan! Thank you for doing what you do.

  4. Thanks so much for the perfect apple cider vinaigrette! I was looking for something simple to throw together – not too sweet, not too tart – and this perfectly hit the spot! With ingredients I already had on hand, even! This was wonderful over greens with a T of gorgonzola, walnut pieces, and some diced green apple!

  5. Camille,

    Are you able to have uncooked unheated local raw honey? there is a big difference in the sugar. Even avoid honey from containers with electric heaters on them (warming for pouring) as the electromagnetic field around the heating element affects the sugar adversely. Just pure unadulterated honey poured straight from the comb. Beware that many apiaries also “sugar the hives” and depending on the type of sugar, might contribute to the bad health effects you’ve experienced. Find a trustworthy bee-keeper and try just a little, then slowly increase the intake if no problems.

  6. Italian dressing made with raw apple cider vinegar (with the mother) and unfiltered cold pressed (imported from Italy made from organic Italian olives) olive oil, a little water, freshly chopped garlic, minced dried onion, fresh ginger root grated, one bay leaf, Italian seasoning. Shake well, the unfiltered olive oil and raw vinegar (particularly with the mother) will stay blended longer than cooked (dead) cider vinegar and processed oils, so will be blended evenly when pouring, this stuff lasts for a very long time in the cupboard (in glass, i use red-wine vinegar bottles, dump the red-wine vinegar out and wash the bottle). Very healthy salad dressing, good for weight control and many many health issues.

  7. Any substitutions for the lemon juice? I am allergic but would lvoe to try this!!! Thank you megan for providing us with healthy and delish recipes!

    1. I’d just leave out the lemon juice, and maybe add a touch more vinegar or simply use less honey for a balanced flavor.