Apple cider vinegar salad dressing is sweet, tangy and oh so delicious! Apple cider vinaigrette is a homemade salad dressing you can mix in a minute that is full of fresh fall flavor and light in calories!

It’s so simple any novice can create an incredible homemade salad dressing. It’s foolproof!

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This apple cider vinegar salad dressing has been one of my favorites for the last 10+ years. It’s slightly sweet and pairs well with so many salads.

It’s full of fresh fall flavor that you can enjoy all year!

This vinaigrette is a delicious dressing that is easy to mix up on a whim using staple ingredients. It takes just a minute or two to make. It’s so good you’ll ditch the store bought salad dressings! Real food just tastes better.

A glass jug with apple cider vinaigrette dressing in it.

Why You’ll Love this Recipe

  • All you have to do to make homemade dressings is combine the ingredients in a mason jar and shake. Simple as that!
  • Apple cider is known for its health benefits…but I’m in it because it’s gooooood. It doesn’t hurt that it comes in at just 26 calories per side salad serving and just 3 carbs.
  • It’s also vegan, keto, and low carb.

There are a lot of health benefits to apple cider vinegar. It’s a staple in our home for a number of recipes, but it can also be used as a natural cleaning product, as facial toner and more!

To make a really great dressing, you just need a blend of acid, fat and emulsifier. In this recipe the apple cider vinegar serves as the acid, a hint of oil as the fat and dijon mustard as an emulsifier.

A plate with a salad and a pitcher of apple cider vinegar dressing.

Shopping List

  • Apple Cider
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Pepper

Substitutions and Variations

  • Apple Cider – Try this with our homemade pear cider for a fun variation.
  • Oil – Vegetable oil is neutral, which makes it a great fit for this recipe, but a good quality extra virgin olive oil almost always works for salad dressings.
  • Dijon Mustard – I like using one with the seeds for texture. It adds zest to the flavor, however you can make apple cider vinegar salad dressing without mustard.
  • Make it oil free by replacing the oil with lemon juice or orange juice.
  • Make it sugar free by eliminating the apple cider and doing 1/3 c apple cider vinegar with 1/4 c vegetable or olive oil.
  • Sweeten it up using maple syrup or honey.
  • Add a hint of citrus with lemon juice.
  • Minced garlic or fresh garlic clove.


Don’t have a jar? Use a food processor or whisk vigorously in a large measuring cup so that it’s pourable.

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Serving Suggestions

While we enjoy it all year, the flavors of apple cider vinaigrette dressing lend themselves to a variety of fall infused dishes. These are some of my favorite ways to enjoy it.

  • Apple Salad
  • Make a Marinade – Use this vinaigrette as a chicken marinade to make apple cider chicken. Use my easy Baked Chicken Breast recipe and it will be ready in less 10 minutes hands on time!
  • Cabbage Salad – Simply substitute with any dressing to make a fall infused coleslaw.
  • Pasta Salad – Substitute this dressing on your favorite Pasta Salad or Potato Salad.
  • Toss with fresh or roasted vegetables.
  • Chicken Wings – Toss fresh fried chicken wings for a one of a kind sauce!
A person pouring an apple cider vinaigrette dressing into a bowl.

How to Store

  • Refrigerate – Apple cider vinegar dressing keeps up to two weeks refrigerated in an airtight container. When you pull it out of the refrigerator, allow to rest at room temperature 20 minutes, then shake and serve! This will allow the oil to separate and blend with the vinegar.
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Apple Cider Vinaigrette Dressing

Apple cider vinegar salad dressing is low cal, sweet, tangy and so delicious! You can mix up some apple cider vinaigrette in just a minute!
Prep: 3 minutes
Total: 3 minutes
Servings: 8
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  • ¾ cup apple cider
  • cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon dijon mustard whole grain, if possible
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil sub with vegetable oil
  • black pepper to taste


  • Combine ingredients in a jar with a lid.
    ¾ cup apple cider, ⅛ cup apple cider vinegar, ½ teaspoon dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Shake well and add black pepper to taste.
    black pepper

Julie’s Tips

Can substitute vegetable oil with olive oil.
Calories: 26kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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How to Make

  1. Combine ingredients in a mason jar.
  2. Shake.

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