Skip to Content

Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Bring bright, punchy flavor to all your fall salads with this easy apple cider vinaigrette dressing! This is a simple and flavorful homemade salad dressing that you can make with just 6 ingredients.

A jar of apple cider vinaigrette on a countertop next to a whisk, with a bowl of salad in the background.


This apple cider vinaigrette is one of my favorite homemade salad dressings. It’s the perfect way to give any fall salad a bit of punch (it’s apple season, after all). The sweet tanginess of apple cider vinegar alongside autumn ingredients like squash, cranberries, and winter greens is totally irresistible. And this dressing is just as great to have any other time of the year, whether you toss it with a salad or drizzle it over roasted veggies. With just 6 ingredients, this easy apple cider vinaigrette brings bright, zingy flavors to everything it touches! Just whisk together the ingredients and get drizzling.

Why You’ll Love This Apple Cider Vinaigrette Dressing

  • Simple ingredients. This homemade apple cider vinaigrette is simple, yet so full of flavor. You only need a handful of ingredients and they marry together perfectly.
  • Better than store-bought. I love having homemade salad dressing on hand in the fridge. Like my lemon vinaigrette and Greek vinaigrette dressing, this vinaigrette takes minutes to make and keeps well. You can’t beat the freshness of homemade!
  • Bright flavors. There’s a little tingle from mustard and garlic, warmed up with honey and brightened up with tangy vinegar and lemon. This dressing pairs amazingly well with all your favorite fall flavors.
Ingredients for apple cider vinaigrette.

Ingredients Needed

This vinaigrette recipe brings together a few easy pantry items that you might have on hand already! I’ve outlined the main ingredients below. Be sure to scroll to the recipe card for the full measurements and recipe details.

  • Olive oil – Extra virgin olive oil, or another mild-flavored oil, like avocado oil.
  • Apple cider vinegar – Find it alongside the oils and dressings in the condiment aisle at the grocery store. 
  • Honey – Or another sweetener, like agave, or maple syrup for a different flavor profile.
  • Lemon juice – Freshly squeezed is best, or you can use the bottled kind if it’s what you have on hand.
  • Dijon mustard – Yellow mustard will also work.
  • Garlic – Mince up one whole clove, or you can use more or less to taste.
  • Salt and pepper
Overhead view of the ingredients for apple cider vinaigrette combined in a measuring cup.

How to Make Apple Cider Vinaigrette 

Making this dressing is as easy as combining your ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid, and giving it a good shake. You can also whisk the dressing together in a bowl. Voila!

Tips and Variation Ideas

The more you make this apple cider vinaigrette, the more you’ll realize it goes amazing with pretty much anything! Here are some final tips and tricks for the best homemade vinaigrette:

  • If you don’t have apple cider vinegar, you can still make this vinaigrette with another type of vinegar. Try balsamic, red wine vinegar, or white wine vinegar.
  • Mix the vinaigrette well. Shake or whisk the dressing together for at least a minute. This is key to emulsifying the ingredients.
  • Make it creamy. Whisk in a couple of tablespoons of mayonnaise or plain yogurt to taste for a creamier variation. Creamy vinaigrettes taste amazing on a potato salad!
A jar of apple cider vinaigrette on a countertop next to a whisk and a bowl of salad.

Apple Cider Vinaigrette Serving Suggestions

This apple cider vinaigrette pairs wonderfully with fall salads, like this roasted squash and goat cheese salad, a fall couscous salad, or this sweet-smoky apple broccoli salad. You can also try these other easy serving ideas:

A jar of apple cider vinaigrette on a countertop next to a whisk and a bowl of salad.

How to Store

Store your homemade vinaigrette in an airtight jar or container and keep it in the fridge for up to 1 week. Give the dressing a shake before you use it.  

Can I Freeze Vinaigrette Salad Dressing?

I don’t usually recommend freezing salad dressings as the texture tends to change once the dressing is thawed. Go ahead and make a fresh batch instead!

More Homemade Salad Dressings

Yield: 3/4 cup (2 Tbsp per serving)

Apple Cider Vinaigrette

A jar of apple cider vinaigrette on a countertop next to a whisk.

This apple cider vinaigrette dressing is the best way to add punchy flavor to any fall salad. Quick and easy to make with just 6 ingredients!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Add all of the ingredients to a jar with a tight-fitting lid or a bowl.
  2. Shake or whisk well for 1-2 minutes to fully combine.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 174Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 15gCholesterol 0mgSodium 47mgCarbohydrates 3gFiber 0gSugar 3gProtein 0g

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on should only be used as a general guideline.

Did you make this recipe?

Please leave a comment on the blog or share a picture on social media!

I created a fun group on Facebook,and I would love for you to join us! It’s a place where you can
share YOUR favorite recipes, ask questions, and see what’s new at Dinners, Dishes and Desserts (so that you never miss a new recipe)!

Be sure to follow me on Instagram and
tag #dinnersdishes so I can see all the wonderful DINNERS, DISHES, AND DESSERTS
recipes YOU make!

Be sure to follow me on my social media, so you
never miss a post!

Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram 

Did you know there is a Dinners,
Dishes, and Desserts SHOP
? Lots of different E-Books for sale. Or you can buy me a
to say thanks!


Erin S
Follow me
Latest posts by Erin S (see all)

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Thursday 15th of February 2024

This is my favorite vinaigrette recipe! It's so easy to make and tastes wonderful on my simple salads!


Thursday 15th of February 2024

The Apple Cider Vinaigrette recipe was a hit in my house! It was incredibly easy to make and added such a lovely zing to our dinner salads.


Wednesday 14th of February 2024

I'm always in search of a good salad dressing and I think I found my favorite! I love it!


Wednesday 14th of February 2024

I made this and served it over an arugula berry salad, and it was absolutely perfect. I already have plans for trying it with a ton of different salads!


Wednesday 14th of February 2024

This was the PERFECT addition to our side salad last night. Glad I made a double batch.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Skip to Recipe