Creamy Maple Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Falling leaves, pumpkins, apples, hot cocoa, sweaters, and reading a good book by the fireplace (and let’s not forget pumpkin spice everything!) These are just a few of the many things that I just adore about fall. However, as much as I love fall, and all of its associated comfort foods (think cozy casseroles, hot drinks, and scrumptious stews), I find I still have a taste for salads, too. Although the nature of my salad cravings might change with the seasons, I like to have a little something fresh along with all of my cool-weather favorites. Something like a fall harvest salad with a flavorful fall dressing fits the bill nicely.

And leafy green vegetables are still in season in the fall, so when I can, I like to keep some growing in my garden well into October and November. If you don’t have a garden, then lettuces, cabbage, kale, and other fall salad greens should be readily available at your local grocery store or farmers market (and at a good price, too, because eating with the seasons saves money!)

I like to dress up my salad with some yummy extras like roasted butternut squash, dried cranberries, toasted pumpkin seeds, and hearty rye croutons. And let’s not forget that a fall harvest salad this amazing requires an equally amazing fall harvest dressing to top it all off. I made up this jar of Creamy Maple Apple Cider Vinaigrette for one such worthy salad, and it turned out to be light, and creamy, and possibly even a little healthy. It’s made with creamy Greek yogurt, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, and a touch of dijon mustard for a little extra punch of flavor. I think this flavorful, light vinaigrette is perfect for any fall salad and would even be a great accompaniment to Thanksgiving dinner! (And if you love good fall salads, check out my recipe for Autumn Butternut Squash Salad.)

So let’s talk about the ingredients for the Maple Apple Cider Vinaigrette:

Greek Yogurt – I prefer whole milk Greek yogurt for this dressing. Of course, you can lighten up the calories by using reduced-fat yogurt, but I don’t recommend using fat-free yogurt as the dressing will lack that creamy texture that we’re going for. 

Apple Cider Vinegar – Use any kind of apple cider vinegar that you like. I typically use raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar with “the mother” because I like the flavor, but any kind of ACV will work. 

Extra Virgin Olive Oil – I like to use my best extra virgin olive oil in this recipe, but use what you have on hand. If you prefer to skip the olive oil flavor, go with a neutral-flavored oil like grapeseed, avocado, or canola. 

Maple Syrup – This is the place for the real thing. I don’t recommend using maple-flavored or pancake syrup. 

Dijon Mustard – You could also use whole grain mustard in place of the Dijon, but I don’t recommend using plain yellow mustard. 

Creamy Maple Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Cook’s Tips:

  • This only makes a small batch (about 1/2 cup) of dressing, so feel free to double or triple the recipe if needed. 
  • Store this dressing for a day or so in the fridge. But since this is a fresh dressing with no preservatives I like to just make a small batch whenever I need it. 
  • And this vinaigrette isn’t just for salads. Use it on your favorite roasted vegetables, too! 

As always, if you try this recipe, I hope you love it! Please let me know in the comments below.


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Creamy Maple Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Creamy Maple Apple Cider Vinaigrette

  • Author: My Homemade Roots
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: about 3/4 cup 1x


This Creamy Maple Apple Cider Vinaigrette is light and creamy with the sweetness of maple and tang of apple cider vinegar. It's a delicious fall harvest salad dressing.


  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Using a blender, or a whisk, combine the first 5 ingredients completely. Mix until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.
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  • Miz Helen
    August 31, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    I will have to try this Vinaigrette, it looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday,447 this week. Hope you have a great Labor Day Weekend and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

    • Melissa
      September 1, 2019 at 2:18 pm

      Thank-you, Miz Helen! Hope you have a great Labor Day Weekend, too!

  • Robert Sweeney
    November 29, 2022 at 9:50 pm

    This dressing is so good and simple!!!This is the best dressing of any that I have made. So happy!!!

    • Melissa
      November 30, 2022 at 5:00 pm

      I’m so happy you like it!

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  • Sarah W Zoeller
    April 6, 2024 at 4:51 pm

    I have been searching for years for the right dressing! Thank you, I love this so much. I am eating the best salad I have ever eaten right now- thanks to you!

    • Melissa
      April 8, 2024 at 5:56 pm

      Thank you for the kind words! I’m so happy you love the dressing – it’s a favorite of mine, too!

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