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Easy Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

Homemade Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette is better tasting and better for you than store-bought. This easy recipe combines balsamic vinegar, garlic, EVOO, maple syrup, and dried herbs to make a delicious salad dressing and marinade. Paleo-friendly.

A jar of balsamic vinaigrette with a spoon and a bowl of salad in the background

Store-bought salad dressings may be convenient but the ingredients in most bottles are questionable. Additives like xantham gum, modified food starch, and others I can’t pronounce make for gummy, funky tasting dressings. Don’t get me wrong. There are some decent ones but there is just no comparing any of them to making salad dressings from scratch.

This simple maple balsamic vinaigrette is a blend of tangy balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive, garlic, and savory dried herbs. The maple syrup adds sweetness and the perfect amount of maple flavor to balance the balsamic vinegar.

This is my favorite salad dressing because it’s delightful on salads and pasta and it doubles as a delicious marinade.

Why You’ll Love My Favorite Salad Dressing

  • QUICK. Maple balsamic vinaigrette takes less than a minute to make.
  • Better tasting and cleaner ingredients than store-bought.
  • Multi-purpose. Use as a salad dressing or as a marinade.
  • This recipe is vegetarian, vegan, and paleo.

Ingredients You’ll Need

olive oil, balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, garlic, maple syrup, and spices for balsamic vinaigrette
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – is the oil component of this vinaigrette. The better quality, the better tasting.
  • Balsamic Vinegar & Red Wine Vinegar – Using better quality vinegar will give you a better-tasting vinaigrette.
  • Maple Syrup – The quality of the maple syrup is also important. The purest most maple forward syrups are from Vermont and Canada. 
  • Fresh Garlic – enhances flavor.
  • Hot Sauce (optional) – If you would like to add some heat, add a dash of hot sauce. You could also use a pinch of red pepper flakes or cayenne.
  • Italian Seasoning Blend – I use McCormick’s Italian seasoning but any brand will work fine.
  • Salt & Pepper – add more to taste if necessary.

How To Make Maple Balsamic Dressing

Blend all of the ingredients into a salad dressing container or mason jar.

Maple balsamic dressing ingredients in a mason jar

Shake and enjoy it on your favorite salad recipe. Easy peasy.

overhead shot of a jar of maple balsamic vinaigrette next to a bowl of garden salad

Recipe Tips

For the boldest and best flavor, use the best quality balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, and maple syrup within your budget.

Instead of dried Italian seasoning, feel free to use fresh herbs you may already have on hand (thyme, rosemary, parsley, etc).

You’ll probably need to give the container a good shake or stir before each use as the oil and vinegar will naturally separate.

How To Use Maple Balsamic Dressing

I’m confident that you’re going to love this dressing as much as I do, so here are a few recipes you MUST try it with:

You’ll probably want to make a double batch because this vinaigrette also doubles as a delicious marinade for grilled meats, vegetables, and seafood.

a spoon drizzling dressing on a garden salad

Storing & Freezing

Storing: Store in a glass airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. If necessary, stir or shake the container before use.

Freezing: not recommended.

Recipe FAQ

What if I don’t have balsamic vinegar?

To replicate the sweet and tangy flavor of balsamic vinegar, mix 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar with 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup.

What makes a vinaigrette?

The building blocks of a vinaigrette dressing are oil, vinegar, and seasonings.

Can you store the vinaigrette at room temperature?

Some vinaigrettes are safe stored at room temperature. If there’s any added fresh garlic, herbs, or seasonings, they should be stored in the fridge.

What can I use in place of maple syrup?

You can also use sugar, honey, agave syrup, or date syrup but the flavor will not be the same.

maple balsamic vinaigrette dressing in a jar with a spoon and a salad in the background

Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

This easy salad dressing recipe combines balsamic vinegar, fresh garlic, extra virgin olive oil, and seasonings.  
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 32
Calories: 64kcal
Author: Amee

Ingredients

  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp real maple syrup
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning blend
  • 1 clove of garlic mashed
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • dash hot sauce *optional

Instructions

  • Blend all of the ingredients in a salad dressing cruet or mason jar.
  • Shake and serve.

Notes

Nutrition information is for 1 tablespoon serving of dressing.
For the boldest and best flavor, use the best quality balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, and maple syrup within your budget.
Instead of dried Italian seasoning, feel free to use fresh herbs you may already have on hand (thyme, rosemary, parsley, etc).
You’ll probably need to give the container a good shake or stir before each use as the oil and vinegar will naturally separate.

Nutrition

Calories: 64kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 37mg | Potassium: 6mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg
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*This post was originally published on May 30, 2011 and has been updated throughout.

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  1. Thank you, Lark!:) I love your blog, too. The design is fantastic and I can’t wait to try some of your recipes! I found you through Basil Momma and The Better Baker. 🙂

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