This dressing is good on any salad, especially salads containing chicken or shrimp. It's also a good marinade for pork tenderloin!

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Ingredients

14
Original recipe yields 14 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place vinegar, maple syrup, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper into a blender. Pulse to combine, then add the olive oil in a steady stream with the motor running.

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Nutrition Facts

165 calories; 0 g protein; 5.2 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 20.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (106)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2009
This is awesome - we used this on our salad (baby mixed greens and arugula) the past two nights (with pear slices the first night and avocado the second) and my husband is still raving about it! Having read the reviews first I used equal parts of balsamic and maple syrup and a little bit less olive oil(proportionately) but kept the mustard (dijon because that's what we like best) pepper and a pinch of the salt. I used my mini-food processer to blend everything together and it has stayed emulsified (yet not thickened like mayo); don't know if the processer is what did the trick but the dressing sticks to the greens rather than sinking to the bottom of the bowl. Thanks for a great recipe! This will be wonderful with winter salads (sugared nuts goat cheese)... yum! Read More
(97)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/10/2009
Sorry - way to sweet for our taste. I ate it but DH didn't like. Read More
(5)
135 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 95
  • 4 star values: 31
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2009
This is awesome - we used this on our salad (baby mixed greens and arugula) the past two nights (with pear slices the first night and avocado the second) and my husband is still raving about it! Having read the reviews first I used equal parts of balsamic and maple syrup and a little bit less olive oil(proportionately) but kept the mustard (dijon because that's what we like best) pepper and a pinch of the salt. I used my mini-food processer to blend everything together and it has stayed emulsified (yet not thickened like mayo); don't know if the processer is what did the trick but the dressing sticks to the greens rather than sinking to the bottom of the bowl. Thanks for a great recipe! This will be wonderful with winter salads (sugared nuts goat cheese)... yum! Read More
(97)
Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2009
This is awesome - we used this on our salad (baby mixed greens and arugula) the past two nights (with pear slices the first night and avocado the second) and my husband is still raving about it! Having read the reviews first I used equal parts of balsamic and maple syrup and a little bit less olive oil(proportionately) but kept the mustard (dijon because that's what we like best) pepper and a pinch of the salt. I used my mini-food processer to blend everything together and it has stayed emulsified (yet not thickened like mayo); don't know if the processer is what did the trick but the dressing sticks to the greens rather than sinking to the bottom of the bowl. Thanks for a great recipe! This will be wonderful with winter salads (sugared nuts goat cheese)... yum! Read More
(97)
Rating: 4 stars
11/02/2009
This Maple Vinaigrette is exactly what I was looking for. A couple of suggestions I would make is to cut the vinaigrette amount down. Plan on at least 1/2 a cup then begin adding to taste. And, DO use REAL Maple Syrup. And I prefer a thick honey mustard (the ones in a jar) over a thinner mustard but that is just my preference. We added Pears, Blue Cheese, Walnuts, and fresh mixed greens. This dressing is the star of a great fall winter salad! This would be good with Apples, goat cheese, pine nuts etc... Great with any fall fruits. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2009
I have such a hard time finding vinaigrette that I like and this was awesome!! I followed the recipe completely and everyone loved it.I did find out though that the quality of the balsamic can make the difference between being good and being great!! Thank you so much for your recipe Read More
(37)
Rating: 5 stars
02/29/2008
This was great! I think it tastes like an expensive restaurant's dressing. It would be great with a goat cheese, walnut, cranberries and mixed green salad. I didn't take out the blender, I just whisked it to combine. I also added a tablespoon or so of mayo to give it gloss. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/16/2008
I was looking for a balsamic dressing for a salad with cranberries feta cheese almonds and red onion. This dressing is perfect. Great taste. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2011
Very good - I cut the recipe in half and used REAL maple syrup. Be sure to use a good quality balsamic to ensure good results. Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2009
This has become my salad dressing of choice though I must say it is perfect for my spinach salad which we eat more than once a week. When using it on the spinach salad I had a couple pinches (or more) of bacon pieces (bottled kind) and then heat he dressing in the microwave for a few seconds. The only change I make to the original dressing is to add a tad less maple syrup. As a few other readers have said 'using a good balsamic' makes quite a difference. This is without a doubt the best all around salad dressing recipe I have. Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2008
This was a fantastic tasting vinaigrette! I adjusted the ingredients to taste. This was a very easy very flexible recipe. Read More
(9)
Rating: 4 stars
11/23/2010
This is very good. I threw together a salad of spinach shallots craisins and almonds and was looking for a nice vinaigrette to whip up with ingredients I had on hand. This one fit the bill! My only complaint is that it wasn't zippy enough for me so I added more vinegar. One thing that I should note is that you MUST use pure maple syrup not the pancake stuff. Read More
(8)
Rating: 2 stars
07/10/2009
Sorry - way to sweet for our taste. I ate it but DH didn't like. Read More
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