Orange Maple Vinaigrette

This past week we were invited to a friend’s church for their farmer’s market day where you get a huge basket of preselected fruits and vegetables for a very low price.  We literally had a laundry basket full of goodies!  Included this week, among many other items, was everything needed to make a gorgeous fresh salad; and what’s better with fresh salad than homemade dressing?

I used to shy away from making my own dressing, thinking it was too difficult or took too much time.  I now know that not only are homemade dressing quick and easy, they’re also much tastier and healthier than store bought!

This vinaigrette is one of my favorites.  It’s tangy and light with just a hint of sweetness.  I swear, I could drink it right from the jar!  (Don’t judge!)  😉
Orange Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

Juice the oranges until you get ½ cup – usually about 02 medium oranges.  I once made this dressing when I didn’t have any oranges so I used regular, store-bought orange juice instead.  Don’t make that mistake!  It really wasn’t very good compared to using fresh oranges.

Juice the Oranges

Add the balsamic vinegar.

Add the Balsamic

Add the pure maple syrup – make sure you’re using real maple syrup from a tree, not the processed kind that comes in a bottle shaped like a lady.

Add the Maple Syrup

Mince and add the garlic.

Mince the Garlic

Add the Dijon mustard.

Add the Dijon

Add the salt.

Add the Salt

Add the pepper.

Add the Pepper

Whisk everything together.

Whisk Everything Together

Add the oil in a steady stream while whisking.  I add it ¼ cup at a time.  (As you can see, in this picture, I’m not whisking while adding the oil… that’s only because I didn’t have a third hand to take the picture.)  🙂

Add the Oil

Transfer to a mason jar or other type of container with a tight fitting lid to store.  I prefer to refrigerate the dressing before using.

Orange Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette


Orange Maple Vinaigrette


  • ½ Cup fresh orange juice – about 02 medium oranges
  • ½ Cup balsamic vinegar
  • 02 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 01 clove of garlic, minced
  • 01 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • ¾ Cup olive oil


  • Whisk the first seven ingredients together.
  • Add the oil in a stream while whisking until everything is combined.


One thought on “Orange Maple Vinaigrette

  1. Just made this for my thanksgiving green is by far the very best salad dressing I have ever made!!


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