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!
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.
Add the balsamic vinegar.
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.
Mince and add the garlic.
Add the Dijon mustard.
Add the salt.
Add the pepper.
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.) 🙂
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 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.