Apple Cider Vinaigrette ♥ Recipe

Apple Cider Vinaigrette ♥, a fall favorite, really pops with flavor. Weight Watchers Friendly. Vegan. Low Carb.
Today's super-easy salad dressing recipe, perfect for fall salads: A no-fat vinaigrette made with no more than apple cider, cider vinegar, agave (or honey) and spiked with cinnamon. Use Apple Cider Vinaigrette on its own or whisk it with a little olive oil for a more traditional oli & vinegar vinaigrette, except apple-y!

Fresh & Seasonal, A Fall Classic. Great for Meal Prep. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Not just vegan, Vegan Done Real. Weight Watchers Friendly. Naturally Gluten Free.

Good Habits Are Hard to Break

When it comes to food, we're all creatures of habit in our own ways. My way, these days, is to experiment with one new salad dressing recipe after another – this after years of making the same two salad dressings again and again and again. Granted, both those go-to dressings are concept recipes, so no night's salad was ever the same as the last. Still. How about switching things up a little, Alanna?

Enter Apple Cider Vinaigrette. It's so perfect for fall, just as autumn's apples and apple cider are beginning to reach the markets. (Peaches? So last summer albeit just a couple of weeks back.)

And Apple Cider Vinaigrette is so simple to make! Plus, if you're looking for a guilt-free dressing, this is it. There's no oil (although for anyone who likes, it's quite lovely whisked with a little good olive oil, too) and it's sweetened with agave, the plant-based low-glycemic sweetener especially appreciated by vegans (who don't eat honey), carb watchers and diabetics.

A Meal Prep Favorite

I first made Apple Cider Vinaigrette way back in 2008. But every year since, I make a batch (or two or three) every fall. It keeps for several weeks! One year, we had a surplus of apple cider so I kept a jar of Apple Cider Vinaigrette in the fridge all winter long. For a quick lunch or supper salad, I also took to whisking in a tablespoon of good olive oil into three or four tablespoons Apple Cider Vinaigrette. It practically pops, like fall acorns falling on pavement!

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Hands-on time: 5 minutes
Time to table: 24 hours
Makes 1-1/2 cups

1 cup apple cider
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup agave (or honey, if you prefer)
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Mix all ingredients, stirring until the agave liquifies. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours, letting the cinnamon flavors infuse into the cider and agave. Keeps several weeks.

To serve, sprinkle as is over salad greens – or whisk 3 or 4 tablespoons with a tablespoon of olive oil and then toss with greens.

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SEASONAL EATING: Very Late Summer & Early Fall Across the Years

Slow-Roasted Tomatoes (< an annual obsession) Pasta with Slow-Roasted Tomatoes Broccoli with Orange & Curry Cauliflower Tomato Medley Eggplant Parmigiana Mini Tomato Pesto Torte Potato Okra Curry (< hello, Meatless Monday) Slow-Roasted Tomato Salsa “Surprise Inside” Spice Parsnip Cupcakes Steamed Butternut Squash in a Collapsible Steamer Basket Foodie Fight (Slooow) Baked Potatoes (< this week's favorite!) Balkan Eggplant Casserole Apple Cider Vinaigrette (< my fav make-ahead salad dressing) Rosemary Potatoes Calabacitas (< great with garden zucchini!) Beet Salad with Sumac, Yogurt & Pita Pennsylvania Dutch Green Beans with Bacon Tomato Recipes – Alphabet of Vegetables Slow Cooker Beans & Tomatoes Slow Cooker Tomato Grits Mexican Cauliflower "Rice" (< great for meal prep!)

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A Veggie Venture is home of "veggie evangelist" Alanna Kellogg and the famous asparagus-to-zucchini Alphabet of Vegetables.


  1. The apples are coming! Fall is near!

    Lisa from Show Me Vegan referred me to your blog. Thanks for the lovely recipe!

  2. That looks delish! How long do you think you could store it?

  3. The recipe said it could be stored for several weeks. It's already been in my own fridge for more than that, no signs of anything off at all.

  4. This would be wonderful on a salad of spinach, apples and candied walnuts.

  5. Divine! Love the simple things in life.

  6. Hooray for autumn and all things apples! At Kitchen Caravan we dedicated the last week of September to apples and ciders, as part of our Local Eating Month, and went to upstate New York to check out some local orchards. You can learn more about the processes at

    Enjoy the fall!
    -Anastasia from Kitchen Caravan

  7. Thank you! this sounds fantastic. I am always looking for homemade fat free dressings!


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