It’s super simple to make and is packed with nutrients and flavor! I use it to dress my salads all the time, but it’s also awesome as a marinade for chicken.
Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits
Oh man, apple cider vinegar (ACV) is loaded with nutrients. I’ve shared a full post about the benefits of apple cider vinegar but here are the cliff notes:
It’s rich in potassium, a mineral that is key for growth, building muscles, transmission of nerve impulses, heart activity etc.
It can help regulate blood pressure and reduce bad cholesterol.
Rich in malic acid which gives ACV its anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
ACV helps with weight loss by breaking down fats so that your body can use them rather than store them.
A few lab studies have found that ACV may be able to kill cancer cells or slow their growth.
I swear by apple cider vinegar and try to incorporate it into my diet daily. I have the best apple cider vinegar drinks, but one really tasty (and easy) way to enjoy apple cider vinegar is with this salad dressing!
ACV Vinaigrette Ingredients
You only need a handful of ingredients to make this healthy dressing and I bet you have them all in your kitchen right now.
apple cider vinegar – this is the star of the show here. When shopping for ACV, look for a brand that’s unpasteurized with “the mother” included. This is where all the nutrients are. I personally recommend Bragg’s apple cider vinegar. It’s organic, raw and the best of the best.
extra-virgin olive oil – the neutral flavor of olive oil helps to balance the tartness of the apple cider vinegar and gives the dressing some healthy fat.
Dijon mustard – adds a little zest to the dressing and also acts as an emulsifier.
fresh garlic – fresh garlic adds a ton of yummy garlic flavor and aroma to the dressing.
sea salt and black pepper – I like to use fresh ground black pepper for sea salt for the most flavor!
How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing
This apple cider vinegar dressing is such a versatile option for a variety of recipes! Here’s how I recommend using it:
I mix my apple cider vinaigrette in a mason jar, which is easy for shaking and storing! In general though, you want to store homemade dressings in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This apple cider vinaigrette should last for up to a week in the fridge. I use these 8 oz mason jars and plastic lids for storing.
If the contents separate or solidify in the refrigerator, just let the dressing come to room temperature on the counter and then shake to combine!
1/2teaspoonfreshly ground black pepper + more if needed
Whisk to combine: Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl until combined. Or add all ingredients into a mason jar and shake to combine. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed.
Store: Store the vinaigrette in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week. If the olive oil becomes solid (this is normal), simply let the dressing sit out on the counter for 10-15 minutes and then whisk or shake to combine and serve.
Blender option: If you want the dressing to be fully emulsified and the garlic to be totally chopped you can add everything to a blender and blend until smooth.