We’re obsessed with this sugar free, gluten-free apple cider vinaigrette! It’s made with raw apple cider vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil and lemon juice. Drizzle it on your favorite salad to give it a delicious kick.
This post has been updated with more helpful tips, new photos, and a video.
After enjoying a delicious Thanksgiving dinner and then feasting on the leftovers for several days, I knew that my family was in need of something especially healthy to start off the week.
Yesterday, I tossed together an extra big salad for lunch and decided to try something new with the dressing.
My final creation was this beautiful low carb apple cider vinaigrette recipe: one hundred percent gluten free and one hundred percent nourishing to your body.
The Power of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
For several years, I’ve been using Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with olive oil as a dressing on my salads.
Raw apple cider vinegar has a host of health benefits from improving digestion to alleviating heartburn to maintaining healthy skin.
Despite its acidic taste, raw apple cider vinegar alkalizes the body, balancing your pH, to help you fight off disease and inflammation.
I especially like Bragg’s because it contains the “mother” of the vinegar: strands of proteins, enzymes, and friendly bacteria.
To soften the sharp taste of the apple cider vinegar, I also added several special ingredients to my vinaigrette dressing: garlic, Dijon mustard, and lemon juice.
To make this homemade vinaigrette, you’ll only need seven more ingredients.
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• Extra-virgin olive oil is highly nutritious. It adds a unique flavor to the vinaigrette. You can substitute it with another type of oil, such as avocado oil if you prefer.
• Dijon mustard provides flavor and also keeps the oil and vinegar from separating. I love organic Annie’s Homegrown with its French country flavor and gourmet taste. Yum.
• Lemon juice is an excellent source of vitamin C and adds a bright citrus flavor that complements the acidity of the apple cider vinegar.
• Fresh garlic infuses savory flavor into our vinaigrette.
• If you prefer your dressing a little sweet, I use this brand of stevia because I have found that it doesn’t have a back taste. Give it a try or go with whichever sweetener you prefer.
• Finally, season with salt and pepper. I use white pepper which has a milder more earthy taste than black pepper. Black pepper will work in this recipe too.
*Free printable recipe card is available at the end of the post.
Simply, combine all of the ingredients in a jar, cover and shake until well combined. It’s that easy!
Pro tips and recipe notes
Can I use a different type of vinegar in this recipe?
While apple cider vinegar is the star of this recipe, you can experiment with other types of vinegar if you prefer.
How can I know which olive oil is best?
To be sure that you’re buying a high-quality olive oil, look for an extra virgin olive oil (EVOO); otherwise, it has been chemically refined.
For the freshest olive oil, check the harvest date on the label and make sure it is within one year. The oil should come in a dark glass bottle and be stored in a cool, dark cabinet.
Read more about the extraordinary health benefits of extra virgin olive oil.
Is it possible to use this vinaigrette on other dishes besides salads?
Absolutely! While it works wonderfully as a salad dressing, this vinaigrette can also be used as a marinade for grilled vegetables or chicken, or as a flavorful dip for raw vegetables.
Can I add additional ingredients to personalize the vinaigrette?
Certainly! Feel free to get creative and add other ingredients such as herbs, spices, or even a touch of honey or maple syrup for your sweetener. Customize it to your taste preferences.
How can I store this vinaigrette for later use?
Store this apple cider vinaigrette in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. Just give it a good shake before using it again.
My final salad dressing concoction was a lively blend of mustard with a hint of tang from the vinegar. It was the perfect way to add a little zest to the salad greens.
Can it be true? Yes, yes! Some things that are delicious are also remarkably good for you too.
This tasty dressing will give you that much-needed energy boost to start your week and will also help supercharge your immune system in the winter months.
Have a happy and healthy week!
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Gluten Free Apple Cider Vinaigrette: A Nourishing Delight
- Combine all of the ingredients in a jar, cover and shake until well combined.
- Sweeten with Stevia if you prefer your dressing a little sweet.
- Spoon over your favorite salad and toss.
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