Savory, tangy, and sweet, all the sensational tastes you want from a Maple Dijon Vinaigrette dressing! Deep maple notes, tangy apple cider vinegar, and zippy dijon mustard come together to celebrate fall flavors in a delicious homemade dressing.

If you love homemade dressings, like we do, be sure to try our Homemade Honey Sesame Asian Salad Dressing that’s packed with flavor and Honey Vinaigrette Dressing made with red wine vinegar.

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Cruet with homemade maple dijon vinaigrette

Why You’ll Love Maple Dijon Dressing

  • Six simple ingredients and two minutes of prep for a delicious maple mustard dressing.
  • An all-natural and healthy alternative to store-bought dressings using real maple syrup.
  • Homemade vinaigrette won’t have high fructose corn syrup, colorings, or preservatives.
  • Dijon vinaigrette stands in as a marinade and transforms baked chicken. 
  • Versatile maple vinaigrette is a go-to for Fall Harvest Salad, oven-roasted veggies, and Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad (recipe coming soon).
Homemade Homemade Dijon mustard dressing ingredients

Ingredients For Dijon Mustard Dressing For Salad

Super easy to make, super simple ingredients, and super tasting! Makes a little over a cup and can easily be halved or doubled.

  • Dijon Mustard – more robust, sharper, and saltier than standard yellow mustard. Made with low acidic liquid (typically white wine)that increases the heat of already hotter brown and black mustard seeds.
  • Real Maple syrup – is from maple tree sap that is cooked down to a dark and thick single ingredient syrup.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – is acetic acid from fermented, crushed apples with a distinctive mouth puckering zing and a hint of apple sweetness–a hint!  
  • Olive oil – now is the time to indulge in the green, fruity and floral notes of a gorgeous extra virgin olive oil.
  • Salt & pepper – to taste. Himalayan or sea salt is best for a mustard vinaigrette.
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How To Make Dijon Mustard Dressing

Choose between three quick and easy methods to pull together a maple dijon vinaigrette. Pick your method, grab a whisk, salad cruet, a lidded jar, or blender, and make maple dijon vinaigrette magic!

(full printable recipe at the end of this post)

  • Method 1: Whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Method 2: Shake all the ingredients in a mason jar or salad cruet.
  • Method 3: Blend everything in a food processor, Nutribullet, or blender.

Serve immediately or store in the fridge in a glass jar or salad cruet until ready to use.

pouring Homemade Dijon mustard dressing on a salad

Maple Dijon Dressing Recipe Notes

  • Allow refrigerated maple mustard dressing to warm close to room temp, then shake or mix well.
  • High-quality olive oils may or may not harden when cold. Not to worry, the hardened oil “fridge-test” is a myth.*   
  • Grey Poupon Dijon gives maple dijon dressing a subtle note that differs from standard dijon mustard.
  • For extra tasty pork marinade, try soy sauce instead of vinegar, and add lime juice, garlic & rosemary.
  • You can use smooth or country style or dijon mustard, depending on your preference.
  • Toss in your favorite herbs like garlic, thyme, sage, or rosemary.

*Chef’s Note: The North American Olive Oil Association (NAOOA) has a list of certified olive oil brands. The program tests the quality and purity of oils bought directly from grocery stores.

salad served with maple dijon vinaigrette

Maple Mustard Vinaigrette Variations

If you don’t care for the taste of maple,  you can use honey in a dijon mustard vinaigrette. Although I would have to doubt that is the case, or you would have clicked on a honey dijon dressing instead of a maple mustard dressing, right? 🙂

Serving Suggestions

This maple dijon dressing is wonderful drizzled over our favorite Fall Salad with Butternut Squash, Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad as well as on our Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes With Wild Rice.

homemade Maple dijon vinaigrette next to a salad

Recipe FAQs

What can I substitute for real maple syrup?

If you don’t have real maple syrup, but want the maple flavor, add ½ to 1 tbsp of brown sugar to the honey. Don’t worry; honey isn’t as sweet as real maple syrup on a one-to-one ratio, nor does it have the same viscosity.

Instead of pure maple syrup, you can use molasses, and it adds toffee notes but is the closest flavor profile. 

Okay, if I have to say it, I will. Alas, according to a 2015 Chicago Tribune poll, 70% of Americans want and like the taste of “fake” syrup over real maple syrup. It’s your taste buds, but there goes the “no HFCS, colorings, and preservatives” in a homemade vinaigrette dressing. (I’m not judging…) 🙂

What can I use instead of apple cider vinegar?

If you need an apple cider vinegar substitute, you can use white wines, herb-flavored vinegar, lemon juice, lime juice, or soy sauce.
A delicious maple mustard dressing needs acidity to cut the sweetness and add brightness to the vinaigrette.

What can I use instead of dijon mustard?

You can choose any type of mustard you prefer. Yello mustards are made with mild yellow mustard seeds and turmeric. Spicy mustards, including Dijon-style mustards, are made with pungent brown or black mustard seeds with high heat profiles.

Why does olive oil get hard in the fridge?

Depending on the chemical compounds of the oil, which can be affected by type, region grown, season harvested, etc., as well as triglyceride levels. Many factors influence if olive oil will harden or get cloudy, including how long it remains at a low temperature.

I’d love to know all the dishes you use Dijon Mustard Dressing With Maple Syrup!

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Maple Dijon Dressing in a cruet
Maple dijon vinaigrette in a glass cruet

Dijon Mustard Dressing With Maple Syrup

Yield: about 1 cup
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

Savory, tangy, and sweet, all the sensational tastes you want from a Maple Dijon Vinaigrette dressing! Deep maple notes, tangy apple cider vinegar, and zippy dijon mustard come together to celebrate fall flavors in a delicious homemade dressing.


  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Salt & pepper too taste


  1. In a mason jar, salad cruet, or bowl combine all the ingredients for the maple dijon dressing.
  2. Use a small whisk, fork, or shake to combine all the ingredients.
  3. Serve over your favorite salad, veggies or use as a marinade. Store in the refrigerator.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 121Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 193mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 0g

Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin, and freshness of ingredients used and are just estimates. We encourage, especially if these numbers are important to you, to calculate these on your own for most accurate results.

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