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Creamy Maple Dressing

Not salad season, you say? Our creamy maple dressing, with stone-ground mustard and cider vinegar, begs to differ.


creamy maple salad dressing in a bowl with a spoon

Creamy Maple Dressing—You Don’t Really Need a Hard Sell On This One, Do You?

Slightly sweet, this autumnal maple vinaigrette dressing recipe will make a year-round salad eater out of just about anyone. Tangy and rich all at once, keeping a jar of this perfect-for-fall salad dressing around is a guaranteed way to encourage vegetable-eating long into the winter doldrums.

ingredients for creamy maple dressing in small bowls

Five Ingredients + 30 Seconds = Maple-Mustard Dressing

You can call it maple syrup dressing when you’re trying to get your kids to eat their vegetables, and call it maple vinaigrette when you drizzle it over shaved brussel sprouts on Thanksgiving. Whatever you call it, we’re pretty sure it’ll be a fast favorite. In addition to salt and pepper, simply whisk together:

  • mayonnaise
  • olive oil
  • maple syrup
  • stone-ground mustard
  • apple cider vinegar

And that’s it! You made maple vinaigrette!

creamy maple salad dressing in a black bowl

Maple Syrup Salad Dressing Plays Well With:

Big, balanced flavors make this autumnal vinaigrette recipe an easy favorite. Plus, it keeps well in the fridge (up to two weeks!) so you can make a big batch and use it to dress up whatever vegetables you’ve got around. We especially love to serve this creamy maple vinaigrette with:

  • That elegant shaved brussel sprout salad we mentioned earlier.
  • A fall spinach salad, with roasted squash, walnuts and crumbled feta.
  • Drizzled over whole roasted carrots.
  • Actually, it’s delicious on any and every roasted root vegetables. Your CSA will thank you!
creamy maple salad dressing in a bowl with a spoon

Tools You’ll Need:

  • An immersion blender
  • Or, a good bowl and whisk.

Banish the Bottle(d Salad Dressing)

Once you taste how truly delicious homemade salad dressing can be, there’s no going back to the store-bought, ultra-processed stuff. And that’s a good thing! We hope this salad dressing recipe is a hit in your home—let us know how it goes over! Snap a photo of your finished creamy maple syrup dressing and tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper. Happy eating!

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Creamy Maple Dressing

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  5 min
  • Cook Time:  5 min
  • Calories: 174


  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp stone ground mustard
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients until smooth. Alternatively, blend all ingredients in a jar using an immersion blender. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories174
  • Protein0 g
  • Carbohydrates9 g
  • Total Fat16 g
  • Dietary Fiber0 g
  • Cholesterol3 mg
  • sodium465 mg
  • Total Sugars9 g

Creamy Maple Dressing

Questions & Reviews

Join the discussion below.

  • Hollie

    What is a serving? 2 Tbsp?

    Thank you!

    We don't currently have yield for this recipe.

  • Eve

    I can’t wait to try this dressing! There is a restaurant near me that sells a specialty salad that has cranberries, feta cheese, roasted pecans, Granny Smith apples & a Vermont maple dressing. I love that salad. I hope this dressing is similar. I am going to give it a try but I was wondering what brand of mayonnaise did you use/recommend for this recipe?

    Honestly, whatever mayonnaise you normally buy will work just fine. Just make sure it is regular and not reduced fat. Hope you enjoy Eve!

  • Lembach,

    Is there a substitute for the mayo in the dressing or can you just leave it out without a substitute?

    The dressing won't be particularly creamy without the mayo. You could try using a bit more oil instead of mayo, but it would be quite different!

  • Stephanie

    Hi! Do you have any sub suggestions for the ACV? It's not an ingredient I use very commonly so I'm not sure if it's worth me going out and getting a bottle of. Thanks in advance!

    I would use lemon juice or white wine vinegar.

  • Lori

    Love this dressing, good on so many things.

    Thanks Lori, we are so glad you love this one!

  • Hollie

    This dressing is amazing - absolutely loved it! Just wish it wasn’t so high in calories. Definitely give it 5 stars!

    Thanks Hollie, we are so glad you enjoyed it!

  • Eve

    I finally made this dressing and it is delicious! I used Duke’s mayonnaise. Taste very similar to the restaurant near me that has a salad I wanted to recreate. I will be making this dressing often. Thank you for this recipe! Next, I’m going to try it on brussel sprouts as you suggested.

    Thanks Eve, we are so happy you loved it! Can't wait for you to try it on Brussels sprouts, SO GOOD!

  • Ellie

    When I found this recipe I was a little nervous about what my sister would think of it because she's a picky eater but she LOVED it. Every time I mention brussels sprouts she yells "MAKE THE DRESSING TOO!!"

  • Emily

    I love this dressing! I make it very often. Glad I found it.

    Yay! So glad.