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Grainy Mustard Vinaigrette (Easy 5-Ingredient Recipe)

5-Ingredient Grainy Mustard Vinaigrette is the ‘verve’ behind standout salads, this version flavored with maple syrup, both easy and tasty.

This version of a basic Dijon mustard vinaigrette recipe is not only scrumptious atop crunchy salads but is also true pizzazz when drizzled over vegetable sides. For me, the best way to enjoy this is on a baked potato with nothing more than black pepper, fresh herbs, and green salad.

It’s simple ingredients and healthy eating 101, really. Unlike Dijon vinaigrettes which specify citrus juice like lemon juice, mine uses apple cider vinegar. Emulsified with whole grain mustard and extra-virgin olive oil, this yields a slightly less acidic result.

Try your hand at preparing ‘French style’ and use an immersion blender directly in the bottom of a small bowl you’ll be tossing in. Regardless of assembly or what kind of salad you are planning, the components of this homemade vinaigrette are best mixed when at room temperature.

No immersion blender? Use a Mason jar with a tight-fitting lid instead.

a glass bowl on a white surface with grainy mustard vinaigrette salad dressing and tomatoes

Ingredients for My Mustard Vinaigrette Recipe

  • whole grain mustard
  • maple syrup
  • apple cider vinegar (may substitute a quality Champagne or white wine vinegar)
  • fresh apple cider
  • extra-virgin olive oil

optional

  • Kosher salt
  • black pepper
pecans and celery and apple slices on curly endive, with vinaigrette
5-Ingredient Grainy Mustard Vinaigrette atop a curly endive and celery salad.

How to Make Mustard Vinaigrette

Gather and Measure Out Ingredients

Gather all of the specified ingredients. When considering these ingredients, do not substitute if you can help it, and grab for the best you can source.

The fewer the ingredients, the more important starting with the best you can buy becomes. Measure everything out and allow all, including the fresh apple cider which should otherwise always be refrigerated, to room temperature.

Combine the Ingredients

Once the components are at room temperature, add everything together into a small bowl, Mason jar, or other. Emulsify with a wire whisk, an immersion blender, mini food processor, or by shaking in an airtight container.

Taste for Flavor and Evaluate Viscosity

Taste! If you feel you need Kosher salt or black pepper, by all means add it. If your dressing is too thin, add more maple syrup or whole grain mustard. If too thick, add additional cider.

Modifying the Norm to Make It Not Entirely Average

If you are the home cook who likes the tangy flavor combinations in this ingredient list and enjoy garlic, rub a couple of cut garlic cloves around the bowl you will be using for this dressing. It’s a nice light touch but will ONLY work in a ceramic bowl, not a stainless-steel bowl.

If due to digestive issues whole grain mustard is off-limits, use a stone-ground regular mustard in lieu.

Honey is a natural emulsifier and will act as a good stand-in for maple syrup if preferred.

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Grainy Mustard Vinaigrette

Jenny from Not Entirely Average
5-Ingredient Grainy Mustard Vinaigrette is the ‘verve’ behind standout salads, this version flavored with maple syrup, both easy and tasty.
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Servings: 4 servings
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 4 servings
Calories 72 kcal

Equipment

  • immersion blender or small food processor or jar with tight-fitting lid
  • small bowl

Ingredients
 

  • 1 teaspoon whole grain mustard at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon real maple syrup at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil at room temperature
  • 1/8 to 1/4 cup fresh apple cider at room temperature

optional

  • Kosher salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Beginning with 1/8-cup of fresh cider, add all ingredients to a small bowl, Mason jar, or other. Emulsify with a wire whisk, an immersion blender, mini food processor, or by shaking in an airtight container.
  • Taste! If you feel you need Kosher salt or black pepper, add it. If your dressing is too thin, add more maple syrup or whole grain mustard. If too thick, add additional cider.

Notes

Please Note that table salt and iodized salt are NOT substitutions for Kosher salt. Do not use table salt or iodized salt in any of the recipes you find on Not Entirely Average UNLESS specified otherwise.
Store Leftover Vinaigrette in a jar or other airtight container with tight-fitting lid. Refrigerate up to 5 days. Shake well before serving.
Substitute Whole Grain Mustard with a stone-ground regular mustard in lieu. 
Substitute Real Maple Syrup with honey in lieu.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 72kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 0.1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 15mgPotassium: 19mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword maple, mustard vinaigrette, salad dressing, vinaigrette
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