Apple Balsamic Vinaigrette

Salads are a staple in the Custom Kitchen during the summer. They require zero cooking, minimal prep work, and contain a double dose of veggies. It’s a win-win (win?) all around.

The biggest issue that arises when it comes to salad time, is what to dress it with. Our favorite dressing went MIA from WholeFoods. And with the closing of the only other place in town that carried it, we were left to make it ourselves.

Mind you, this recipe has nothing to do with the old favorite. It’s just a new take on some favorite ingredients, including apple cider (yum) and balsamic vinegar (double yum).

The combination is a zing of tart with a mellow sweetness. Perfect for those crispy summer delicacies. And perhaps as a marinade.

Apple Balsamic Vinaigrette

The perfect topper for any summer (or fall) salad.

5 minPrep Time

5 minTotal Time

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  • 1 tbs onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbs honey or agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil


  1. Combine first 9 ingredients (onion through honey) in a bowl.
  2. Mix using an immersion blender for about 30 seconds.
  3. Slowly add olive oil in a steady stream while immersion blender is going*.
  4. Mix until olive oil has been completely added.
  5. Transfer to jar or other lidded container.
  6. Pour over salads, veggies, or other items to be marinaded (tofu, tempeh, fish, get the idea.)
  7. Don't have an immersion blender? That's okay. Just combine all of the ingredients into a lidded container and shake it (like a Polaroid picture) until all ingredients are sufficiently mixed.

Allergen Information

Nightshade free, dairy free, wheat free, gluten free, corn free, soy free, and egg free.


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Emily Levenson is a meditation encourager, mama, and Pittsburgh enthusiast. She recently launched a podcast called Nourish + Flourish and is a co-pilot at Propelle.


  1. Reply YUM! This sounds lovely.
  2. Reply Sounds like a delicious salad dressing. I will have to try it...and your photos are just amazing!
  3. Reply I printed out the Farside comic and sent it to a few of my communications co-workers, love it! This looks like a great way to send the asparagus in my fridge down my belly. Will definitely try this (or a variation, since I don't have any apple cider at home) tonight probably!

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