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.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Author Emily Levenson |


  • 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.)

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 learning to trust her gut all over again. She is committed to listening to AND following the nuggets of wisdom her gut has been dishing out for decades. You can follow Emily's journey here on the blog, through the Nourish + Flourish podcast, and through her posts on Instagram.

3 comments / Add your comment below

  1. 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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