Maple and Apple Cider Vinaigrette
This perfectly sweet and savory apple cider vinaigrette is soon to become a fall favorite as it boasts of crisp fall apples, tart and tangy lemon and earthy shallots. Try this over your favorite fall salad or use it as a delicious marinade.
Easy is what I am always looking for when prepping a meal for my busy family. This vinaigrette/marinade is perfect for your favorite fall harvest salads and as a beautifully sweet and earthy marinade for chicken, pork, or seafood! I love to marinate a succulent pork tenderloin in this vinaigrette the night before and serve it with some roasted squash on a bed of greens, topped off with more of this sweet tart dressing. So easy you’ll wonder why you ever bought store bought dressings or marinades!
Why Apples are So Good For You!
Who doesn’t love a crisp, sweet apple? Aside from how tasty and delicious they are, they are super nutritious and should be part of a whole food diet. Apples originated from Kazakhstan in central Asia and finally made their way to America in the late 1600’s by French Jesuits .
Thank goodness we have apple for our applesauce, apple pies, apple crisp, apple cider, apple muffins, and so much more! Apples are full of nutrients that keep you healthy and nourished, let’s take a look!
- Vitamin B1 (thiamine): A water soluble vitamin that is essential in glucose metabolism and supports health heart and nervous system function.
- Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine): There are many benefits from a diet rich in vitamin B6. It plays a role in our immune health, metabolism, and brain health. Vitamin B6 is essential in creating neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, which play a role in emotional health and sleep .
- Vitamin C (ascorbic acid/antioxidant): A powerful antioxidant that reduces oxidative stress, improves the absorption of non-heme iron, supports the immune system, and healthy bones .
- Vitamin E: (antioxidant): Supports immune function and works to regulate free radicals that cause cellular damage and supports the immune system, vision and healthy skin.
- Vitamin K: Fat soluble vitamin that supports the body’s ability to form blood clots and is converted to vitamin K2 in the gut and supports healthy bones .
- Copper: Essential mineral in the formation of red blood cells and in supporting cardiovascular health and immune function .
- Potassium: An essential electrolyte necessary in nervous system function, metabolism, hydration, and in regulating your heartbeat .
Apples are full or insoluble and soluble fiber that supports the digestive system as well as overall health.
- Insoluble fiber: bulking fiber that keeps things moving along through the digestive system promoting healthy detoxification and waste removal.
- Soluble fiber: absorbs water and gels in the digestive tract slowing the absorption of carbohydrates therefor supporting blood sugar regulation and feeds the beneficial bacteria in the microbiome.
Phytochemicals (Antioxidants): Apples are loaded with phytochemicals, which are organic compounds found in produce and are beneficial for health. The richer the color of the fruit or vegetable, the more phytonutrients it contains. Here are a few of the ones found in apples:
- Quercetin: A flavonoid that neutralizes free radicals, reduces inflammation, fights cancer, and supports vessel and heart health.
- Catechin: Also abundant in green tea, catechins reduce oxidative stress and prevent cellular damage and have strong anti-inflammatory properties.
- Gallic acid: Powerful antioxidant that has anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and antimicrobial properties .
- Coumaric acid: Powerful phytonutient that has antimicrobial, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties to support health.
So grab some lovely, crisp apples and let’s get cooking!
Maple and Apple Cider Vinaigrette Ingredients
Makes about 12 ounces
2 Tbsp Shallot, finely diced
1 Fresh Lemon, Juiced
1-2 Tbsp Pure Maple Syrup
1/2 cup Unfiltered Unsweetened Apple Cider
1/2 cup Unfiltered EVOO
1 tsp No Sugar Added Coarse Dijon Mustard
1 Tbsp Fresh Thyme
1/2 tsp Fine Sea Salt or Pink Salt
1/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper
How to Make Maple and Apple Cider Vinaigrette
1. Mince the shallot and add it to a 16 ounce jar with a lid.
2. Add the EVOO, lemon juice (check out my favorite citrus juicer), maple syrup, apple cider, mustard and spices, cover and shake to combine.
3. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for later!
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Q: How do I keep the vinaigrette from separating?
A: You could try and add a bit more dijon mustard to it, but that will alter the flavor some.
Q: How long will vinaigrette keep?
A: This will last about 3-4 days in an airtight container stored in the refrigerator.
Q: Could I use a different oil for an apple cider vinaigrette?
A: Absolutely! Try to stick with either an avocado oil or with a good EVOO.
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