If you're looking for a quick and easy, flavorful salad dressing you can whip up in a few minutes, this maple dijon dressing will do nicely! Just three ingredients and it's oil-free! This recipe satisfies vegan, whole food plant-based, oil-free, nut-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and general lifestyles.
This is one of those salad dressings that we enjoy regularly. Since the flavors go well with most plant-based foods, it is wonderful on any salad and especially great for grain salads and buddha bowls. It's light, fresh, and is tasty enough that it might help you eat more salad than you'd planned!
If you're looking for a richer dressing, try my 5-Minute Tahini Balsamic Salad Dressing.
Ingredients & Variations
There are only three ingredients in this recipe.
Maple syrup: Maple goes really well with mustard. Date syrup is a good sweet alternative, but will not have that maple flavor.
Dijon mustard: Dijon has the right kind of bright flavor for this dressing. That said, you could use any mustard.
Lemon juice: Fresh lemon juice is best; apple cider vinegar can be substituted.
Want to mix it up a bit? Try adding the following:
Hot sauce: Spice it up with a dash or two.
Fresh herbs: Any you'd like can be minced and added to this dressing or directly to your salad.
Too strong? Add some filtered water to soften the flavors.
See recipe for quantities.
Here are the tools you'll need for this recipe:
A knife and cutting board for slicing the lemon in half.
A juicer for extracting the juice from the lemon.
A liquid measuring cup for measuring the lemon juice and combining the ingredients.
Measuring spoons for measuring the other ingredients.
A small sealed container if storing.
It is so easy to make this recipe. No machines required!
Juice the lemon.
Measure the juice in a liquid measuring cup.
Add the mustard and maple syrup.
Whisk and serve!
Tip: Collecting and combining it all in a liquid measuring cup is efficient. If you don't have one, use a jar or small bowl instead.
This dressing is best used the same day, since it contains fresh lemon juice. It can be stored sealed in the fridge for up to three days. It can be frozen in ice cube trays for up to 3 months.
Besides dijon mustard and maple syrup, contains a third ingredient that brings a fresh, bright flavor: lemon juice.
Mustard is the primary flavor of this dressing, with maple syrup bringing a sweet counterpart and lemon juice a bright, fresh flavor. The three work well together and the flavor has a nice balance.
Looking for other salad dressing recipes? Try these:
These recipes go well with this dressing:
Maple Dijon Dressing Recipe
- small jar or other small container
- measuring spoons
- ¼ cup lemon juice about one large lemon
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard heaping
- 4 teaspoons maple syrup or date syrup
- Juice the lemon and place the jar in a liquid measuring cup, jar, or small bowl.
- Add the dijon mustard and maple syrup, then whisk until well combined.
- Serve over salad, whole grains, beans, or anything you'd like!
- Best served same day. Store any remaining in a sealed refrigerated container for up to three days.
general food safety
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands and ingredients well before using
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove