Simple Maple Vinaigrette
Sometimes a simple dressing is all a salad needs. The dressing is extremely adaptable and customizable to whatever greens and toppings you have. The recipe below is for a basic vinaigrette, but I also provided a few ideas to make this dressing even more versatile.
4 tbsp pure maple syrup (preferably "Dark-Robust")
3 tsp dijon mustard
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar (you can substitute whatever vinegar pairs best with your dish)
1/2 cup evoo
fresh ground pepper to taste
Add all ingredients into a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake very well. Add pepper to taste.
add 1 tbsp of finely chopped shallot and/or shallot and let sit for a bit (great for when there's bacon on the salad or if using as a marinade)
add the juice of 1/2 a lemon for a little zing
add fresh chopped herbs (basil, thyme, dill, or lemon balm) - tasty on delicate greens
use a grainy, spicy, or milder mustard to add a different taste or to add texture
play around with your vinegar choice - try using some infused vinegar (basil infused is great), but raw ACV is a great choice for some added health benefits