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French Vinaigrette With A Maple Syrup Twist

Green Salad with a Maple Syrup Vinaigrette


March already and in Canada this means sugaring off time. The season for producing maple syrup. Maple syrup is a delicious natural product that has much more potential than just serving on pancakes. This syrup is an under utilized treasure. A treasure that is not even known in France because most French don’t even know this syrup exists. Quel dommage (what a shame!). Luckily we can find the syrup on the grocery shelves, even here in France, and we use it in lots of different foods. Add it to plain yogurt, use it on pancakes and cook meat with it. But probably one of the main reasons I use maple syrup is to make an amazing tasting salad vinaigrette!

What is a French Vinaigrette?

An authentic French vinaigrette uses the 1:3 proportion.  One part vinegar to three parts oil.  This proportion makes the vinaigrette with a softer, less acidic taste. Although the typical vinaigrette uses vegetable oil, I like to mix the type of oils to get different omega 3 and omega 6 in the diet, as well as changing the tastes. Mixed oil vinaigrette used on a daily green salad is healthy! For more reading see articles on healthy vinaigrette uses fat, and how to mix your oils in your vinaigrette.

We eat a lot of salads chez nous! Adding twists to a vinaigrette makes things more exciting. Check out this subtly sweet vinaigrette recipe made with maple syrup. Hope you enjoy this easy and taste filled healthy vinaigrette.

Maple Syrup Swirled French Vinaigrette

Prep time 5 minutes
Meal type Condiment, Salad
Authentic French Vinaigrette has a new sweet twist with the addition of maple syrup.


  • 3 tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1/3 cup Walnut Oil
  • 2/3 cups Olive Oil (Can use colza, sunflower or mixed vegetable oil as substitute)
  • 1/3 cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Grainy Mustard (Can use Dijon mustard)
  • pinch Sea Salt
  • Ground Pepper (Freshly ground)


Add maple syrup to other ingredients as the recipe calls for. Or for an interesting twist, prepare vinaigrette and swirl small amount on green salad just before serving.


Step 1
Find a clean empty jar to mix vinaigrette
Step 2
Add all ingredients to jar
Step 3
Mix thoroughly all ingredients in jar
Step 4
Serve small amount on green salad and mix salad well


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15 Responses to French Vinaigrette With A Maple Syrup Twist

  1. Regan @ The Professional Palate March 25, 2012 at 13:26 #

    ….Ah, vinaigrette…. a great use of natural maple yumminess!

    • mbrighton March 26, 2012 at 10:43 #

      Thanks Regan! Love vinaigrette and why not add a great twist? Maple syrup is a wonderful addition to many recipes.

  2. Ayla Withee @EatSimply March 21, 2012 at 17:58 #

    Looks like great minds think alike! 🙂 I had a similar idea for this month’s Redux. I will never buy bottled dressing again when a delicious vinaigrette is so simple to make! Love the idea of adding dijon mustard and using walnut oil. It would add a nice dimension of flavor.

    • mbrighton March 21, 2012 at 23:23 #

      So Funny Ayla! I saw your recipe and wrote almost the same comment on your site. Yes, walnut oil is wonderful in a vinaigrette. Love your pics on the recipe! Thanks for commenting.

  3. Danielle Omar - Food Confidence RD March 21, 2012 at 17:25 #

    Love this recipe…making it for tonight’s salad!

    • mbrighton March 21, 2012 at 23:30 #

      Thanks Danielle! Let me know how it turns out and what your kids think. My young ones (who usually either love or hate my different types vinaigrette) were only half keen on this. My two older kids (11, 12 years old) ADORED it. I also like to make a regular vinaigrette and just rain on a teaspoon of maple syrup into the whole salad separately. Mix and serve.That also tastes nice because you can really taste the maple syrup apart from the dressing.

  4. Dr Barb, Nutrition Budgeteer March 21, 2012 at 17:02 #

    This looks like a simple but tasty dressing. Can’t wait to try it. Looking forward to trying it on some mixed salad greens. Bet it would also be good on roasted aparagus.

    • mbrighton March 21, 2012 at 23:31 #

      You like roasted asparagus! Me too! Asparagus is just starting to get in season here…Can’t wait to try your idea. Thanks for your comment.

  5. Meal Makeover Mom Janice March 21, 2012 at 16:08 #

    This is similar to a dressing I make but I don’t use walnut oil. I’ll be that gives it a nice flavor. Love maple syrup in my salad dressings!

    • mbrighton March 21, 2012 at 23:32 #

      Love your site! Thanks for your comment. Yes, walnut oil is a great addition to vinaigrette. Try it!


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