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Easy Dijon and Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Courtesy Elena Besser
Prep Time:
5 mins
makes 1/2 cup dressing

Chef notes

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Technique tip: Dressing will last in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.


  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil


Combine vinegar, mustard, a three-finger pinch of salt and a couple turns of freshly ground black pepper in a bowl or Mason jar. Whisk to combine or seal the lid and shake to combine.

If using a whisk, slowly stream in the olive oil, whisking constantly. If using a Mason jar, add all the olive oil, seal the lid and shake to combine.