Maple Syrup Salad Dressing
Maple Syrup Salad Dressing is a fantastic way to dress your salad! If you have a sweet tooth, this will highlight your day! A simple and basic salad dressing made of olive oil, vinegar, and maple syrup will bring your tastebuds high!
Don’t we all love to be surprised by a salad at a restaurant and wonder what their magic trick is? Well, this might be it! Maple syrup is the often-forgotten third ingredient in a dressing. Let me explain… we all know the basic oil and vinegar dressing, and then we learned to add a touch of mustard to emulsify our dressings or, in other words, prevent it from separating. But what cuts all this acidity from the vinegar? What balances it out? Maple syrup to the rescue! This is my dad’s beloved Maple Syrup Salad Dressing, and many other Canadian families use this secret ingredient to enhance their salads!
Why Acidifying our Salads?
Ok, let’s not generalize, but more often than not, a salad dressing on its own will make your face squeeze a few wrinkles because of its acidic content. But at the same time, we are so scared of adding any sugar anywhere because of its ‘bad reputation.’ When choosing between sucrose options, it’s worth noting that maple syrup offers the lowest amounts of sugars, calories, and carbohydrates per serving than white sugar or honey. It also includes manganese, riboflavin, zinc, magnesium, calcium, and potassium. Here is an excellent article to demystify this Golden liquid! In small quantities, maple syrup is an excellent addition to balancing vinaigrettes.
You could switch the type of vinegar, some being more acidic than others. I usually like a simple cider vinegar simply because of the aesthetic part of it. But it could easily be a dark Balsamic vinegar. It is essential to counterbalance the acid with maple syrup. I like a touch of fresh juice and mayo in my dressings, but these are optional steps.
Green Salad: a Cultural Phenomenon
Did you know French people like to eat their salad at the end of the meal? Apparently, it helps digestion. Personally, I like my green salad as a starter; it helps cut my appetite and fills me up with vitamins before adding the heavy carbs and fats. This simple green salad with Maple syrup dressing is the salad that would always be in the middle of the table back home in Canada. My mom would serve small bowls, and we would dig in and eat our salad at the same time as the main meal. How is it at your place? Does the salad go before, during, or after the main meal? Let me know in the comments!
I usually make this Maple Syrup Salad Dressing by eye, in a bowl, and that is it! But here is a more significant amount to keep in a closed jar in the refrigerator. This way, shake and serve when needed!
Other Yummy Dressings
- 75 ml olive oil
- 75 ml cider vinegar
- 50 ml maple syrup
- 50 ml mandarine juice about three mandarines or simple orange juice *Optional
- 1 tbsp mayonnaise *optional
- salt and pepper
- Simply mix all the ingredients in a jar or bowl and mix until homogenous.