Maple Balsamic Dressing - BASICS Recipe


This recipe was developed by Quabbin Harvest board member Cristina Garcia. This versatile dressing is made with ingredients that are part of our BASICS program, which offers pantry staples at very affordable prices. 


Maple Balsamic Dressing

Feed your family the BASICS

Cost at Quabbin Harvest: Only 21 cents per serving!

Store bought dressings range in price from 32 to 50 cents per ounce! Skip the preservatives and make your own today. This is an emulsified dressing, meaning that the oil is slowly whisked in to avoid separation. The result is a smooth dressing that will coat the back of a spoon. For added convenience, reuse a squeezable bottle to store dressing.


Yield: 5 cups (40 one-ounce servings)


2 tablespoons dijon or stone ground mustard

1/3 cup water

1/3 cup maple syrup             

1/4 cup tamari or soy sauce

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon pasted garlic (1/2 oz, about 3 cloves)

2 cups neutral oil (sunflower or canola are great)     


In a medium bowl whisk together all ingredients except oil. Very slowly drizzle in the oil while whisking continuously. Can be kept in the fridge for up to a month.


Alternatively, all ingredients can be shaken vigorously in a jar with a tight fitting lid. Non-emulsified oil will congeal in the fridge, so take the dressing out about 15 minutes before using and shake well before serving.



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