10 Apple Cider Vinegar Recipes for Salads, Veggies and Meat

We’ve all heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but it’s apple cider vinegar that’s making headlines for its health and beauty perks these days.

And thanks to all these apple cider vinegar benefits, it’s solidified a reputation as a superfood and natural remedy for everything from halitosis to acne to weight loss.

So how do you get all these benefits – especially if you don’t want to chug the stuff everyday?

Add it into your foods, of course! You see, the best thing about apple cider vinegar is how ridiculously versatile it is, which makes it super easy to use this super food in a whole bunch of ways – from ACV smoothies to apple cider vinegar drink recipes to salad dressings and on and on.

We’ve compiled 10 awesomely delicious apple cider vinegar recipes to help you do just that. Pour these yum recipes atop your salads, drizzle ’em on your vegetables, and even use ’em to season your meat!

1. Simple ACV Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Got two minutes? Along with oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper, that’s all you need to make a simple vinaigrette at home. Trust me, it’ll beat the pants off of store-bought! This basic vinaigrette recipe yields enough vinaigrette to lightly dress a salad for four.

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What you need:

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (or a more neutral-flavored oil like grapeseed, canola, or vegetable)
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar (or balsamic, apple cider, rice, sherry, or other wine vinegar)
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • A turn of freshly ground black pepper

Optional add-ins:

  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh chopped herbs like dill, basil, parsley, cilantro, mint, or thyme (dried herbs work, too, just use 1-2 teaspoons instead)
  • A finely minced garlic clove
  • 2 teaspoons finely minced or grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped shallots, scallions, or onion
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated or crumbled Parmesan, Pecorino Romano, Gorgonzola, or feta
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes, 1 tablespoon horseradish, or 1/4 teaspoon Sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon sugar or honey


1. Add all of the ingredients to a small mason jar, screw on the lid, and shake until blended. You can also whisk the ingredients together in a bowl or whirr them together in a blender.

2. Taste and adjust seasonings if desired. Add to salad, toss, and serve.

3. Keep leftover dressing in a sealed jar in the refrigerator for 2 – 3 days.

Read more: http://www.kitchentreaty.com/how-to-make-a-simple-vinaigrette-salad-dressing/

2. Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing for Pretty Much Everything

Is it pretty common for you to marinade a whole bunch of different veggies, then throw them on the grill and call that dinner? On warmer months, I do!

apple cider vinegar recipes for salads

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What you need:

  • ⅓ cup good-quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ½ tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ tablespoon tamari sauce (or soy sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons seasoned salt (more or less to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ small white onion, minced
  • 1 small clove garlic, grated on a microplane


1. Whisk together all ingredients.
2. Store refrigerated up to 1 week.

Read more: http://www.anediblemosaic.com/best-dressing/

It’s a great dressing or marinade for grilled, steamed, or roasted veggies, as well as fish, chicken, and steak. It’s also delicious in pasta salads, bean salads, panzanella salad (Italian bread salad), or even just to dress a mix of salad greens.

3. Honey Lime Jalapeño Vinaigrette

This is a tangy, sweet dressing with a hint of lingering heat that makes you want to keep eating just one more bite.

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What you need:

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup light flavored olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2-4 small jalapeño peppers, halved with stem and seeds removed


Place the lime juice, vinegar, honey, oil and salt in the blender. Add 2 jalapeño peppers and puree until mostly smooth. Taste and add more jalapeños according to however much heat you like. Pour into a jar and refrigerate until needed. Shake well before drizzling over your favorite salad. Enjoy!

Read and find more recipes here: http://www.barefeetinthekitchen.com/2014/04/jalapeno-vinaigrette-recipe.html

4. Honey Sriracha Vinaigrette

A delicious salad dressing for all you Sriracha lovers! This honey sriracha vinaigrette dressing recipe is great on any salad, and can be tailored to your spice preference!

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Get the recipe here: http://slimsanity.com/20<14/08/honey-sriracha-vinaigrette.html

5. Bacon-Cilantro Dressing

If you’re on a Paleo diet, you’ll love to add this salad dressing recipe to your cookbook.

Bacon-Cilantro Dressing

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What you need:

  • 1 cup homemade garlic mayo
  • 1/4 cup cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 3 TBSP fresh cilantro
  • 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • splash lemon juice


Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until well combined, and drizzle over salad. Top with more bacon, if desired!

Read more: http://lifemadefull.com/bacon-cilantro-dressing/

6. Healthy Homemade French Dressing

This paleo friendly salad dressing recipe was inspired by the creator’s youngest son Nathaniel. At a mere eight years old, Nathaniel is a serious salad eater.

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What you need:

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons coconut aminos (or gluten-free soy sauce)
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon molasses (optional)
  • pinch of cloves (optional)


Combine all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until very smooth.

Makes about 2 1/2 cups French dressing. Keep refrigerated.

This healthy salad dressing recipe does contain honey so it’s not the lowest carb dressing out there but it’s great for a change of pace. Most of the ingredients are pretty basic while there are a couple of slightly more unusual additions that are optional.

7. Creamy Date Dijon Dressing (Vegan, Paleo)

Honey mustard dressing ranks in the top 10 among America’s favorite salad dressings, and it’s easy to taste why. It’s the perfect compliment to anything from lettuce greens to sandwiches to chicken fingers.

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What you need:

  • 4 large Medjool dates
  • ½ c. Dijon mustard
  • 2 T. apple cider vineger or lemon juice (I prefer ACV)
  • ⅛ t. sea salt
  • ¼ t. black pepper
  • ½ t. garlic powder
  • ¼ c. olive oil
  • 6-8 T. water, depending on how thin you like it


1. Process the dates until they are broken down and become a ball of date paste.

2. Add in the Dijon, vinegar or lemon juice, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

3. Process until combined.

4. While the processor is going, drizzle in the olive oil, and mix until combined.

5. Add in six tablespoons of water and mix until combined.

6. Taste and add in extra water if desired (I like it at six tablespoons).

7. Enjoy!

8. Honey-Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Dressings can make or break salads and this one is a keeper. It coats each and every bite perfectly.

simple and yummy apple cider vinegar recipes

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What you need:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons mustard (I like either dijon or honey mustard)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste


In a small glass jar or container with a lid, add all ingredients, put the lid on and shake vigorously until combined; taste vinaigrette and tweak as necessary to taste. Drizzle over salad, toss to combine, and serve immediately. If you don’t use all the vinaigrette, extra will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Read more and find a salad recipe perfect for this dressing here: http://www.averiecooks.com/2015/02/apple-white-cheddar-spinach-salad-honey-apple-cider-vinaigrette.html

9. Garlic & Herb Dressing

Surely a hit and easy to make salad dressing recipe using unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar.

garlic herb salad dressing recipe

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What you need:

  • 3/4 cup raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 1/2 cups extra virgin olive oil


1. Combine 3/4 cup raw apple cider vinegar, 1-2 tablespoons mayonnaise, 3 cloves minced garlic, Salt & Pepper to taste, 1 teaspoon basil and 1 teaspoon thyme.

2. Add 1 1/2 cups extra virgin olive oil and mix.


You can serve immediately but it’s best to let the flavors blend together for 1-3 hours before serving. The layers will separate so shake before serving.

For more recipe ideas see: http://littlebgcg.com/2013/08/garlic-herb-dressing.html

Food fact: Unfiltered apple cider vinegar has a cloudy appearance. Filtered Apple Cider Vinegar is much clearer. Unfiltered vinegar has enzymes and nutrients that filtered apple cider vinegar does not have.

About the Author Jessica

After growing up a perpetually pudgy kid, Jessica discovered real food - and her waistline shortly afterward. When she's not crafting concoctions in the kitchen, she spends her free time writing about food, making her own deodorant, watching sci-fi, doing headstands, and looking for gluten free food that doesn't suck.

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