Your autumn salads will glow with homemade creamy maple dressing. You’ll want to add it to roasted vegetables and maybe even sandwiches!

Small glass bottle of creamy maple dressing, a pepper cracker in the background.

This is a luscious autumn dressing, with notes of maple, apple, stone-ground mustard, and freshly cracked black pepper. You’ll find that it’s perfect for heartier salads of winter greens like spinach, Brussels sprouts, or kale. The creamy dressing highlights the sweet earthiness of roasted vegetables like butternut squash or sweet potatoes. The golden sugar flavor of maple complements the fresh tang of sliced apples, pears, or beets. 

Creamy maple dressing gets a little tang of its own from Greek yogurt and apple cider vinegar. With generous amounts of freshly ground black pepper and coarse mustard, it has plenty of peppy flavor. I’m so excited about this dressing. I could slurp it up like soup. And I’ve made it a little bit healthier for you, too, with only 80 calories per serving.

With this creamy maple dressing, you won’t have an excuse for not eating healthy salads. You think winter isn’t the season for salads? Think again! You might not be eating fresh leafy green salads with ripe red tomatoes but there’s plenty of salad material right now. This dressing is perfect for winter salads like a kale and pear salad, or a spinach salad with beets, almonds, and feta, or a salad with broiled apples and pecans.

It’s great for grain salads like autumn quinoa salad, with roasted butternut squash, dried cranberries, feta, and bacon. Try it on this quinoa salad with Brussels sprouts and dried apricots. Or drizzle it over warm roasted squash, sweet potatoes, roasted beets, roasted carrots, or Brussels sprouts

Liven up a ham and Swiss sandwich with creamy maple dressing. Go ahead and add a couple slices of bacon, too, while you’re at it. Or try it on a roasted turkey sandwich with Havarti and lots of arugula. 

Colorful fall harvest salad with a creamy dressing on a light wood background.

About this creamy maple dressing:

Like most homemade dressings, creamy maple dressing is easy to make. It will take you five minutes. You’ll never find dressing this good at a grocery store! All you need is a small bowl, a whisk, and the following ingredients:

  • plain yogurt, either Greek or regular
  • mayonnaise (just a couple tablespoons to smooth out the flavor)
  • real maple syrup, the darker the better
  • apple cider vinegar
  • coarse stone ground mustard (you can substitute Dijon but coarse ground mustard is really better for this dressing)
  • a generous amount of coarsely ground black pepper
  • salt

If you like, use a small blender, mini food processor, or stick blender to mix the dressing. I have a little Ninja food processor that is perfect for dressings.

Creamy maple black pepper dressing in a small glass jar with a pour spout and handle.

How to make this salad dressing your own:

  • Use all mayonnaise instead of yogurt. Or all yogurt instead of mayonnaise. Or skip both and make a vinaigrette that isn’t creamy.
  • Increase or decrease the amount of black pepper, depending on your taste.
  • Too sweet? Decrease the amount of maple syrup or add a bit more vinegar.
  • Try balsamic vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar.
  • Add a teaspoon or two of finely chopped fresh herbs after blending the dressing. Good choices would be rosemary, thyme, sage, or oregano.

Colorful salad with creamy white dressing.

Storage Tips

Refrigerate leftover salad dressing in a small glass jar with a tight lid for a week.

Shake well before serving.

Creamy light colored dressing with black specks, in a clear glass bottle.

More tasty ways to top a salad!

The dressing makes the salad, am I right? Don’t settle for boring bottles of salad dressing. Try making your own! It’s easy, economical, and your dressing is always fresh. Try:

 

Colorful fall salad with dressing, a tipped over pepper mill also pictured.

Small glass bottle of creamy maple dressing, a pepper cracker in the background.

Creamy Maple Dressing with Black Pepper

Yield: 3/4 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Your autumn salads will glow with homemade creamy maple dressing. You'll want to add it to roasted vegetables and maybe even sandwiches!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt, Greek or regular
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon coarse stone ground mustard, or 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk all ingredients until combined. Or add all ingredients to a small jar, shake until blended. 
  2. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Notes

  • Use all mayonnaise instead of yogurt. Or all yogurt instead of mayonnaise. Or skip both and make a vinaigrette that isn't creamy.
  • Increase or decrease the amount of black pepper, depending on your taste.
  • Too sweet? Decrease the amount of maple syrup or add a bit more vinegar.
  • Try balsamic vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar.
  • Add a teaspoon or two of finely chopped fresh herbs. Good choices would be rosemary, thyme, sage, or oregano.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 80Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 413mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 1g

RachelCooks.com sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietitian. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.

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