This Low-Carb Maple Mustard Vinaigrette recipe makes the perfect dressing for fall and winter greens. This delicious dressing can be part of a low-carb, keto, Atkins, diabetic, dairy-free, or gluten-free diet.

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Low-Carb Maple Mustard Vinaigrette - in a bottle.


The Recipe

This Low-Carb Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette boasts a hint of maple sweetness balanced out with the bright flavors of mustard and apple cider vinegar. An olive oil base loads it up with anti-oxidants.

The final dressing whisks up into creamy maple goodness with a touch of tart apple. What could be a better combination for fall salads?

While this certainly isn’t the first salad dressing to combine maple and mustard, it does so in a way that keeps it low-carb. Instead of using maple syrup, which would have knocked it off the chart for carb content, I used a bit of maple flavor and combined it with a sprinkling of sweetener. The result–maple goodness without the carbs.


The Inspiration

This dressing began as part of an autumn salad recipe I’ve been working on. At first, I was planning to pair it with a simple vinaigrette. Then, I decided I wanted to take the salad to a new level, so I started contemplating what flavors would work well with the roasted squash and baby kale I had in the salad.

While real maple syrup may be made in the late winter, the flavor combines well with the flavors of fall. It adds a bit of sweetness to winter squash and pumpkin and enhances dishes with nuts and sweet spices. 

I decided to use apple cider vinegar instead of a typical balsamic for this dressing. Apples are synonymous with fall for me, so apple cider vinegar just seemed like the right choice for a fall dressing.


Low-Carb Maple Mustard Vinaigrette- served on a salad.


Tips and Tricks

You can make this dressing ahead and store it in a covered jar in the refrigerator. Olive oil can partially solidify in the refrigerator, so you may need to allow it to sit at room temperature for a few minutes before serving.

After it warms up, simply give it a good shake before serving to bring back that creamy texture. 

This dressing holds up well to winter greens such as baby kale, spinach and cress. While it was developed as a salad dressing, it would also be delicious trickled over cooked greens such as turnip greens, chard, or beet greens.

In addition, this dressing would make a delicious marinade. It would pair especially well with pork. 


Low-Carb Maple Mustard Vinaigrette-On a salad.

Final Words

This Low-Carb Maple Mustard Vinaigrette adds a touch of maple mustard goodness to any salad. It’s perfect for fall, but really could be used any time of the year. Enjoy!


Maple Mustard Vinaigrette recipe

Did you know that some salad dressings are loaded with sugar? When you make this Low-Carb Maple Mustard Vinaigrette you get all the flavor, but no sugar. 😋

Low-Carb Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette-Recipe image
5 from 5 votes

Low-Carb Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

This Low-Carb Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe makes the perfect dressing for fall and winter greens. This delicious dressing can be part of a low-carb, keto, Atkins, diabetic, dairy-free, or gluten-free diet.

Course Condiment
Cuisine American, low-carb
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 85 kcal
Author Annissa Slusher



  1. Place all ingredients in a small mixing bowl.

    Low-Carb Maple Mustard Vinaigrette-ingredients in a bowl
  2. Whisk together until the consistency becomes creamy. 

    Low-Carb Maple Mustard Vinaigrette-mixed
Nutrition Facts
Low-Carb Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette
Amount Per Serving (1 tablespoon)
Calories 85 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 133mg6%
Potassium 2mg0%
Carbohydrates 0g0%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 0g0%
Vitamin A 0%0%
Vitamin C 0%0%
Calcium 0%0%
Iron 0%0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.