Creating an apple cider dressing using real apple cider is a wonderful idea! Here's a simple recipe for an apple cider vinaigrette that you can use to dress salads or other dishes.
1/2 cup real apple cider
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1-2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup (adjust to taste)
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Reduce Apple Cider: Heat the apple cider over medium heat in a small saucepan. Let it simmer and reduce to about 1-2 tablespoons. This will concentrate the flavor.
Cool the Reduced Cider: Allow the reduced apple cider to cool completely. This will be a concentrated apple flavor that will enhance the dressing.
Prepare the Dressing: In a mixing bowl, combine the reduced apple cider, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, and honey or maple syrup. Whisk together until well combined.
Emulsify the Dressing: Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while continuously whisking the mixture. This will help the dressing emulsify and come together.
Season: Season the dressing with salt and pepper to taste. Adjust sweetness and acidity by adding more honey or apple cider vinegar.
Refrigerate: Transfer the dressing to an airtight container and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
Serve: Shake or whisk the dressing before using. Drizzle over your favorite salads or use as a marinade for meats or vegetables.
Enjoy your apple cider vinaigrette on salads or as a flavorful marinade!