Maple Vinaigrette

Maple Vinaigrette

Makes 1-1/2 cups                

Serving a salad to kids can be like mixing oil and vinegar: They just don't go together without some coaxing. But with a creative approach, the right ingredients and a mild, smooth dressing, even the pickiest eaters can learn to love salad. Get kids involved in the preparation: At the store, make salad selection a game. Ask little helpers to spot differences between romaine and Boston lettuce or choose the "best" bag of baby carrots. At home, even young children can slosh lettuce leaves in a bowl of water and place them in a colander. As for kid-friendly dressings, it's all about having a touch of sweetness in the mix, but avoid refined sugars and rely instead on juice, maple syrup and honey.

  • 1Servings


  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. maple syrup
  • 2 to 2 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


Whisk all ingredients together.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 91
  • Carbohydrate Content: 2 g
  • Fat Content: 9 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 1 g
  • Sodium Content: 26 mg
  • Sugar Content: 2 g