Summer Salads: Maple Vinaigrette

On May Long Weekend we went to stay at my parent’s house on the lake. We were hoping for a warm and fun weekend, and we were not disappointed! For the first time in recent memory, we did not have a snowfall on May Long!  Whew. Instead,  we were treated to spectacular warm weather and fabulous food!  What a great time! 

My mom, as usual, fed us well!  The highlight for me, was this Maple Vinaigrette Salad. So so good.  A flavour explosion in my mouth!  Really.

Maple Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Serve this dressing over a simple green salad, and toss in fresh chunks of mango, feta cheese and pecans.  Such a good salad.  This recipe makes a big batch of dressing, so you can keep it in your fridge to enjoy, for up to two weeks.


Maple Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/4 cups 1x


Maple Vinaigrette: (a recipe from my Mom)

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (the real stuff!)
  • 1 tbsp water (add more if you feel it needs it)
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Romaine lettuce (or Green Leaf or Butter Lettuce) torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 or 2 mangoes (cut up into bite-sized chunks)
  • Feta cheese (crumbled)
  • 1/41/2 red onion (sliced thin)
  • 1 cup pecans


  1. Blend together the vinegar, oil, sugar, syrup, water, mustard and salt.
  2. Toss with lettuce, mango, onion, cheese and pecans.
  3. Enjoy!


Save the dressing in your fridge for up to 2 weeks.

If you would like more salad recipe ideas, you can find some here!

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    May 25, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    This sounds wonderful, I love mangoes. New follower from Wandering Wednesday.

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    May 25, 2011 at 11:36 PM

    I want to make this! Another delicious salad recipe you had hiding up your sleeve 😉 I bet the
    mustard gives perfect amount of “kick”

    Delighted Momma

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    May 26, 2011 at 1:14 AM

    One of my favourite summer salads is very similar to yours. Due to a nut allergy I can’t add the pecans so I use hulled sunflower seeds (and add some fresh strawberries too). Truly delicious! I’ve been on the lookout for a homemade Maple Balsamic dressing so I was thrilled to see you had one!!! I can’t wait to give it a try. Thanks!

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    May 26, 2011 at 4:35 AM

    Oh how yummy! I love any salad with mangoes and pecans. Looks delicious! I’m stockpiling all of your salad recipes 🙂

    Star Hughes Living

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    Divvy Up Diva
    May 26, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Thanks for sharing! This looks super yummy! I am stopping by from the Strut Your Stuff Link Party. I am your newest follower and cannot wait to read more:) I would love to have you stop by my blog when you have a chance!

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    May 27, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    I would love to invite you over to THIS WEEK’S CRAVINGS linky party for Summer Salads. This recipe would be perfect, we hope you stop by and link it up! Thanks a million!

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    lenny face
    July 21, 2016 at 1:39 AM

    You just made my day! Loooove these.

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    Lenny Face
    December 25, 2016 at 3:03 AM

    I would love to invite you over to THIS WEEK’S CRAVINGS linky party for Summer Salads.

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    lenny face
    March 2, 2017 at 1:02 AM

    Thanks for sharing

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