A while back, I published a neat infographic focused on a 2-Day Post Holiday Detox that got a lot of attention on Pinterest.
I received emails asking for a recipe for Apple Cider Vinaigrette, a key ingredient in the 2-Day Detox, so I decided to post my recipe to the blog.
How Apple Cider Vinegar Is Made
Apple cider vinegar is obviously made from apples. Apples are first crushed and the juices are extracted.
Next, bacteria and yeast are added to the juice and this is where the fermentation process begins. The sugar in the juice is converted to alcohol.
Finally, the alcohol is converted to vinegar by acetic acid-forming bacteria.
Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother
The second step of the fermentation process creates a bacteria called “the mother”. If you purchase an apple cider vinegar and it has a cloudy appearance near the bottom of the bottle, this is likely the “mother”.
You should also read the label as the company will tell you whether or not the “mother” is still in the vinegar.
The “mother” contains a lot of healthy strains of bacteria (probiotics) as well as enzymes and vinegars that still contain the “mother” are great for your health.
Apple Cider Vinegar Health Benefits
Before I share the recipe below, I want to share a few key points on some of the health benefits of apple cider vinegar.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar may lower glucose levels
2. Apple Cider Vinegar may lower cholesterol
3. Apple Cider Vinegar may lower blood pressure
4. Apple Cider Vinegar may lower your chances for certain types of cancers
5. Apple Cider Vinegar may help you lose weight
While some serious “dieters” will just pour Apple Cider Vinegar straight onto their salad, I prefer to mix a little bit of ingredients together and make a yummy vinaigrette.
Below is a VERY simple recipe. Remember, the key is adjust flavorings/amounts to your liking, but here’s a starter to get you going.
The key to great apple cider vinaigrette for me is to adjust the flavorings until you get the flavor you desire.
Most times I prefer a tart and sweeter vinaigrette and other times I opt for a subtle, smooth tasting dressing.
It really depends on what you’re serving it with and your mood! Enjoy!
I’d love to hear how you adjust the recipe to your liking.
- 2-4 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar (to taste)
- 1/4 Cup of Olive Oil (to taste)
- Sweetener to taste
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Garlic powder to taste
- Splash of lemon juice (optional)
- Zest of 1/2 lemon (optional)
- Dijon mustard to taste (optional)
- Pour apple cider vinegar into bowl.
- Slowly whisk in oil (keep tasting until you achieve the balance you prefer– I enjoy more on the tart side).
- Add your sweetener, salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste.
- For that added zing, add a splash of lemon juice.
- For an extra added zing, add zest of 1/2 lemon.