Apple Cider Vinegar & Balsamic Vinaigrette + My Favorite ACV Recipes

There are certain items in my pantry that I always have to have, SPICES (cumin, chili flakes, cinnamon, turmeric, to name the top 4 of my like 20!), vinegars (ACV, balsamic, red wine, and rice wine), pasta, a variety of flours and grains, and dried fruit. My favorite items are those that are versatile, and can be used multiple ways, such as coconut oil and apple cider vinegar! I use coconut oil a bit in baking,, but actually use it mostly for my homemade deodorant. Mostly, I love my Apple Cider Vinegar! I use it often in salad dressings, take a shot every morning, and use it weekly to wash my hair (<< I’ve been doing this for almost 2 years and have yet to post my routine, oops.) So when Swanson Vitamins came out with their own Apple Cider Vinegar, I knew I just had to try it!


What was most important to me, was that the Vinegar was:

– Raw
– Unfiltered
– Unpasteurized
and most importantly…
– Contained The Mother

Why is this important? Well first off, it tastes much better: it has a clear, tangy taste, just like I love. The “mother” is what gives the vinegar the health benefits: it is a “complex of proteins, enzymes, fiber and friendly bacteria” that is at the bottom of every bottle.

I received it about a month ago, and have been using it the same way I’ve always used vinegar (before, my staples were Braggs or Whole Foods 365 brand!): a shot every morning, in salad dressings, to cook, and as conditioner. Check out Swanson’s post for 30 Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar ! Then, you can purchase their new ACV on their site, for an awesome low price!

Lately, I’ve been enjoying the Apple Cider Vinegar in a salad dressing. I actually even whipped this up to take to FriendsGiving for my Quidditch Team!


Apple Cider + Balsamic Vinaigrette
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
  1. 1/4c aged balsamic vinegar
  2. 1/2c raw apple cider vinegar
  3. pinch: celtic sea salt, black pepper, turmeric
  4. 1/2 tsp dijon mustard*
  5. 2 tsp hummus*
  6. 4-8 tbsp EVOO (or oil of choice)
  1. Mix together all ingredients except for oil. Whisk to combine so no chunks of hummus/mustard remain. Or, blend to combine.
  2. Slowly stream in the oil and whisk fast or blend to combine. Season to taste.
  1. I used sabra hummus spreads, cracked black pepper
Masala Girl Travels
I just tossed it with a baby kale salad with with cranberries, pecans, diced apples, and some shaved parm.

Now, here are several other great Apple Cider Vinegar recipes from some of my favorite bloggers! Most of them are raw, so you get the full benefits. But I also discovered that it works miracles in baking!

My Favorite Recipes With Apple Cider Vinegar

A Morning “Cocktail” | Sprint 2 The Table

ACV + Seltzer Water | Healthy Helper

Apple Cider Vinegar, Wild Blueberry & Ginger Shrub | Fermented Food Lab


Sweet Dijon Vinaigrette | The Full Helping


Tahini + Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing | Masala Girl Travels

Apple Dressing | Le Creme de la Crumb


“Nutrient Dense” Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing | Fermented Food Lab


Almond Dressing + Curried Brussels Sprout Salad | Hummusapien

Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Tahini Dressing | The Full Helping

Braised Red Cabbage and Apples | Nutritiouslicious


Blueberry BBQ Sauce | Sprint 2 The Table


Apple Chutney | Nutritioulicious

apple chutney

Blueberry Apple Cider Vinegar Muffins | Skinny Fitalicious


Apple Cider Vinegar Donuts | Skinny Fitalicious


Thanks again to Swanson Vitamins for sending me their Apple Cider Vinegar!

~ Masala Girl
Are you an Apple Cider Vinegar fan? What are your favorite uses? :) 

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19 thoughts on “Apple Cider Vinegar & Balsamic Vinaigrette + My Favorite ACV Recipes

  1. I love apple cider vinegar and balsamic! So many great recipe options that I can’t wait to try, thanks for the great round up!

  2. I love apple cider vinegar! I can’t quite stomach a shot each morning but it’s a salad dressing’s best friend. Can’t wait to try this new brand.

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