For A Sweeter Salad Dressing, Add One Unexpected Ingredient

Whether you prefer the big leafy salads or an assortment of crunchy chopped veggies, we all know the salad dressing is what really adds that pop of flavor to your bowl. Even though salad dressing recipes have for a long time been associated with the savory triad — oil, acid, and spices — there are many cooks and eaters alike who love the idea of a sweeter version of vinaigrettes to top their greens and veggies. And since making homemade salad dressing is as simple as mixing and shaking all your ingredients in one jar, then one addition of a sweetener isn't too much to ask.

But before you grab the traditional sweeteners like honey, agave nectar, or maple syrup, which is probably what you've read on every other recipe online, allow us to introduce you to the unexpected ingredient that'll transport your dressing to the land of sugary delight — applesauce. Granted, this may not be the first thing that crosses your mind when you think of ways to use this pantry staple, but it sure is worth trying.

How to use applesauce for a sweeter salad dressing

Adding applesauce to your salad dressing is as easy as scooping a tablespoon or two of the fruity sauce and adding it to your vinaigrette mixture. You can simplify this prep even further by sticking to just three ingredients — olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and applesauce. For a perfect balance of these three elements, try using a 1:1 ratio for the oil and vinegar, then adding a few tablespoons of the applesauce. 

The best thing about this recipe is how versatile it is, so feel free to increase or reduce any of the ingredients to your liking. Add more vinegar for a tangier feel or more applesauce for a sweeter kick. Finally, add some water, then stir to mix or give it a good shake in a mason jar until well incorporated. Then your sweet dressing is ready to add to any salad of your choice.