Simple Honey Mustard Dressing (Vinaigrette, Creamy or Vegan)

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This honey mustard dressing recipe is simple to prepare in just minutes and then drizzle over everything! The honey mustard vinaigrette is sharp, tangy, and sweet with a robust flavor and hint of spice, and can be made into a healthy creamy version (with or without mayo) and even vegan honey mustard!

Mixed salad dressing in a small jar

Recently, I’ve started sharing a lot of fresh summery salads on my blog, including a roasted beetroot and goat cheese salad, simple avocado cucumber tomato salad, Panzanella salad (Tuscan bread salad), and Thai green papaya salad. With the influx in salads, I thought it was the perfect time to increase my collection of salad dressings. So, here’s introducing this delicious honey mustard salad dressing.

While I admit, lots of the time, I’m perfectly pleased with a simple olive oil vinaigrette, I know that isn’t the same for most people, and even I sometimes crave something a little creamier, richer, or sweeter. So, along with a creamy avocado cilantro sauce and several berry salad dressings, including raspberry, strawberry, and blackberry dressing – now it’s the turn of this sweet and tangy honey mustard dressing recipe!

A small bowl with honey mustard dressing

This honey mustard dressing contains just four ingredients (all of which are pantry basics – plus salt and pepper). It’s also ready in practically two minutes and even doubles as a sauce/dip. It’s tangy and bold, with a mixture of tart, sweet, and tangy flavors, with a hint of spice from the mustard that pairs wonderfully with leafy salads and roasted veggies. Better yet, unlike most store-bought options, this homemade dressing is refined sugar-free and contains nothing artificial!

Best of all, within this post, I’ve included a method for a simple honey mustard vinaigrette, a creamy honey mustard dressing, and even a vegan no honey mustard salad dressing! So make whichever you’re in the mood for and tweak any of the ingredients to personal preference (another bonus for making it homemade), then enjoy! It will add a wonderful tangy burst of flavor to whatever you eat it with!

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The Ingredients

Ingredients for honey mustard dressing
  • Olive oil: this will help to emulsify the honey mustard dressing for a silky mouthfeel. I recommend a good quality extra virgin olive oil with a light flavor.
  • Vinegar: I used white wine vinegar; however, you could also use apple cider vinegar. You could also use a combination of vinegar and lemon juice for added brightness.
  • Honey: honey wonderfully balances the tangy flavor from the mustard and vinegar. I use high-quality honey for the most health benefits.
  • Mustard: I use wholegrain mustard. A good quality Dijon mustard can also be used (honey Dijon dressing is delicious!). Avoid generic yellow mustard (technically, it’s OK to use, but the results just aren’t as good!) or mustard powder.
  • Salt & Pepper.

Optional Add-Ins and Variations

  • Vegan honey mustard: there are two ways to enjoy vegan honey mustard. The first is to use a vegan honey alternative, like dandelion “honey”, which is similar in taste. Alternatively, you can make something similar using maple syrup.
  • Creamy honey mustard: if you want a creamy version of this dressing, you can reduce the oil somewhat (to ¼ cup) and add Greek yogurt or sour cream (start with ¼ cup and increase to taste) or mayo, but yogurt is much lighter. For a dairy-free option, use a dairy-free Greek-style yogurt or coconut yogurt. I prefer to use at least 2%+ fat, but you can use fat-free if desired.
  • Honey mustard sauce: omit the olive oil entirely and combine the honey, mustard, and Greek yogurt (or mayo).
  • Garlic: feel free to add a little fresh minced garlic or garlic paste (to taste) to the dressing. Alternatively, you can substitute the regular olive oil for garlic-infused oil. I recommend using one clove to begin and increasing to taste.
  • Shallot: like garlic, shallots help to add depth of flavor and a little extra texture. I recommend 1 Tbsp minced shallot to begin, increased to personal preference.
  • For spice: you can use hot mustard or combine hot mustard with regular to add more spice to this recipe.
  • Herbs: while adding herbs will impact the shelf life negatively (aim to use within a week at most), they can add extra flavor. I recommend parsley as my favorite option, though chives would also work.

How to Make Honey Mustard Dressing

Place all the ingredients either in a small bowl or a jar with an airtight lid. If using a bowl, use a small whisk to whisk together the ingredients (or a handheld frother). If using a jar, seal the lid and shake vigorously for several seconds until all the ingredients are well mixed.

Steps to make honey mustard dressing

Taste and adjust any ingredients to personal preference, and then use the honey mustard vinaigrette immediately or save for later.

How to Store 

Store the honey mustard salad dressing in an airtight glass container like a mason jar for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator. Give it a good shake each time before using as the emulsion can separate somewhat in the fridge.

Salad dressing in a small jar ready to shake and mix

How to Use Honey Mustard Dressing? 

There are several ways to enjoy this honey mustard vinaigrette/dressing, including:

Let me know in the comments what your favorite ways of enjoying this honey mustard dressing are!

Beetroot salad with goat cheese in a bowl

FAQs

Is honey mustard healthy?

Surprisingly, yes, I would say so! Although this depends on how much you’re using in one go. It’s low-carb, gluten-free, refined-sugar-free, and filled with heart-healthy olive oil. Even better, the combination of sweet and sour and tangy makes for a wonderful honey Dijon dressing or dip that encourages you to eat more veggies, so that’s a win-win for sure!

Can I make this with an immersion blender?

You sure can. I tend not to when using wholegrain mustard, as I like the texture of the seeds and don’t want them broken down too much. However, when using a smooth Dijon mustard, then an immersion blender will whip the honey mustard vinaigrette into a perfect emulsion in seconds!

Is honey vegan?

This seems to be a divisive topic. However, most vegans I’ve spoken to agree that any product where something is “taken” from an animal, even without it being meat (like eggs, milk, and honey), is all non-vegan. While it’s not technically derived from the animal, it’s still taken from bees and thus isn’t vegan. There are especially issues surrounding the way it’s harvested.

Mixed salad dressing in a small jar

Recipe Notes

  • Tweak the ingredients: since this honey mustard vinaigrette/dressing is homemade, it means it’s super easy to tweak to personal preference.
  • Make this dressing vegan: it’s simple to adjust this to vegan honey mustard with the use of a vegan honey alternative like apple honey or dandelion honey. You could even use maple sauce (it won’t taste the exact same, but will have the same sweet and spicy/tangy flavor overall).
  • Make sure to shake before using: this honey Dijon dressing can break immersion slightly in the fridge. So always shake it before each use!

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Honey Mustard Dressing

5 from 12 votes
By: Samira
This honey mustard dressing recipe is simple to prepare in just minutes and then drizzle over everything! The honey mustard vinaigrette is sharp, tangy, and sweet with a robust flavor and hint of spice, and can be made into a healthy creamy version (with or without mayo) and even vegan honey mustard.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 8 Tablespoons

Ingredients 
 

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup vinegar white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar. Or combo of vinegar and lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp honey or dandelion "honey" (for vegan)
  • 1 tsp wholegrain mustard or Dijon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Check the recipe notes below for Optional Add-ins and Variations!

Instructions 

  • Place all the ingredients either in a small bowl or a jar with an airtight lid.
    If using a bowl, use a small whisk to whisk together the ingredients (or a handheld frother).
    If using a jar, seal the lid and shake vigorously for several seconds until all the ingredients are well mixed.
  • Taste and adjust any ingredients to personal preference, and then use the dressing immediately or save for later.

How to Store

  • Store the honey mustard dressing in an airtight glass container like a mason jar for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator. Give it a good shake each time before using as the emulsion can separate somewhat in the fridge.

Notes

  • Tweak the ingredients: since this honey mustard vinaigrette/ dressing is homemade, it means it’s super easy to tweak any of the ingredients to personal preference.
  • Make this dressing vegan: it’s simple to adjust this to vegan honey mustard with the use of a vegan honey alternative like apple honey or dandelion honey or even use maple sauce (it won’t taste the exact same with maple but will have the same sweet and spicy/tangy flavor overall).
  • Make sure to shake before using: this honey Dijon dressing can break immersion slightly in the fridge, so always shake it before each use!
 
Optional Add-Ins and Variations
  • Vegan honey mustard: there are two ways to enjoy vegan honey mustard. The first is to use a vegan honey alternative, like dandelion “honey”, which is similar in taste. Alternatively, you can make something similar using maple syrup.
  • Creamy honey mustard: if you want a creamy version of this dressing, you can reduce the oil somewhat (to ¼ cup) and add Greek yogurt or sour cream (start with ¼ cup and increase to taste) or mayo, but yogurt is much lighter. For a dairy-free option, use a dairy-free Greek-style yogurt or coconut yogurt. I prefer to use at least 2%+ fat, but you can use fat-free if desired.
  • Honey mustard sauce: omit the olive oil entirely and combine the honey, mustard, and Greek yogurt (or mayo).
  • Garlic: feel free to add a little fresh minced garlic or garlic paste (to taste) to the dressing. Alternatively, you can substitute the regular olive oil for garlic-infused oil. I recommend using one clove to begin and increasing to personal taste
  • Shallot: like garlic, shallots help to add depth of flavor and a little extra texture. I recommend 1 Tbsp minced shallot to begin, increased to personal preference.
  • For spice: you can use hot mustard or combine hot mustard with regular to add more spice to this recipe.
  • Herbs: while adding herbs will impact the shelf life negatively (aim to use within a week at most), they can add extra flavor. I recommend parsley as my favorite option, though chives would also work.
 
Check the blog post for more tips and answers to top FAQs.
Course: Condiment, Side
Cuisine: American
Freezer friendly: No
Shelf life: 3 Weeks

Nutrition

Serving: 1Tbsp, Calories: 90kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Sodium: 153mg, Potassium: 3mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 1IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 1mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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