If you’re looking for a bright and flavorful homemade vinaigrette dressing, then you’re going to love this recipe for Honey Mustard Salad Dressing. It is sweet and tangy. Drizzle it over salad greens or roasted vegetables.

honey mustard dressing in a jar on a table.

If you’ve never made your own salad dressing, then you’re in for a treat. Homemade dressing is easy, budget-friendly, and way better than store-bought!

This honey mustard dressing recipe calls for just a few simple ingredients. Olive oil, lemon juice, honey, Dijon mustard and seasonings are shaken until emulsified for a creamy vinaigrette.

Creamy honey mustard dressing has a sweet and zippy taste that tastes great with greens. It’s versatile and tastes delicious with a fruit-topped salad as much as a veggie-packed one.

Why You Need This Recipe

  • Many honey mustard dressings call for mayonnaise, this healthy version is mayonnaise-free!
  • Use it as a delicious dipping sauce for carrot sticks, sliced bell peppers, broccoli, or sliced cucumber.
  • Only takes 6 minutes to whip up! Store it in the refrigerator and use it all week long.
  • It uses real ingredients without any unhealthy additives or artificial flavorings. One of the best parts about homemade salad dressings is that you can control the quality of ingredients (see my list of the safest cooking oils).

Key Ingredients

ingredients for honey mustard dressing on a table.

Olive oil – Olive oil makes the dressing rich and creamy. It also adds plenty of flavor. Don’t have olive oil? See my list of the best substitutes for olive oil.

Dijon mustard – Dijon mustard is essential for that signature mustard flavor. This recipe is best with creamy Dijon mustard, but will work with yellow mustard or stone ground mustard.

Apple cider vinegar – Vinegar adds a zip that tastes so good with the honey!

Honey – Without the honey, honey mustard dressing would be too tangy. Honey sweetens it up and adds a subtle honey flavor. If you want to make this recipe vegan, substitute maple syrup for the honey.

Salt & pepper – Don’t forget to season! Salt and pepper accentuate all the flavors.

Recipe Steps

how to make honey mustard dressing

Step One

Pour the olive oil into a jar. Make sure it has a lid!

As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Two

Add the vinegar to the jar.

Step Three

Add the honey, mustard, salt, and pepper.

Step Four

Screw on the lid and shake the jar for a good 20 seconds. This will allow the oil and vinegar to emulsify, meaning that the oil and vinegar become blended.

Now, your dressing is ready to serve. You can drizzle it over salad greens, roasted vegetables, cooked potatoes, or whatever needs a slightly sweet, tangy dressing.

a spoonful of honey mustard on a table with tomatoes and lettuce.

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • Adjust the ingredients to your taste! Follow the recipe and then taste the dressing. If you like it sweeter, add more honey. If you like it with more mustard flavor, add some extra mustard. Just do it gradually, you can always add more, but you can’t take it out!
  • This dressing tastes amazing on more than salad. You can drizzle it on roasted vegetables, mixed greens, rice bowls, or as a quick dressing for potato salad.
  • Honey mustard dressing is perfect if you love to meal prep. Make it at the beginning of the week and pop it on mixed greens for a quick salad.
  • For a thicker salad dressing, blend the dressing together in a food processor. This will keep the mustard dressing thick and emulsified.
pouring honey mustard vinaigrette onto salad.

Recipe FAQs

What is the difference between honey mustard and honey mustard dressing?

Honey mustard is more of a condiment. It’s typically made with mayonnaise, mustard, and honey. It makes a delicious dip, but can be a bit thick for greens. Honey mustard dressing is typically oil-based and lighter in flavor.

Can I make this recipe using avocado oil?

Yes, you can use whatever type of oil you like. See my list of the best olive oil substitutes.

Can I use other types of mustard in this recipe?

Yes, you can use yellow mustard or whole grain mustard instead of Dijon mustard.

Can this recipe be made vegan?

Yes, just use maple syrup instead of honey.

green salad with tomato and cucumbers dressed with honey mustard dressing.

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a jar of honey mustard dressing.

Honey Mustard Salad Dressing


Description

If you’re looking for a bright and flavorful homemade vinaigrette dressing, then you’re going to love this recipe for Honey Mustard Salad Dressing. It is sweet and tangy. Drizzle it over salad greens or roasted vegetables.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine the olive oil, mustard, vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper in a jar. Screw on the lid and shake vigorously for 20-30 seconds, or until the ingredients have combined.
  2. Use immediately, or store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Notes

  1. You can use avocado oil instead of olive oil, if you prefer.
  2. To make this recipe, replace the honey with maple syrup.
  3. You can also use whole grain mustard or yellow mustard instead of Dijon mustard.
  4. Adjust the ingredients to your taste! Follow the recipe and then taste the dressing. If you like it sweeter, add more honey. If you like it with more mustard flavor, add some extra mustard. Just do it gradually, you can always add more, but you can’t take it out!
  5. This dressing tastes amazing on more than salad. You can drizzle it on roasted vegetables, mixed greens, rice bowls, or as a quick dressing for potato salad.
  6. Honey mustard dressing is perfect if you love to meal prep. Make it at the beginning of the week and pop it on mixed greens for a quick salad.
  7. For a thicker salad dressing, blend the dressing together in a food processor. This will keep the mustard dressing thick and emulsified.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 minute
  • Category: Salad Dressings
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: honey mustard vinaigrette, homemade vinaigrette, homemade salad dressing

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