This Honey Mustard Dressing is super easy to make, is a healthy alternative to the store bought kind, and only take 5 minutes from start to finish. You can serve this homemade recipe as a dipping sauce or use it as a vinaigrette on your favorite salad.
Want a few other healthy salad dressing ideas? You might also like this Basil + Lemon Vinaigrette, Balsamic Reduction, and these other Healthy Salad Dressing Recipes.
Honey Mustard – Easy and Homemade
One of my absolute favorite salad dressings to douse a good ole’ Chicken Cobb Salad in is a creamy homemade honey mustard vinaigrette.
However, most of the ones I find at the grocery stores are either too sweet, too tangy, or have a TON of ingredients in them. (I.e. – gluten, modified corn starch, or a ton of other additives!)
But did you know that it is actually super simple to whip up a homemade vinaigrette?
Dressing or Dipping Sauce
There are a few amazing qualities about this recipe:
- It doubles as a salad dressing or a dipping sauce.
- Pour it over your favorite salad or use it as a sauce and serve it with some Paleo chicken tenders.
- You will only need 5 ingredients! (See below for them.)
- 5 minutes is all it takes.
Honey mustard is a salad dressing or dipping sauce that is made by combing honey, mustard, and a few other ingredients.
- Honey – A light honey works best, but you can also use a dark or amber honey if that is what you happen to have.
- Mustard – More about the type of mustard to use below!
- Vinegar – White wine vinegar is used in this recipe, but you can also use apple cider vinegar if you happen to have that on hand instead.
- Olive Oil – A good quality olive oil will give you a better tasting finished product.
- Salt – Add as much or as little salt as you like.
COOK’S TIP: Try to find a local honey to help your body build up an immunity to local allergens.
Different Types of Mustard
So what type of mustard is best when making a homemade honey mustard? Here are the different types of mustard you can use in order of my personal preference.
- Dijon Mustard – Dijon gives a nice kick without being too overwhelming.
- Yellow Mustard – Just about everyone has this mustard on hand. This mustard can be used in place of Dijon mustard without too much sacrifice on flavor.
- Spicy Brown Mustard – This type of mustard will be a bit spicier and is recommended if making this recipe for an adult crowd.
- Learn more about different types of mustard here.
COOK’S TIP: Dijon mustard is the best type of mustard to use!
How to Make
Making a vinaigrette or sauce is an easy process and only requires that you whisk, blend, or process the 5 ingredients together.
You can do this by using one of the following kitchen utensils:
- High Speed Blender – The NutriBullet is my favorite way to make homemade salad dressings. It blends and emulsifies everything up beautifully and is super easy to clean.
- Mini Food Processor – My second favorite way to make a vinaigrette is to add all of the ingredients to a food processor and process until smooth.
- Whisk by Hand – Lastly, if you do not have a blender or food processor you can always whisk the ingredients together by hand. Just note, it will not be nearly as smooth.
Is it Healthy?
Yes, homemade honey mustard is a relatively healthy salad dressing, especially when compared to the store bought kind. But do note, it does still contain quite a bit of calories and carbohydrates from the olive oil and honey.
If you are gluten-free, dairy-free, or vegetarian, you are in luck because this version will fit your dietary requirements.
However, if you are vegan, it does contain honey which is technically an animal product. You can always try substituting the honey for maple syrup or agave nectar.
And for those on a keto or low-carb diet: Honey mustard is generally full of carbs and is not recommended when following one of these diets. You can substitute some of the honey for stevia to help reduce the calorie and carbohydrate count.
How Long Will it Last?
Honey mustard dressing can be stored in an airtight container (such as these cute glass mason jars!) in the refrigerator for 1-2 months.
What Can You Serve it With?
The real question is, what CAN’T you serve with honey mustard sauce!! Seriously, you can serve this up as a dipping sauce with Healthy Chicken Tenders or as a vinaigrette for a Cobb Salad.
Other Recipes You Might Like:
Honey Mustard Dressing Recipe
This Honey Mustard Dressing recipe is super easy to make, is a healthy alternative to store bought salad dressing, and only takes 5 minutes from start to finish.
- ½ cup olive oil extra virgin
- 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
- 2 Tbsp. white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- 3 Tbsp. honey
- Pinch of salt
Add ingredients to a high-speed blender or food processor and blend for 20-30 seconds, or until smooth.
Alternatively, you can whisk together ingredients in a bowl or shake until incorporated in a mason jar.
Store honey mustard dressing in refrigerator for up to 1 month between servings. Enjoy!
- You can use a mini-prep food processor, NutriBullet blender, or a Vitamix.
- Serving size is ~2 ½ tablespoons.
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