This Honey Mustard Dressing Recipe is a bright, tangy, zesty homemade sauce that’s ready in just 5 minutes. Made with whole grain dijon mustard, this herby honey mustard sauce works as a salad dressing, dipping sauce or marinade.
Looking for honey mustard dressing uses? Check out this Jerk Chicken Cobb Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing and Baked Honey Mustard Salmon next!
Recipe for Honey Mustard Dressing
This homemade honey mustard dressing recipe is lusciously thick with bold, mouthwatering flavour. It’s the perfect way to spice up a boring salad and adds some pizazz to protein! Whether you’re snacking or making a meal, this is one sauce you’ll always want to have on deck!
Here’s Why You’ll Love this Honey Mustard Dressing Recipe
- Easy: whip this quick mustard salad dressing up with some pantry staples in under 10 minutes! No blender or food processor is needed!
- Better Than Storebought: skip the preservatives and additives in typical salad dressings and make your own right at home.
- Customizable: dressing is an enhancer for your favourite foods so make it taste just how you like!
What is Honey Mustard Dressing Made Of?
The main components of honey mustard dressing are mustard, olive oil, honey, and vinegar. Any other ingredients just enhance the recipe. For this recipe, we use whole-grain mustard for added textural variety, but if you prefer a creamier, smoother texture use regular dijon mustard.
What’s the Difference between Regular Dijon Mustard and Whole Grain Mustard?
The main differences between regular dijon mustard and whole grain dijon mustard lie within the texture, ingredients and appearance of the two. Dijon mustard, is made using whole mustard seeds whereas regular dijon mustard seeds are finely ground for a smoother texture. Here are some other differences:
- whole grain mustard has a more rustic and textured taste with a tangy and distinctive kick
- regular dijon mustard has a creamier flavour profile due to the finer grind of the mustard seeds
What are the Different Types of Mustard?
There are quite a few varieties of mustard, each comprised with its unique flavour, texture, and uses. Here are a few common types of mustard:
- Yellow Mustard: this is the most popular type of mustard, also known as American or “ballpark” mustard”.
- Dijon Mustard: originating in Dijon, France, this type of mustard has a smooth, creamy texture with a deliciously distinctive spicy flavour.
- Whole Grain Mustard: this type of mustard is made is whole mustard seeds and is also known as coarse or stone-ground mustard.
- Spicy Brown Mustard: made from brown mustard seeds this type of mustard also has a spicy flavour.
- Honey Mustard: as noted in this blog post, this type has a sweeter and milder taste.
- English Mustard: this type of mustard is made from brown or black mustard seeds and is also referred to as “Coleman’s Mustard” after a famous English brand.
- German Mustard: referred to as “senf” in German, this type of mustard comes in a range of varieties; from sweet to spicy.
What’s Needed to Make This Recipe (Kitchen Tools and Equipment)
- Small Bowl: to contain the dressing.
- Whisk: use this to mix and emulsify.
Ingredients and Ingredient Notes
- Olive Oil: this healthy fat ensures the other ingredients are properly distributed throughout the dressing. It’s not a dressing without this essential ingredient!
- Honey: add this natural sweetener for sweetness and some thickness.
- Whole Grain Dijon Mustard: this has a sharper, more intense flavour than yellow mustard that better balances the sweet taste of the honey.
- Red Wine Vinegar: this lightens the overall taste with a touch of acidity.
- Garlic: add minced for fresh, garlicky flavour.
- Seasoning: I season simply with Italian Seasoning, salt, and black pepper. My preferred brand is Club House Italiano seasoning blend.
How to Make Honey Mustard Dressing Recipe
In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, honey, red wine vinegar, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper to taste. Continue to whisk until the dressing has emulsified.
Recipe Substitutions and Tips
- Mustard: if you don’t want a little spice, feel free to use yellow mustard instead.
- Dairy: I prefer this dairy-free honey mustard dressing recipe but you can add mayonnaise, sour cream or Greek yogurt to enrich the sauce.
- Vinegar: you can use apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar instead.
- Honey Mustard Dressing without Vinegar: you can also skip the vinegar altogether and opt for lemon juice instead.
How to Use Honey Mustard Dressing
This honey mustard dressing recipe is so versatile. Get inspired with these delicious ways to enjoy it throughout the week!
- Salad Dressing: instantly upgrade a simple salad with this dressing. It complements this Jerk Chicken Cobb Salad but you can also add it to a bowl of leafy greens like spinach or kale.
- Dipping Sauce: this pairs perfectly with anything you’d dunk in a sauce, from chicken tenders and fries to a fresh veggie platter. Try honey mustard dressing with Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries and Double-Coated Cornflake Crumb Fried Chicken.
- Marinade: want to flavour and tenderize some meat? Use this sauce for fish, pork, or chicken recipes. But don’t limit yourself to just protein! Use honey mustard dressing as a vegetable marinade for everything from peppers to broccoli.
- Spread: add this to burgers, hot dogs, wraps, and sandwiches. Slather some on the bun of a Prosciutto and Roasted Pepper Sandwich or Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich.
- Bowls: drizzle some on your next grain bowl at lunchtime. It would be tasty in this Jamaican Poke Bowl.
- Stir-Fry: gently coat vegetables with this dressing while sautéing to spice up your next skillet meal.
Recipe Notes and Tips for Success
- Harmonious Flavour: for a well balanced dressing the common ratio for oil to vinegar is 3:1. You also want to ensure the sweet, savoury, sour (acidity) and salty elements are all balanced.
- Use Quality Ingredients – using high-quality, fresh ingredients will yield the best results.
- Consistent Texture: use an emulsifier or blender for a consistent texture.
- Taste Test: you can start with the recommended measurements listed in the recipe, or you can add in small increments and adjust as needed.
- Shake Before Use: separation can occur between the oil and vinegar in homemade dressings, so remember to shake or stir the dressing well before using.
Can I Make this Ahead of Time?
Absolutely! See below for storage instructions.
How to Store Salad Dressing
Store leftover honey mustard dressing in an airtight container or mason jar in the fridge for up to one week. The oil and vinegar may separate as it sits so just shake the jar before using.
Although you don’t reheat this dressing, the oil may solidify in the fridge. If that happens, let it sit on the counter and come to room temperature. Alternatively, run the closed container under warm water in order to bring it back to liquid form.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
When properly stored, this honey mustard dressing lasts up to one week.
The biggest difference between honey mustard dressing and regular honey mustard is the consistency. The dressing has a thinner, runnier consistency because it contains oil and vinegar.
Ranch dressing is the most popular salad dressing in America. If you’re ready to expand your palate and indulge with something less expected, give this honey mustard dressing recipe a try!
The best oil to vinegar ratio for a balanced vinaigrette is 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar.
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Honey Mustard Dressing Recipe
- 6 tbsp Olive Oil
- 4 tbsp Honey
- 2 tbsp Dijon Mustard
- 2 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
- 2 cloves Garlic minced
- 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
- 1/4 tsp Salt adjust as desired
- 1/4 tsp Pepper
- In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, honey, red wine vinegar, garlic, italian seasoning, salt and pepper to taste. Continue to whisk until the dressing has emulsified.
Note, the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary based on products used.