This simple, sweet and tangy salad dressing takes just a couple of minutes to prepare and has a variety of uses such as pouring over a green salad, mixing through a pasta salad or stirring in to some mayo/yogurt to make a dip. Our Honey Mustard Dressing is so easy to make from scratch that you will never buy store bought dressing again.
Just 7 ingredients go in to making this honey and mustard salad dressing, and you probably already have the ingredients in your cupboard. If you are anything like us, then you buy loads of different dressings, open them, use them once, and then they go off. The great thing about homemade dressing is you can make just as much as you need.
If you are looking for some other honey and mustard recipes, then try our Honey and Mustard Sausage Tray Bake, Mustard and Honey Roasted Parsnips or Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Chicken.
Why you will love it
- Just 7 ingredients - You probably already have most of the ingredients too. No fancy ingredients are needed for this honey and mustard dressing.
- Ready in 2 minutes - This is so quick and easy to make. You will never need to buy a store bought dressing again.
- Oil - Try to use the best quality olive oil that you can for this honey mustard salad dressing, as you really will be able to taste the difference.
- Cider vinegar - We love the flavour that apple cider gives. However, you could swap it for white vinegar or even a balsamic for extra sweetness.
- Mustard - This is where all the flavour comes from. We used a good quality Dijon mustard, however you could use wholegrain instead.
- Honey - Use a runny honey, as it will make it easier to mix together.
- Lemon - The amount of lemon you need will depend on how juicy your lemon is.
- Garlic - Fresh is always best, however you can use chopped garlic in a jar to save some time.
- Salt and Pepper - Generously season this Honey Mustard Dressing.
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
How to make honey mustard dressing -Step by step
One: Put all of the ingredients into a bowl.
Two: Whisk until mixed well.
Mustard salad dressing
Our simple salad dressing can transform the plainest and most boring salad in a matter of minutes. For me, the dressing is what really makes a salad, and brings all those ingredients together.
A good dressing, in my opinion, should be oil based with some citrus and have a little kick from a key ingredient and in this case it is from the mustard. We have used dijon mustard, as it makes it nice and creamy, but you could use wholegrain instead. Although there is honey in this dressing, it isn't overly sweet because the mustard balances it out.
This is already a pretty creamy dressing with the oil, honey and dijon mustard, however you can take that creaminess to the next level in this honey mustard dressing by adding in a couple of tablespoon of Greek yogurt or creme fraiche.
You will find a lot of honey and mustard salad dressings have a mayo base, but we left it out to save on the calories and fat. But, by all means whisk a couple of tablespoons in if you want a more indulgent dressing.
Can it be used as a marinade?
It definitely can, and it makes a delicious marinade too. We like to marinade chicken breasts in it before baking (or cooking on the BBQ), or spreading some on salmon fillets before putting under the grill.
How to use this dressing
This is a great dressing to mix through a green salad, or even a chicken salad - but there is so much more that you can do with it. It works really well as the dressing for a chicken/salmon pasta salad, as it clings well to the pasta.
If you are not a fan of a creamy mayo based potato salad, then you can use this as the sauce instead - it makes such a nice change. Another way we like to use this dressing it to mix a couple of tablespoons of it in to some mayo and use it as a dip for things like Crispy Chicken Goujons, or even as a sauce on a chicken burger.
Store this dressing in an air-tight container or bottle and it will keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks. If you want a lot of salads in the warmer months, double or triple this batch and keep in the fridge to save you even more time.
Yes, as long as you make sure there is no cross contamination, then this can be a gluten free salad dressing.
• Make an extra creamy version of this by whisking in a couple of tablespoons of Greek yogurt or mayo.
• If you want to keep this vegan, then swap the honey for maple syrup, but it will obviously change the taste a lot.
• We used dijon mustard as it is nice and creamy, but you can swap it for wholegrain mustard instead.
• This dressing will last in an air-tight container in the fridge for 2 weeks.
More dressing recipes
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Honey Mustard Dressing
- 4 tablespoon Olive oil - extra virgin
- 2 tablespoon Apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon Honey
- 0.5 Lemon - (juice only)
- 1 Garlic clove - crushed
- 1 pinch Sea salt and black pepper
- Put all of the ingredients into a bowl.
- Whisk until mixed well.
- Make an extra creamy version of this by whisking in a couple of tablespoons of Greek yogurt or mayo.
- If you want to keep this vegan, then swap the honey for maple syrup, but it will obviously change the taste a lot.
- We used dijon mustard as it is nice and creamy, but you can swap it for wholegrain mustard instead.
- This dressing will last in an air-tight container in the fridge for 2 weeks.
My boyfriend were just talking about how his same salad everyday with no dressing is boring (he doesn't think so) and then making our own salad dressings by using lemons or limes. I love this recipe and I think I will try it with the leftover greek yogurt I have from another recipe. Thanks!
Thanks for the ideas.
I eat salad all year round too. My husband thinks I am crazy lol
One of my favs!
Do you have a healthy caesar salad dressing?
More salad dressings please!
I am having a bbq tonight and was just going to do oil and vinegar. But this is on the menu now :)
This sounds yummy.
Honey and mustard is my favourite dressing. The ones I always have in restaurants are always creamy and I know they must be terrible for me.
Thank you! I always struggle with salad dressing ideas.