Honey Mustard Dressing

So long, store bought salad dressing! This honey mustard dressing recipe is easy to make, and it's packed with irresistible sweet and tangy flavor.

honey mustard dressing in a bottle

This homemade honey mustard dressing is like magic. Whenever I have it on hand, I eat salads like crazy, just to taste its sweet, tangy, spicy flavor. If I’m out of greens, I use it as a dipping sauce, dunking sliced bell peppers until I don’t have any dressing left. If you’re someone who’s trying to eat more veggies, make this honey mustard dressing recipe. You’ll find yourself tossing together salads and snacking on carrot sticks left and right!

Unlike many store bought honey mustard salad dressings, this one is totally dairy-free. Its smooth, lightly creamy texture comes from emulsified olive oil, honey, and Dijon mustard, not mayo or Greek yogurt. You only need 5 ingredients to make it, and you can whisk it together in a snap. In the last few months, it’s become one of my favorite dressings, and I think you’re going to love it too!

Honey mustard dressing recipe ingredients

Honey Mustard Dressing Recipe Ingredients

Ready to make this honey mustard dressing recipe? Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Dijon mustard – Steer clear of using stone ground mustard or yellow mustard in this recipe. Instead, choose a good-quality Dijon mustard. It’ll give the dressing a smooth, creamy texture and well-balanced flavor.
  • Honey – It gives the dressing a touch of sweetness and classic honey-mustard flavor.
  • Apple cider vinegar – For tang! Fresh lemon juice will work here too.
  • Garlic – It adds sharp depth of flavor.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil – It gives the dressing body and richness.
  • And salt and pepper – To make all the flavors pop!

Combine the honey, Dijon mustard, garlic, salt, vinegar, and oil in a small bowl, and whisk to combine. When the dressing is smooth, season to taste. Enjoy!

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Hands whisking dressing in a small bowl

How to Use Honey Mustard Dressing

This homemade honey mustard dressing will keep in an airtight container or Mason jar in the fridge for up to a week, so it’s a great recipe to meal prep and keep on hand. It’s versatile, so have fun experimenting with different ways to use it. Here are a few of my favorites:

How do you like to use honey mustard dressing? Let me know in the comments!

honey mustard dressing

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Honey Mustard Dressing

rate this recipe:
4.96 from 129 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Serves 4 to 6
This homemade honey mustard dressing is sweet and tangy, with a perfect lightly creamy texture. Toss it with a salad, use it as a dipping sauce, or drizzle it over roasted veggies. Find specific suggestions in the post above!



  • In a small bowl, whisk together the mustard, olive oil, vinegar, honey, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  • See the above blog post for serving suggestions.


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  1. jamie


    How can 2T EVOO be correct? Should it be 1/4C at least?

    Thank you.

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)

      Hi Jamie, we make this recipe as written, with 2T EVOO.

  2. Raine

    5 stars
    Love this dressing i use with a green side salad with salmon fillets & new potatoes & compliments the dish beautifully. Thanks for sharing

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)

      Hi Raine, sounds delicious! I’m so glad you love the dressing.

  3. izah bettnet

    5 stars
    its rilly good i made it for christmas and is was a huge hit

  4. Beemom

    This came out great! Thanks.

  5. Ryan Jones

    to add a little spice could I add some red chili flakes? I normally use Wishbone sweet and spicy honey mustard dressing as a sauce for meatballs at tailgate parties or potlucks. it is getting extremely hard to find so I may try this next time. how many oz does it make?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Ryan, you could add red pepper flakes or pinches of cayenne which might whisk in better.

  6. Allyson

    5 stars
    Delicious dressing! Just a tip for any salad dressing – if you slowly add the oil to the rest of the ingredients while use an immersion blender to mix, the oil will emulsify and create a creamy dressing that won’t separate in the fridge.

  7. Michelle from michelleeccles.net

    5 stars
    I live in Italy and if I want any dressing other than olive oil and vinegar, I have to make it from scratch. This is my favorite so far, and even my very picky Italian husband enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you loved it!

  8. Teresa

    5 stars
    I served a green salad with your mustard vinaigrette on Thanksgiving. Big, big hit. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Teresa, I’m so glad you loved it!

  9. Jane Datz

    5 stars
    Love your cookbook by the way. Used half hot honey and wow!

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)

      Hi Jane, Hot honey would be SO delish here! So glad you love the book.

  10. Mike

    Do you need to cook the garlic first?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I don’t.

  11. Annie

    5 stars
    This dressing was excellent!. My new go2! Thank you!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you loved it!

  12. Jan

    How long will.this keep for?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Jan, I keep it up to 5 days.

  13. Oksana

    5 stars
    it’s a great dressing – easy to make and delicious. All loved it!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so happy to hear that!

  14. Margot

    5 stars
    I made this dressing and it was delicious! It will definitely be my go to dressing recipe.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  15. Margot

    I made this dressing and it was delicious. It was very fast and easy to make. This will definitely be my go to dressing recipe.

  16. Michelle

    Does this honey Dijon mustard need to be refrigerated? Thank you

  17. Susan

    Soooo good!!!! Had it over grilled salmon and spinach salad. Great flavors

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  18. Gloria

    I have made this a couple of times and I love it!!!! Sometimes I use this instead of my normal salad dressing.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you’ve loved it!

      • Debbie

        Went to a wedding & had honey mustard pasta, it was just pasta & a sauce, but it was beautiful, would this work?
        Thank you

  19. Jason

    5 stars
    Simple, stunningly tasty and now to unleash on some friends!.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you loved it!

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