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

More Favorite Salad Dressings

If you love this recipe, try one of these delicious salad dressings next:

Honey Mustard Dressing

rate this recipe:
4.92 from 75 votes
Prep Time: 5 mins
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!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 small garlic clove, grated or minced
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • 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. Katarina
    08.06.2022

    5 stars
    Absolutely LOVE this dressing! Have tried it several times now on fresh green salads and vegetables and I fall in love with it more and more each time! I haven’t tried it with fresh lemon juice (just ACV) but will definitely try that version in the future!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      08.10.2022

      I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed it!

  2. Claire
    08.01.2022

    3 stars
    I used these proportions, and it was too much lemon juice for me.

  3. Savannah
    06.29.2022

    I love this dressing recipe so much. I make a bottle of it almost every week. Gets even better after a couple days, too. I’m allergic to apples, so I use white wine vinegar as a replacement for the ACV. Soooo yummy!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.02.2022

      I’m so glad you’ve been loving it!

  4. Lauren
    06.16.2022

    Great recipe, made a big batch! Wondering if the dressing should be refrigerated?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      06.18.2022

      I’m so glad you enjoy it! Yes, it should be stored in the fridge.

  5. Pamm
    05.13.2022

    5 stars
    I have made this twice, once with vinegar once with fresh lemon juice. I prefer the lemon juice but both are good.
    Just using it for salads right now. But think I will try it on coleslaw.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      05.15.2022

      I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed it!

  6. Sheryl
    05.01.2022

    5 stars
    This is the best salad dressing recipe! I am now eating more vegetables because I just want the dressing. Thanks for sharing this with us!

  7. Pamela
    04.12.2022

    5 stars
    Awesome! Made it! Love it!!! 😊

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      04.13.2022

      I’m so glad you loved it!

  8. 2TQT
    03.29.2022

    5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe! My extremely picky daughter declared it excellent. This is a huge compliment as she’s an authority on honey mustard dressing!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      03.30.2022

      I’m so glad she loved it!

  9. Katy
    03.24.2022

    5 stars
    So good!! Great homemade recipe, will definitely make again. I used it over a shaved Brussels sprout salad with apples sweet potato and chicken, and my 6 year old even loved it with her chicken. Would love to know the macros on it but it’s so good I almost don’t care.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      03.27.2022

      Oh yum, I’m so glad everyone enjoyed it! I don’t calculate nutrition facts but you could plug the ingredients into a site like my fitness pal.

  10. Isabella
    03.17.2022

    4 stars
    Love love love packed with flavor love the sweet and tart ,this is a keeper and so simple ❤️

  11. Tari
    02.15.2022

    Can I use a little white wine vinegar?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      02.17.2022

      Yep, you can replace it with for some or all of the apple cider vinegar.

  12. MJ
    02.11.2022

    5 stars
    Being a Vermonter, I substituted maple syrup instead of honey — yum!

  13. Claire
    01.21.2022

    5 stars
    Yum! This is super tasty and easy to make with ingredients already in the cupboard.

  14. JL
    01.14.2022

    5 stars
    I used it as a sauce on pork chops- delicious!

  15. cf
    01.02.2022

    3 stars
    The serving sizes are off on this.

    But the dressing recipe is sound.

  16. Sue
    01.01.2022

    Looks lovely! Just one obvious error, though- it’s not vegan due to the honey in it. Vegetarian, definitely. Looking forward to making it 🙂

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.01.2022

      Hi Sue, we have this one tagged as vegetarian, let me know if you’re seeing a vegan mention in the post that I’m overlooking. I hope you enjoy!

      • Susie
        01.14.2022

        4 stars
        This was good, but I doubled it and used half the vinegar! It does say “this one is totally vegan and dairy-free” in the second paragraph. 😊

        • Jeanine Donofrio
          01.15.2022

          I’m so glad you enjoyed it – thank you for pointing out the mistake 🙂

  17. JoeG
    12.20.2021

    5 stars
    Perfect! I’ve been looking a good honey mustard vinaigrette, and this is it. I used garlic powder as fresh is a bit too powerful for me.

  18. Joe
    12.14.2021

    Excellent! I used Trader Joe’s Aioli Garlic Mustard sauce, which is tangy by itself, instead of Dijon and it has them calling for more. Best part is no mayo. Thank you!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      12.15.2021

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  19. Dean
    11.27.2021

    5 stars
    Great recipe, flavour and taste. Thanks

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