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Honey Mustard Dressing (Better Than Bottled!)

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Gluten-Free5 min
This quick and easy honey mustard dressing recipe is better than store-bought! Skip the bottle and make your own sweet and tangy dressing at home.

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Meet my husband’s favorite salad dressing. Sweet and tangy, honey mustard is super versatile and works with a ton of different flavors.

Why should I make my own salad dressing?

A good condiment can make all sorts of dishes more exciting. When you make your own, it costs less and is entirely customizable to your tastes. Check out our Salad Dressings 101 post for more on taking your salads and sauces to the next level.

What ingredients do I need to make a honey mustard dressing?

This recipe is so simple that you probably won’t even have to print it out! In fact, there are only four ingredients—plus a little bit of salt and pepper. Here’s what you’ll need for a homemade honey mustard dressing.

  • Dijon mustard—For that classic tangy honey mustard flavor
  • Honey—The sweetness behind the dressing
  • Apple cider vinegar—I’d recommend using raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar
  • Extra virgin olive oil—Olive oil is the base of the dressing
  • Salt and pepper—For a bit of seasoning

Wholefully Protip

You can use any plant-based oil in this salad dressing as long as it’s mild in flavor and a liquid at room temperature-i.e.no coconut oil.

 

A glass jar with homemade honey mustard vinaigrette stands in front of a full salad bowl ready for dressing.

What else do I need to make a honey mustard dressing?

Not much! The only thing you need to make it is a wide-mouth mason jar with a tight-fitting lid. Add your ingredients to the jar, tighten the cap, and shake! If you prefer a smoother dressing or your arms need a break, you can always use a blender or a food processor.

How should I store my honey mustard dressing?

This dressing can be stored in an airtight plastic or glass container. A mason jar makes the perfect container for storing this dressing, so if you used the method above to make your dressing, all you need to do is pop it in the fridge.

How long will my honey mustard dressing last?

This salad dressing is a vinaigrette, so it should last a little longer in the fridge than dairy-based salad dressings. Your honey mustard dressing should be good for one to two weeks in the refrigerator, as long as it’s in an airtight container.

Wholefully Protip

If your vinaigrette appears hard or chunky when you pull it out of the fridge, don’t panic! It’s natural for olive oil to harden a bit in the refrigerator. Allow it to warm up and shake it vigorously to regain its smooth texture.

Honey Mustard Salad Dressing

What pairs wells with this honey mustard vinaigrette?

This dressing is the perfect dipping sauce for all kinds of chicken (we love it on chicken tenders!). It also makes a great chicken marinade. It’s the dressing I use for my chickpea apple spinach salad and my apple walnut salad in a jar. This dressing is tangy and sweet, so you can use it in almost any salad.

Is this vinaigrette vegan? What about gluten-free?

Yes! This honey mustard dressing is 100% gluten-free! Whether or not it’s vegan is a more complex question to answer. In the end, it comes down to your personal preferences and beliefs. Some vegans believe honey should be off-limits; however, others think it’s okay because it comes from an insect and not an animal.

If you decide to leave out the honey, you can use another natural sweetener in its place. Agave syrup and maple syrup are both excellent substitutes.

Looking for more homemade salad dressings?

We have a whole collection of salad dressing recipes, including:

 

 
Honey Mustard Salad Dressing

Creamy Honey Mustard Dressing Recipe

Yield: 1 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This quick and easy honey mustard dressing recipe is better than store-bought! Skip the bottle and make your own sweet and tangy dressing at home.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid, shake until well combined. Alternatively, you can combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse until well combined and smooth.
  2. Refrigerate and let flavors blend for at least 30 minutes, preferably 2 hours, before serving.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 2 T
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 98Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 468mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 0g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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