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Simple Honey Mustard Dressing (Vinaigrette)

Simple Honey Mustard Dressing can be whipped up in just 5 minutes. A flavourful vinaigrette salad dressing combining Dijon mustard and runny honey with some freshly squeezed lemon juice. A touch of chilli balances out the sweet and sour flavours in this honey mustard vinaigrette.

Jar filled with honey mustard dressing and a bowl of watermelon and feta salad set alongside.

This best honey mustard dressing recipe is perfectly balanced, sweet honey, sour lemon, spicy chilli and a touch of salt. A good homemade salad dressing will add a punch of flavor and seasoning to any dish its added to.

The added chilli and dried oregano are entirely optional and you can leave those ingredients out if you prefer and still be left with a great tasting salad dressing.

I like to make my own homemade salad dressings and rarely buy store-bought dressings. My healthy honey mustard salad dressing does not contain refined sugars, excess salt or unnecessary additives and preservatives.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • The perfect balance of flavours with the sweet honey, sharp mustard, sour lemon and just a touch of chilli spice.
  • Make ahead and store the dressing in the fridge until you are ready to serve.
  • Ready in 5 minutes just place everything in a jar with a lid and shake.

Honey Mustard Dressing ingredients

Honey mustard dressing ingredients set into individual bowls.
  • Mustard – I add Dijon mustard to the dressing.
  • Honey – a little runny honey adds sweetness and balances out the sour flavour of lemon juice.
  • Lemon – I add the juicea fresh lemon to the salad dressing. Freshly squeezed lemon juice will always give the best flavor, but bottled fresh lemon juice can work in a pinch.
  • Oil – extra virgin olive oil is added to the dressing as it has a great nutty flavor. Use regular olive oil if you don’t have EVOO.
  • Flavouring – I add extra flavour to the honey mustard vinaigrette with some dried oregano and chilli flakes.
  • Seasoning – there’s so much flavour in this salad dressing that I keep seasoning simple with some sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

How to make Honey Mustard Dressing

  • Place all the ingredients into a jar.
  • Place the lid on the jar and give it a good shake to combine all the ingredients together.
  • You can also place all the ingredients into a small bowl and whisk to emulsify.
  • Place in the refrigerator until ready to dress a salad.
  • Give the salad dressing a good shake before using to incorporate all the ingredients together again.
A hand holding a jar of honey mustard dressing.

Recipe variations

  • I’ve used Dijon mustard but you could also use wholegrain mustard. Don’t use English or yellow mustard as it has too strong a flavor which will overpower the other ingredients in the dressing.
  • For extra lemon flavour, add the finely grated zest of a lemon too.
  • Don’t have lemon juice, then swap for another acid like white wine or apple cider vinegar.
  • If you don’t like spice you can leave out the chilli flakes, or cut back and just add a pinch.
  • Add 1/2 a clove of finely crushed garlic to the dressing, no more or the raw garlic will overpower every other flavour in the dressing.

Serving suggestions

This simple salad dressing can be added to a variety of salads. I’ve served it here with my Watermelon Feta Salad, but it would work equally well over my Roast Pumpkin Salad or a Warm Potato Salad.

Don’t limit yourself to only using honey mustard dressing with salads, this would make a great dipping sauce for grilled chicken or veggie sticks. I also like to drizzle this dressing over my Honey Roasted Root Vegetables, or my Roasted Honey Glazed Carrots.

A bowl of watermelon salad with honey mustard dressing being poured over.

Useful hints and tips

  1. Always check salad dressing for seasoning before you dress the salad, and adjust with a little more salt, black pepper and chilli flakes if required.
  2. I recommend using a jam jar when making salad dressing as it makes it really easy to mix the dressing, place the lid on and give it a good shake. The lidded jar also keeps the salad fresh when being stored in the fridge.
  3. Containing no dairy this salad dressing is suitable for dairy free.
  4. If serving to vegan diners swap the honey for maple or agave syrup.
  5. Allergy advice: gluten free, dairy free, egg free, soya free and nut free. For comprehensive and detailed allergy advice go to Allergy UK.

FAQs

How long does honey mustard dressing last?

Once made, this salad dressing can be stored in the fridge for up to a week. Ensure you shake the jar well before each use.

Why add mustard to salad dressing?

Not only does mustard provide flavor to this honey mustard dressing, it also acts as an emulsifying agent which helps the oil and acids to combine.

Is honey mustard salad dressing healthy?

Yes, this is a healthy salad dressing as it does not contain refined sugars, excess salt or any unnecessary additives or preservatives.

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Honey Mustard Dressing

Simple Honey Mustard Dressing is a flavourful vinaigrette salad dressing combining Dijon mustard and runny honey. Freshly squeezed lemon juice and a touch of chilli add a balance of flavour to the dressing.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 103kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Place all the ingredients into a jar.
  • Place the lid on the jar and give it a good shake to combine all the ingredients together.
  • You can also place all the ingredients into a small bowl and whisk to emulsify.
  • Place in the refrigerator until ready to dress a salad.
  • Give the salad dressing a good shake before using to incorporate all the ingredients together again.

Notes

Once made this salad dressing can be stored in the fridge for up to a week. Ensure you shake the jar well before use.
Nutrition Facts
Honey Mustard Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 103 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Sodium 228mg10%
Potassium 38mg1%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 0.4g1%
Vitamin A 60IU1%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

• Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only •

Course : Dressing
Cuisine : British
Keyword : best honey mustard dressing recipe, honey mustard salad dressing, honey mustard vinaigrette, simple honey mustard dressing
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