Best Honey Mustard Dressing

My family loves this sweet and tangy homemade honey mustard dressing. It’s made with simple ingredients and tastes so much better than anything you can buy at the store.

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Honey Mustard Dressing Recipe Video

This honey mustard dressing recipe is incredibly simple to make, and you probably already have everything you need to make it in your kitchen.

I love that it uses real ingredients and does not call for mayonnaise. For a creamier sauce perfect for dipping, see our creamy honey mustard sauce.

Homemade Honey Mustard Salad Dressing

Key Ingredients

  • Mustard: I use creamy Dijon, but whole grain or regular yellow mustard will work.
  • Honey: I love using local raw honey (it tastes so good).
  • Apple cider vinegar: I love using apple cider vinegar with “the mother” left in the bottle (like Braggs).
  • Olive oil: Makes our dressing silky and luxurious. It also adds flavor.
  • Fresh lemon juice: Optional, but I highly recommend it. The lemon makes the dressing pop. I add the juice from one or two lemon wedges.

Ways to Use Honey Mustard Dressing

There’s a jar of this dressing in our fridge now, ready to be used in our favorite dishes. Of all the salad dressing recipes on Inspired Taste, this one is the most versatile. I highly recommend you skip store-bought salad dressing and use this on your favorite homemade salads. I also love drizzling it over roasted vegetables. It’s especially good with Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, sweet bell peppers, and broccoli.

You can even marinate chicken, fish, and pork in this dressing. You can also use it as a sauce for serving with pork chops or grilled chicken.

Homemade Honey Mustard Dressing

Best Honey Mustard Dressing

  • PREP

This delicious, sweet, and tangy homemade honey mustard dressing is easy to make and lasts up to three weeks in the fridge. Use for salads and as a dipping sauce.

Makes 1 cup

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You Will Need

1/4 cup (65g) Dijon mustard

3 tablespoons (65g) honey or more to taste

3 tablespoons (45ml) apple cider vinegar or more to taste

1/4 cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, optional

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper


    1Combine the mustard, honey, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and the black pepper and whisk until well blended and creamy.

    2Whisk in the oil, and then taste the dressing. Adjust with additional salt, vinegar, or honey. I enjoy my dressing to taste more tart, so I typically add an extra tablespoon of vinegar.

    3Alternatively, add all ingredients to a medium mason jar, secure the lid, and shake until blended.

    4Keep tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Storing: Homemade honey mustard dressing lasts for 3 weeks when stored in the fridge. We love keeping it in a glass mason jar so that we can shake it before adding it to salads or using it as a dipping sauce.
  • Vegan substitution: Substitute the honey for pure maple syrup.
  • The nutrition facts provided below are estimates.
Nutrition Per Serving Serving Size 1 tablespoon / Calories 47 / Total Fat 3.5g / Saturated Fat 0.5g / Cholesterol 0mg / Sodium 206.9mg / Carbohydrate 3.4g / Dietary Fiber 0g / Total Sugars 3.3g / Protein 0g
AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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32 comments… Leave a Review
  • Rhonda Heberle February 17, 2024, 10:23 am

    My husband always buys store bought Honey Mustard Salad Dressing. He eats a salad every night before dinner. I finally decided to search on Google for a handmade Honey Mustard Dressing and found that your recipe outshined all of the others. It was clear that it is so much healthier (no mayonnaise, preservatives, etc.) PLUS it last up to five weeks in an airtight mason jar! I had all the ingredients!! The first time I made it, he added it to his salad. After a few bites he looked at me and said to me: “This is the BEST salad dressing you’ve ever made!” (Word for word). The first batch was gone in 3 days. Yesterday I doubled the recipe but decided to go to grocery store to upgrade the honey I had been using. I just felt it was well worth it! He will be using this not only on his salad but also on a ham we just bought for sandwiches, and also as a dipping sauce!! Thank you so much for sharing your simple yet super delicious recipe for ALL of your unseen fans to enjoy!!

    • Joanne April 13, 2024, 5:50 pm

      Hi Rhonda, Thank you for such a thoughtful, kind comment! I am trilled that you enjoy the dressing so much.

  • Karen Ann Williams January 21, 2024, 4:55 pm

    Very tasty and so much better than all the chemicals in store bought brands. Definietly need to whisk it to keep all ingredients together

    • Joanne April 13, 2024, 5:49 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it, Karen!

  • Steve C. December 2, 2023, 10:35 pm

    Your Honey-Mustard dressing is quite tasty!Thanks,SC

  • Brenda October 5, 2023, 5:14 pm

    I tend to like ranch and blue cheese dressings (calories!). However, this is my new fave! So easy to make and tasty.

  • Ardis July 5, 2023, 7:38 pm

    I am making 100 plus chunky chicken salads for a commemoration and have a question: Given that I don’t refrigerate yellow mustard or any of the ingredients, can I please prepare and package in individual plastic containers the dressing days ahead of my event WITHOUT refrigeration?

    • Joanne August 8, 2023, 4:01 pm

      Honestly, we prefer to refrigerate mustards (especially if they have been opened). To be on the safe side, I’d keep them cool in a cooler or the fridge.

  • Shaina June 7, 2023, 11:53 am

    Ooh, I like it. Very well balanced, not too sweet or sour. I’ll make this again. I made this for a veggie wrap (whole wheat wrap, romaine, provolone, avocado and cucumber). Added some lentil chips on the side. Would add carrots and veggie chick’n next time. This made for a great combo!

  • Jakob April 25, 2023, 9:00 pm

    A recipe that I don’t need to modify! A rarity. Great on a jerk chicken salad and my 7 year old has been enjoying this as a change of pace to her salads she brings to school.

  • Gracie Justus March 19, 2023, 8:25 pm

    Amazing! And absolutely worth 5 stars! It’s so good! I usually bring home chicken tenders from different restaurants and never have leftover honey mustard. So I’m not sad anymore cuz I know how to make it! Thank you!

  • Ally gibbs December 16, 2022, 6:47 pm

    A delicious dressing! I added some wholegrain mustard in as I like too see the seeds.
    This is my go to recipe!


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