Honey Mustard Dressing – Add a little sweet and tangy zip to your favorite salad, sandwich, or chicken with our homemade honey mustard dipping sauce or dressing! (Gluten-Free, Paleo-Friendly)
I’m on a salad kick lately for my lunches (that Valentine’s Day recipe testing is no joke!), so a good salad dressing goes a long way for me. I’ve been mixing things up on the weekends, choosing one salad dressing recipe to make for the week, and enjoying it all week long.
It’s an easy way to keep things tasting fresh and to add new and exciting flavors to lunches and dinners. One of my favorites that keeps sneaking into the rotation lately is my homemade honey mustard dressing. Sweet, tangy, with just a little kick, this dairy-free dressing tastes great on salads, sandwiches, chicken, and so much more.
Plus, it’s CRAZY easy to make!
My creamy honey mustard dressing recipe only uses equal parts of three main ingredients + a little pinch of some pantry staples I *know* you’ve got on hand…
Here’s What Goes Into Our Honey Mustard Dressing Recipe
Some honey mustard salad dressings use extras like olive oil, apple cider vinegar, or lemon juice, but in all my years of trying new recipes, I keep coming back to these ingredients for honey mustard dressing:
- MAYO OR VEGENAISE. You can use mayo or vegenaise for your honey mustard dressing. It provides a nice creamy base and the flavor really doesn’t come through much at all. (Choose a paleo-approved mayo to be paleo-compliant)
- DIJON MUSTARD. Dijon mustard is one of the big flavor boosts in my honey mustard. My favorite is this one from Annie’s, which has a little less bite, less horseradish, and a bit more flavor, but you can certainly use your favorite. I don’t recommend grainy mustard unless it’s your favorite.
- HONEY. It wouldn’t be honey mustard without a little honey! Honey adds a sweet note and tempers the Dijon a bit for the perfect sweet-tangy combination. (Note: if you’re vegan, I *have* made this with maple syrup and it’s pretty good! Otherwise, you can use apple “honey.”)
- SALT + PEPPER. Lastly, I finish things off with a little sea salt and pepper. Simple, easy, delicious.
And that’s IT!
How To Make Honey Mustard Dressing or Dipping Sauce, Step By Step:
- In a small jar or mixing bowl, combine mayonnaise, mustard, honey, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
- Cover & shake the jar or whisk the dressing in the bowl until smooth and glossy.
- Taste and add additional salt or pepper, as desired.
- Serve as a honey mustard dipping sauce for chicken, a dressing for salads, or condiment for sandwiches, wraps, and more.
- Store leftovers in a Mason jar or airtight container in the refrigerator up to 1 week.
Now, Let’s Use It! Here Are Some Yummy Ways To Use Honey Mustard:
Honey mustard dressing is one of those sauces that’s good on SO many things! Here are a few of our favorites…
- OVER YOUR FAVORITE SALAD. Honey mustard is great with big, beautiful salads or super simple ones. We love it on our Fall Chopped Salad, or a big Cobb or chopped salad, but I put it on ALL kinds of salad combinations.
- SERVED WITH CHICKEN TENDERS. Honey mustard is probably my favorite dipping sauce for chicken tenders or chicken nuggets! Try it with our Crispy Gluten-Free Chicken Tenders, Almond Flour Chicken Tenders, Pecan Crusted Chicken Tenders, Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken Tenders, or Crispy Coconut Chicken Tenders. It works with all of them!
- ALONGSIDE CRISPY SMASHED POTATOES. If you’re in a salty mood (flavor-wise, not mood-wise), I love our honey mustard with our crispy smashed potatoes. (I could eat those potatoes every day of my life and never get tired of them. So good!)
- SPREAD ON A SANDWICH OR WRAP. Or, you can keep things simple by spreading a little honey mustard on your favorite sandwich or wrap. It adds a lovely layer of flavor that plays nicely with all sorts of sandwich fillings–turkey, chicken salad, BLTs, etc.
- WITH SWEET POTATO FRIES. It sounds crazy, but it actually works! These salty, smokey, savory crispy seasoned sweet potato fries pair so nicely with sweet tang of honey mustard.
- OVER ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS. Ohhhh baby, this combo is so good! Try something like our Crispy Roasted Balsamic Brussels Sprouts and drizzle just a little honey mustard over them before serving. The crispy edges + creamy dressing are so good together!
FAQ + Tips And Tricks For The Best Honey Mustard Dressing:
MIX IT UP! TRY ONE OF THESE YUMMY VARIATIONS. If you want to change things up, try one of these variations:
- ADD A LITTLE VINEGAR. Many honey mustard recipes add about 1 Tbsp. of white wine vinegar or rice vinegar for some extra brightness + kick.
- ADD FRESH OR DRIED HERBS. You can easily add a little extra flavor by stirring in 1/4 tsp. dried dill, or 1/2-1 Tbsp. of fresh dill or tarragon.
- ADD SOME CAYENNE. Or, go for a little more kick by adding a pinch (or a hefty pinch!) of cayenne pepper.
- ADD SOME GREEK YOGURT. Instead of using all mayonnaise, you can split it and do half mayo, half plain Greek yogurt. It’s a bit tangier, lighter, and higher in protein!
CAN I USE YELLOW MUSTARD INSTEAD? It’s up to you. My favorite is with Dijon mustard, but if you HATE dijon, or like your honey mustard sauce a bit more vinegar-y, yellow mustard might be the move for you!
WHAT’S THE BEST KIND OF DIJON MUSTARD? In my opinion, it’s Annie’s. Annie’s dijon mustard doesn’t have the same super-strong bite or horseradish elements that some other Dijon mustards do. This one’s more mild and flavorful in my opinion and tastes GREAT. It’s also vegan, paleo, keto, Whole30, and gluten-free! I get it at Sprouts, Target, and other local grocery stores for a great price. (Target’s store brand is a good backup!)
HOW LONG DOES HONEY MUSTARD STAY FRESH IN THE FRIDGE? Like many homemade dressings, this honey mustard dressing will keep for about 1 week in the refrigerator. I recommend storing it in an airtight jar or container for best results!