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Honey-Mustard Dressing

A little sweet and a little spicy, this easy, healthy honey-mustard dressing will have you swearing off the store-bought stuff for good.


Honey Mustard Salad Dressing in a small pitcher with a spoon

Healthy, Satisfying, Goes-With-Everything Honey-Mustard Dressing

Stone-ground mustard, honey and rice vinegar bring bright acidity, sweetness and mild heat, while a good pour of olive oil makes the dressing creamy—no mayo needed!

We love to whip up a big batch of this healthy, satisfying, goes-with-everything honey-mustard dressing and keep it in a big jar the fridge. The mustard-vinegar-oil emulsion might separate a bit in the cold fridge, but that’s not really a problem—just give the jar a good shake when you’re ready to use it.

ingredients laid out stone ground mustard, honey, shallots, salt, pepper, rice vinegar and light tasting olive oil

How To Make Honey-Mustard Dressing

The secret to making creamy vinaigrettes like this one, without the use of any dairy or mayo, is knowing how to make a good emulsion. An emulsion is simply a mixture of liquids that are normally unmixable—in the case of vinaigrettes like our honey-mustard dressing, those two liquids are vinegar and oil. Mustard also helps to make this dairy-free honey-mustard creamy. Here’s how crazy-easy it is to make honey-mustard dressing at home:

  1. Whisk together the honey, stone-ground mustard, minced shallot and rice vinegar until well-mixed.
  2. Slowly pour in the olive oil, whisking constantly, to create a creamy, well-emulsified dressing.
  3. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Pour into a jar and store in the fridge until you’re ready to use it! Up to two weeks.
Honey Mustard Salad Dressing ingredients in a bowl
Honey Mustard Salad Dressing in a bowl with a whisk

Is Honey-Mustard Healthy?

It really is! Not only is this honey-mustard dressing recipe low carb and gluten-free, it is a super healthy way to dress up simple salads and various veggies to make them more appealing to picky eaters. The light sweetness of honey means that this dressing is irresistible to little eaters—offer a small bowl of honey-mustard dressing for dipping, and you just might find that your toddler can’t get enough steamed broccoli (or grilled zucchini, or whatever other vegetable that would normally end up on the floor).

Honey Mustard Salad Dressing in a small bowl

What Is Stone-Ground Mustard?

Stone-ground mustard—also known as whole-grain mustard—is a mustard where the mustard seeds are ground less-finely than they are in Dijon or yellow mustard. We love the slightly grainy texture and richer flavor of stone-ground mustard. This brand is our go-to. However, if all you have on-hand is Dijon, you can sub that for the stone-ground mustard that our honey-mustard dressing recipe calls for. Yellow mustard is not a good substitute for stone-ground, though—it’s a little too vinegar-y and won’t result in a lusciously creamy dressing.

Honey Mustard Salad Dressing dripping off a spoon into a small pitcher

Healthy Honey-Mustard Dressing: Drizzle, Marinate, Drench.

As we’ve already mentioned, we usually mix this dressing up by the jar-full. Double or triple this recipe and keep it in the fridge—boom, you’ve got a healthy dressing or marinade ready to go at all times. Here are a few of our favorite ways to use it:

  • When blackberries are in season, we eat this Blackberry Goat Cheese Salad at least once a week.
  • Baked Salmon with Grapefruit Salad sings with the flavors of sunny days, but is easy to prepare any time of the year. Hearty and healthy never tasted so good.
  • Toss this dressing with roasted or grilled veggies—especially summertime favorites like zucchini, asparagus, or green beans—and serve as a simple, healthy side dish for just about any meal.
Honey Mustard Salad Dressing on a spoon
Honey Mustard Salad Dressing in a small pitcher with a spoon

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Honey-Mustard Dressing

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  5 min
  • Cook Time:  5 min
  • Calories: 229


  • 2 tbsp stone-ground mustard
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 small shallot, minced (2 tbsp)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


  1. Whisk all ingredients in a small bowl until the oil and vinegar emulsify.

**If you own an immersion blender, you can pulse the dressing a few times to make it creamier. Don't pulse to much or you will loose the integrity of the mustard seeds.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories229
  • Protein0 g
  • Carbohydrates7 g
  • Total Fat19 g
  • Dietary Fiber0 g
  • Cholesterol0 mg
  • sodium348 mg
  • Total Sugars6 g

Honey-Mustard Dressing

Questions & Reviews

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  • Laura

    If possible, how can this dressing be frozen?

    We don't usually freeze salad dressing. If you want to try you could pour it into ice cube trays until frozen then pop those in a freezer bag or freezer container.

  • Kelly

    How long will this dressing keep in the refrigerator?

    Up to 2 weeks. Hope you enjoy Kelly!

  • Jaimie

    Delicious! So easy to make and very versatile.

    Thanks Jaimie! Glad you loved it!

  • Judi

    I made this salad dressing last night. It’s so easy to make, and delicious!

    Thanks Judi, glad you loved it!

  • Alicia

    Very easy recipe and was very tasty over the baked salmon & grapefruit salad. Will add to my arsenal!

    This is so great to hear, thank you Alicia!

  • Jenn

    Best honey mustard I've ever had, I'll never buy store bought again!

    Thank you Jenn that is quite the compliment! We are so glad you love it so much!