A homemade honey mustard dressing recipe that you can make at home easily with just 6 ingredients and 5 minutes - it's perfect for salads, dipping and marinades.
Whenever I order a salad at restaurants I usually choose honey mustard dressing. I'm not as huge a fan of ranch dressing like my kids are, blue cheese is too strong for me, and balsamic vinaigrette (or other vinaigrette flavors) is the standard dressing I make at home.
However, a few years ago I found a recipe I adapted to replicate the same flavor I was use to in restaurants and it turned out perfectly. Now I can have honey mustard dressing whenever I want!
I've also discovered that it works wonderfully as a dip for chicken wings and makes a great marinade for chicken and pork before grilling or broiling. It's like honey mustard all the time around here now.
All it takes to make this wonderful dressing is about five minutes and a few real food ingredients - and then you, too, can have your own restaurant dressing at home.
How to Make Honey Mustard Dressing
You'll need six very basic ingredients:
- olive oil
- rice vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
- Dijon mustard
I like to remember this - and other simple homemade salad dressing ingredients - whenever I'm tempted to grab a bottle of dressing from the shelf- even the organic ones tend to have a lot of ingredients (organic modified food starch, anyone?).
Once you grab your ingredients, add most of them to a blender jar, blend, and then add the oil as the motor runs.
Pouring the oil in while the machine is running emulsifies all the ingredients together and thickens the dressing.
Everyone who tries this loves it and can't believe I made it, let alone that it is so quick and easy to make - go and make some today!
Perfect Honey Mustard Dressing & Marinade
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/3 cup rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- 3/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
- Combine all the ingredients except the olive oil and salt in a blender (or food processor). Blend until mixed, about 30 seconds.
- With the motor running, add the olive oil in a slow stream, blending until the dressing is smooth and creamy.
- Taste and add salt if desired.
Other easy salad dressing recipes to try:
Best Ranch Dressing (kid-approved!)
Note: This recipe has been updated - it was originally published in 2010.