Perfectly sweet with a bit of tanginess, this honey mustard dressing is creamy, delicious and only takes 5 minutes to whip up!

Honey mustard dressing seems to be a staple dressing (or sauce) in many homes and it’s the same over here. I grew up on honey mustard sauce so it will always be a little nostalgic for me!

Jar and spoon with honey mustard dressing. A salad is behind the jar of dressing.

Traditional honey mustard is loaded with ingredients you can’t pronounce and that aren’t so great for you. So I took a stab at an Eating Bird Food version and it’s just as flavorful but made with much better ingredients!

Jar of honey mustard dressing, a bowl of honey, a lemon half, a bowl fo dijon mustard and a salad on a table top.

Honey Mustard Dressing vs. Honey Mustard Sauce

Honestly, I use this recipe both ways, but the big difference is that honey mustard sauce is thicker and usually involves mayo whereas the dressing in thin enough to drizzle and includes oil.

Here’s a basic formula for traditional honey mustard dressing and sauce.

Honey mustard sauce: equal parts of honey, mustard and mayonnaise.

Honey mustard dressing: a blend of oil, vinegar, mustard and honey.

I added a few extra ingredients to bring this recipe to the next level!

Olive oil vinegar, honey, dijon, salt, pepper, garlic and lemon measured out on a table.

Ingredients and Substitutions

Here’s what you’ll need to make this sweet and tangy dressing.

  • olive oil – the perfect base to the rest of the ingredients.
  • lemon juice – lemon juice isn’t in the traditional recipe, but I find that a little lemon juice really brings out the flavors of the dressing!
  • honey – this is what gives the dressing the sweetness we all know and love. Feel free to use maple syrup for a vegan version.
  • mustard – can’t make honey mustard without mustard! I prefer using dijon mustard or stone-ground because the flavors are more robust, but traditional yellow mustard also works. Just know that yellow mustard does have more vinegar so you may want more honey or less apple cider vinegar to balance that out!
  • apple cider vinegarapple cider vinegar is loaded with health benefits and I love the tang it brings to this dressing. Look for apple cider vinegar with “the mother” included. I like Bragg’s apple cider vinegar!
  • garlic clove – another ingredient that isn’t in traditional honey mustard, but minced garlic really brings this dressing to the next level! You can also used minced shallot instead of garlic for a milder flavor.
  • sea salt and ground pepper – key seasonings to bring the flavors of this dressing together.

Side by side photos of a whisk and jar with ingredients to make honey mustard dressing before and asking being whisked.

What to Serve with this Dressing

Honey mustard is a staple dressing recipe! I like this on a variety of side salads and meal-sized salads. Here are some recipes that it would be great with:

White ceramic jar with a spout, full of honey mustard dressing. A lemon half, bowl of dijon, bowl of honey and a salad are next to the dressing jar.

How to Store Honey Mustard Dressing

I like to store my honey mustard dressing in a mason jar or a similar airtight container in the refrigerator. This honey mustard dressing should last up to a week in the fridge.

Spoon drizzling some honey mustard dressing from a jar.

Want More Salad Dressing Recipes?

Check out all my healthy homemade salad dressing recipes or try out some of the dressings below.

If you make this honey mustard dressing be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting us know how it turned out. Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and our readers!

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Spoon spooning a spoonful of honey mustard dressing from a glass jar.

Honey Mustard Dressing

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 3/4 cup
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Perfectly sweet with a bit of tanginess, this honey mustard dressing is creamy, delicious and only takes 5 minutes to whip up!


  • 1 lemon, juiced (about 23 Tablespoons)
  • 2 Tablespoons honey*
  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard*
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic or shallots
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup olive or avocado oil


  1. Blend: Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until combined or alternatively add all ingredients into a bowl and whisk until completely combined.
  2. Store: Store dressing in an airtight container for up to 1 week.


  • Vegan – use maple syrup instead of honey to make this dressing vegan.
  • Mustard – feel free to use stone-ground as a sub for Dijon. If you use yellow mustard, just know that it has more vinegar so you may want to add more honey or less apple cider vinegar to balance that out!
  • Category: Salad Dressing
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 2 Tablespoons
  • Calories: 106
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Sodium: 219mg
  • Fat: 9g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 8g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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    1. Amanda
      May 4, 2021 AT 8:09 am

      Are the garlic/shallots crucial?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 4, 2021 AT 12:48 pm

        It really takes this dressing up a notch in the flavor department so I wouldn’t recommend skipping it, but you can if you prefer.

    2. Nicole
      April 20, 2021 AT 12:51 pm

      Made this on Sunday and stored in a mason jar for the week ahead. WOW! Found my new staple salad dressing- this is so yummy on all my salads and I am definitely going to try using it as a marinade for salmon too. Love that it’s super easy and way better nutritionally than store bought dressing.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 20, 2021 AT 3:27 pm

        Woo! That makes me so happy to hear, Nicole! I’m so glad this honey mustard dressing was a hit. Thanks for making it and coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it!

    3. Michelle
      September 12, 2020 AT 1:24 pm

      Since finding this dressing a month ago I have made it three times! I add 2.5 T of honey since I like a little less Ka-POW. Just made it for a big chef salad lunch and it was super satisfying. My 22 mo-old loves dipping veggies in it. I love the clean ingredients and flavor that packs a punch! Thank you!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 14, 2020 AT 3:29 pm

        Yay!! So glad this dressing has been a hit. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    4. Kimberly
      April 18, 2020 AT 2:01 am

      This dressing was amazing! My whole family loved it. Every recipe I have tried from your page has been truly wonderful!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 20, 2020 AT 2:17 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Kimberly. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the recipes!! <3

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