Restaurants always seem to have the upper hand when it comes to dips and sauces, and the store-bought renditions never seem to taste quite as good. Here’s some good news: You no longer need either, because now, you can make a classic Honey Mustard Dressing as good as your favorite restaurant. One that’s perfect for both drizzling and dipping.
This Honey Mustard Dressing Recipe is sweet and tangy perfection, and it all comes together in 2 minutes or less.
WHAT’S IN HONEY MUSTARD DRESSING?
Honey Mustard Dressing is a creamy condiment used for topping all kinds of salads, sandwiches, and of course, for dipping. It’s on the menu at just about every salad-serving restaurant and on the condiment aisle of every grocery store, but nothing compares to a homemade rendition.
It’s made up of three main ingredients, two of which will not surprise you at all — honey and mustard. For a classic Honey Mustard Dressing, you’ll want to go with plane Jane yellow mustard. The last ingredient, however, might be somewhat of a revelation to you. It’s mayonnaise.
Mayonnaise is what gives a classic, restaurant-style Honey Mustard its creamy consistency, making this dressing perfect for both topping a salad or for dipping.
HONEY MUSTARD INGREDIENTS
- Yellow Mustard
In addition to the 3 main-stays, a pinch of salt and a little cayenne is the only seasoning you’ll need. The cayenne is optional, but it does add a nice kick to the dressing.
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE HONEY MUSTARD DRESSING
Homemade Honey Mustard Dressing comes together in three simple steps:
- Measure out the mayonnaise, honey, and yellow mustard.
- Add a pinch of salt and cayenne
- Stir to combine.
Yes — it’s really that easy. All you have to do is measure your mayonnaise, honey, and yellow mustard and add them to a bowl. Season with a pinch of salt and cayenne pepper for a touch of heat, and that’s all there is to making this beloved salad topper. Recipes do not get a whole lot easier than this, folks.
IS HONEY MUSTARD GOOD FOR YOU?
While Honey Mustard Dressing is both gluten-free and dairy-free, it may not necessarily be the healthiest of choices. It is mayonnaise-based after all. It weighs in at about 276 calories for a 3 tablespoon-sized serving. If you’re looking for a sweet dressing on the healthier side, you might want to try a vinaigrette instead.
However, everything in moderation, and this Honey Mustard Dressing is a small indulgence well-worth taking.
DRESSING, DIP, OR SAUCE — YOU CHOOSE.
In addition to topping your homemade house salad, this creamy Honey Mustard Dressing is wonderful as a sandwich condiment and as a dipper for both chicken tenders and baked pretzels, but the fun doesn’t stop there…
Use your homemade Honey Mustard on any of the following main dishes for the perfect sweet and tangy upgrade:
- Honey Mustard Chicken with Bacon and Cheese
- Breaded Pork Chops
- The Ultimate Club Sandwich
- Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich
Honey Mustard is one of my personal favorites, and in our home, we use it a lot. My oldest daughter requests it every time we serve baked chicken tenders, and we actually got her to try a salad for the first time thanks to a drizzle of homemade Honey Mustard Dressing.
It’s quick to make, extremely versatile, and better than any store-bought rendition. Guaranteed. Pleaes, enjoy!
5 MORE DRESSINGS YOU’LL LOVE (+ SALAD SUGGESTIONS)
- Easy Ranch Dressing features the perfect blend of mayonnaise, sour cream, minced garlic and a simple mix of herbs and spices. It’s perfect on top of a Classic House Salad…or anything with lettuce, really.
- Green Goddess Dressing comes together quickly in a blender and is made with creamy avocado and tangy buttermilk. You’ll find it featured in a simple and healthy Shrimp and Tomato Salad.
- Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing is a healthy take on Ranch Dressing, made up of Greek yogurt and comes with a kick thanks to chipotle and lime. Use it to top Southwest Chopped Chicken Salad Tacos or any salad with a Southwest vibe.
- Lemon-Poppy Seed Dressing comes together fast with a quick mix of mayonnaise, honey, lemon juice, and poppy seeds. Use it on any number of salads, but it is particularly lovely on this Kale Broccoli Salad.
- Balsamic Dressing is tangy, a little sweet and way easier to make from scratch than you might think. Use it to top off Bruschetta Chicken Salad.
Two minutes and a few ingredients is all you need to make this classic, restaurant-style Honey Mustard Dressing featuring mayonnaise, honey, and yellow mustard.
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
- Pinch of salt
- Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, honey, mustard, salt and cayenne. Whisk until well blended and serve.
For a thinner dressing, add 1 tablespoon of water and stir until it has reached the desired consistency.