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Easy Homemade Honey Mustard Dressing

Honey mustard dressing is delicious on salads and as a dip for a variety of foods, from vegetables and crackers to chicken strips and roast beef.

bowl of honey mustard dressing beside a salad

It’s an easy salad dressing to make and lasts for several days if you keep it refrigerated. In fact, it’s just as good the next day, so you can make it ahead of time.

If you have time, please read this entire post before you make the recipe. However, if you are in a hurry, click on the jump-to-recipe button beneath the time, and it will take you to the top of the printable recipe card.

Easy Dressings and Dips

Most of the salad dressings and dips are super easy to make. Sure, you can purchase them ready-made, but you can make it according to your personal taste if you do it yourself.

Here are some other dressings we enjoy:

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing – I love this on salads, chips, and buffalo wings. Its creamy texture balances anything that’s tart or spicy.

buttermilk ranch dressing and salad

Thousand Island Dressing – This old-school salad dressing brings back wonderful memories of my childhood. And it tastes much better than anything I remember.

Thousand Island dressing next to a plate of vegetables

Chunky Bleu Cheese Dressing – My friend Julia is a wonderful cook, and she offers the recipe for this yummy dressing on her blog Julia’s Simply Southern.

Honey Mustard Dressing Ingredients

You only need a few ingredients that you probably have on hand. If you want to adjust the amount of anything, feel free to do so.

Here are the ingredients:

  • Honey – Any kind of honey will work in this recipe.
  • Mustard – You can use regular, dijon, or brown mustard. I used dijon.
  • Mayonnaise – Dukes or Hellman’s? It doesn’t matter … or maybe it does. I like Dukes.
  • Vinegar – I’ve used both apple cider vinegar and distilled white vinegar, and I can’t tell the difference in the finished product. Since you don’t need much, it doesn’t matter.
  • Cayenne pepper (optional) – Use as much or as little cayenne pepper as you want. Or you can pass on it and leave it mild. We just happen to like it spicy.
mayonnaise, vinegar, honey, dijon mustard, and cayenne pepper

For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.

I always recommend following the recipe as-is the first time and adjusting in the future. Do whatever you think is right for your family and others who will be at the table with you.

drizzling honey mustard dressing over a mixed greens salad

How to Make Honey Mustard Dressing

Most salad dressings are easy to make, and this one is no different.

Just put all of the ingredients in a bowl and whisk.

If you want to put this in a blender, that’s fine. But I feel that it’s easier to use a whisk than clean a blender.

honey mustard ingredients in a bowl before whisking

Of course, you’ll want to make sure that everything is well mixed. However, don’t worry if you have tiny specks of mayonnaise or cayenne pepper dotting the dressing.

That doesn’t affect the flavor a single bit. In fact, it adds character.

whisked honey mustard ingredients in a bowl

After the dressing is made, taste it. I believe in trying anything I cook before I serve it so I know that it’s the way I want it.

If you want more heat, add a little more cayenne.

extra cayenne pepper added to honey mustard dressing

Be careful, though, because a little bit goes a long way.

Or if you’ve put too much cayenne in, you can still salvage it by adding more of the other ingredients until the heat is toned down.

I know that some people like a honey mustard recipe without mayo. If this is you, then simply leave it out. This is your dressing, so make it however you like it.

More Tips for Making Honey Mustard Dressing

Follow the recipe as written, and you’ll have some wonderful dressing for whatever you want to put it on. Here are more tips:

  • Use quality ingredients.
  • Add fresh-squeezed lemon juice to crank up the flavor.
  • Mix and taste often. You might discover that you need a little more mustard or another drop or two of honey. Tasting it is the best way to know.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste, but don’t overdo it.
  • If the mixture is too thick, thin it out with a very small amount of water or olive oil.
  • For storage, put it in an airtight container and refrigerate it. Before you use the dressing, give it another whisk to make sure all of the ingredients are well mixed.

Gluten-Free Salad Dressing

One of the many things I love about this is the fact that it’s gluten-free. Many of the store-bought dressings have wheat or barley in them, and this is a problem for anyone who is sensitive to gluten.

Even if you don’t have to avoid gluten, my thought is that if it’s not necessary, why add it? This dressing is so delicious, and you can feel good about knowing what’s in it.

drizzling honey mustard dressing over a mixed greens salad

More Recipes

If you want to enjoy this honey mustard dressing on a super delicious salad, try swapping out the mayo on this BLT salad. It is so good!

Here are some of my most recent favorite recipes:

Zucchini Pizza Bites – Who says snack food can’t be good for you? These pizza bites are as nutritious as they are delicious!

Easy Ham and Potato Casserole – When you want comfort food, this should be one of the first things you think of. It’s easy, flavorful, and so satisfying!

Blueberry Smoothie – Don’t forget about beverages! This one is yummy, and it provides a lot of vitamins to help keep you healthy.

Crock Pot Catalina Chicken – When you want a delicious meal at the end of the day, but you don’t have time to hover over it, pull out the slow cooker. This Catalina chicken is wonderful and will quickly become a family favorite.

Baked Pecan-Crusted Fish – If you like fish, and you like pecans, you’ll love how they work so well together to deliver a flavorful main dish. Serve it with amazing homemade tartar sauce for a restaurant quality meal. 

Easy Homemade Salsa – Next time you want to munch on chips, make this delicious and easy salsa. You control how hot (or sweet) to make it, so you know it’ll be good.

Classic Guacamole – Here is another delicious dip for your chips. Put it next to the salsa and encourage people to try both.

Homemade Tortilla Chips – Of course you’ll need something to dip into the salsa and guacamole, and these chips are perfect! Once you make these, you’ll be addicted. And it’s so easy!

Yield: 4 servings

Honey Mustard Dressing

drizzling honey mustard dressing over salad

It's so easy to make your own honey mustard dressing you'll never want to go back to ready-made.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1/3 cup of honey
  • 1/4 cup of mustard (regular or dijon)
  • 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon of vinegar
  • Dash of cayenne pepper (more if you like spicy dressing)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Whisk the ingredients until they are well mixed.
  3. Drizzle over a salad or scoop into small mixing bowls for dipping your favorite veggies or meat.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 118Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 1mgSodium 195mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 1gSugar 23gProtein 1g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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