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Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

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This simple, homemade honey mustard vinaigrette dressing takes just minutes to make using pantry staples you likely already have on hand!

Drizzling honey mustard vinaigrette over salad.

This Honey Mustard Vinaigrette is always a family favorite due to the sweet and tangy flavor combinations. Made with just five simple ingredients, I’m so happy my mom taught me how easy it is to make salad dressings at home. And once you learn this quick and easy recipe, you’ll never buy store-bought again!


  • Honey: Naturally sweet, it pairs wonderfully with the tang of the mustard for a well balanced flavor.
  • Dijon mustard: Tangy, sharp, with a bit of spice, it’s stronger than typical mustard. You could also use a brown or grainy mustard.
  • Garlic: Nutty, spicy, strong flavor that is delicious with salads.
  • Olive oil: Adds volume to the dressing while blending with ingredients to combine.
  • Lemon juice: Bright acidic flavor that adds freshness to the dressing.

How to Make Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

Adding honey to bowl

Start your Honey Mustard Vinaigrette by adding honey to a bowl.

Adding mustard to bowl

Then add your dijon mustard.

Grating garlic into salad dressing

Then use a microplane to grate the garlic into the bowl.

Adding olive oil to bowl

Then slowly add the olive oil, whisking all the while to emulsify the oil into the dressing.

Squeezing lemon juice into bowl

Add the lemon juice, making sure to catch any seeds.

Seasoning salad dressing

Then finish with a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

Whisking salad dressing

Give it another strong whisking to make sure it’s fully combined.

Honey mustard vinaigrette on salad.

Serve over your favorite salad greens, and enjoy your Honey Mustard Vinaigrette!

Frequently asked questions:

How long does fresh salad dressing keep for?

You should be able to keep it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Can you replace lemon juice with apple cider vinegar?

I wouldn’t recommended it, as the apple cider vinegar would be too strong. I would try rice vinegar and use half the amount of lemon juice and add from there to taste.

Is honey dijon the same as dijon?

Honey dijon is going to be much sweeter and a bit milder than just plain dijon.

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Drizzling honey mustard vinaigrette over salad

Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

4.11 stars average
This simple, homemade honey dijon vinaigrette recipe takes just minutes to make using pantry staples you likely already have on hand!
PREP: 5 mins
TOTAL: 5 mins
Servings: 6


  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic (grated)
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon juiced (about 1/4 cup)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Place all ingredients in a resealable glass jar and shake well, or in a bowl and whisk well. Check for seasoning and adjust accordingly.
  • Serve over salad greens immediately or store in an air-tight refrigerated container for up to 10 days.

Recipe Video


Calories: 107kcalCarbohydrates: 6.4gProtein: 0.1gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7.8gSodium: 120mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 6g

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  1. I can’t eat store bought dressings because of food and chemical intolerances so I was so happy to find this recipe! Super easy and better than anything found in the store! Delicious! Thank you!

  2. Amazing flavor! Just made a double batch to go with dinner tonight and lunch later this week. Such amazing flavor, I really love the lemon juice as opposed to using only vinegar! Perfect t flavor. We diced up a clove of garlic and a few thin slices of shallots. Hit it with the emerson blender and called it golden!

  3. 5 stars from me! This is such a great recipe I have it posted on the side of my fridge all the time, I love it for many reasons. It is a good dip for chicken tenders, great dressing for green salads and it is great to serve as a dip with roasted sweet potatoes. This is a true winner, thank so much for posting it!! For those who love honey mustard dips for chicken and salad dressings you will especially like this one I predict. I usually double the recipe and keep extra in the fridge because I use it all the time.

  4. THANK YOU! I love this – I was out of money and had to make salad dressing, found your recipe and I am soooo happy! Bless you and your mother ; )

  5. This was by far the very best Honey Mustard Dressing I have made yet, I did add a little extra honey but everything else the same. Served it over a lettuce & kale salad with toasted pecans and feta cheese with some Rosemary chicken, perfect!

  6. This has many of my favorite flavors! Lemon ev-er-y-thing, and mustard is such an incredible ingredient that can really transform a dish, in my opinion. I plan to make this asap and will keep extra on hand!

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