How to Make Honey Mustard Dressing for Salads


Sweet and tangy with a creamy finish, the sophisticated flavor of honey-mustard is a great way to dress up everything from garden to pasta salads. Inspired by Eating Well’s Honey-Mustard Vinaigrette, apple cider vinegar contributes an acidic brightness that bridges the flavors of sweet honey and earthy mustard, while mayonnaise adds body and creaminess. Garlic powder adds even more flavor dimensions, but you can use whatever herbs or seasonings you would like to punch up the flavor.

Start to Finish: 10 minutes

Servings: About 3/4 cup

Difficulty Level: Beginner


  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


Add all of the ingredients except for the extra-virgin olive oil in a bowl and whisk to combine. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil, whisking vigorously the entire time, until the mixture is fully incorporated.


Store the dressing, refrigerated, in a tightly sealed container for up to three to four days.

Substitutions and Variations

Instead of apple cider vinegar, try using white wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar or fresh-squeezed lemon or lime juice to vary the flavors while contributing acidity.

Canola oil is a great substitute in lieu of extra virgin olive oil.

If you’re not a fan of mayonnaise, leave it out or replace it with plain Greek yogurt.

Serving Suggestions

Honey-mustard dressing is versatile and can be used in a variety of ways and dishes. Try slathering some honey-mustard dressing on a ham sandwich or a hot dog to provide an elevated alternative to mustard. Marinate chicken breasts or pork chops in honey-mustard dressing for an hour before cooking to impart a tangy twist. Brush honey-mustard dressing on salmon fillets as a glaze just before they hit the grill. Use honey-mustard dressing simply as a dipping sauce, ideal for everything from fresh vegetables to breaded fried shrimp.


  • Season the honey-mustard dressing to your liking. A few dashes of **onion powder or cayenne pepper** add a subtle flavor boost, and fresh or dried herbs such as parsley, basil or oregano lend earthiness.

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