Simply Amazing Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

Wondering how to make salad dressing at home? This honey mustard vinaigrette is simply amazing: you can make it in 5 minutes with 4 ingredients!

Simply Amazing Honey Mustard Vinaigrette | A Couple Cooks

Here’s another one to add to the “better homemade” category – and it’s so easy, you won’t have any excuse not to try it! Once you start making your own dressing, you’ll never go back. It’s a breeze to make homemade vinaigrettes with whatever you have handy. We generally use 2 to 3 parts oil to 1 part acid (vinegar or citrus), but as you experiment you’ll find your preference. The possibilities with different oils, vinegars, and seasonings is endless!

We made this honey mustard dressing as part of our Roasted Two Potato Salad, and it was so good I know we’ll be making it on a regular basis!  While we do have a standard recipe for vinaigrette, this one is even easier since no dicing garlic is involved. And, all you have to dirty is 1 tablespoon!

How to make honey mustard vinaigrette

This honey mustard vinaigrette is so simple, it takes just 5 minutes to whisk together! Use a medium sized bowl, which allows the whisking motion to form a creamy emulsion. This one we created especially to help you to memorize it! It’s got 2 tablespoons of the first three ingredients, and 4 tablespoons of the olive oil. This way, you can memorize it and whip it up on a moment’s notice! Our honey mustard vinaigrette is one of our favorite homemade dressings because it’s so delicious: it’s the perfect balance of sweet and savory. We hope you’ll make it as often as we do!

Why to make salad dressing at home

Do you make your salad dressing at home? When Alex and I decided to start eating whole foods and make as much as we could from scratch, storebought salad dressings were the first to go. Many of them have added preservatives, or large amounts of added salt and sugar. Making salad dressing at home lets you have full control over the ingredients going into your salad dressing. And most of the time, like with our honey mustard vinaigrette, homemade salad dressing is much more delicious!

Here’s a few other favorites: our Basic Vinaigrette and Lemon Tahini Sauce

This recipe is…

This honey mustard vinaigrette recipe is vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, plant based, dairy free, refined sugar free, and naturally sweet.


Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

1 Star (2 votes, average: 5.00 out of 1)

  • Author: A Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1/2 cup
  • Category: Salad Dressing
  • Method: Whisked
  • Cuisine: American


Wondering how to make salad dressing at home? This honey mustard vinaigrette is simply amazing: you can make it in 5 minutes with 4 ingredients!


  • 2 tablespoons honey (local, if possible)
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons stone ground mustard
  • 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) extra virgin olive oil


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the honey, white vinegar, and mustard. Slowly whisk in the olive oil 1 tablespoon at a time until fully combined and an emulsion forms.
  2. Vinaigrette can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks; make sure to bring to room temperature and shake well before serving.

Keywords: Honey Mustard, Dressing, Salad Dressing, How to Make Salad Dressing, Vinaigrette, Honey Mustard Dressing, Easy Salad Dressing, Simple, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free


About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is an acclaimed vegetarian cookbook author and cook based in Indianapolis. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious.


  • Reply
    Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living
    March 8, 2012 at 6:00 am

    I’m with you… once I started making salad dressings in jars, I’ve never gone back to the whisk method!

    This vinaigrette looks delicious, and I can’t wait to read about the salad it was paired with =).

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    Heidi @ Food Doodles
    March 8, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    I totally agree! Homemade dressing is so easy and delicious. I actually wasn’t a fan of mustard in anything until recently so I’ll have to try this out now that I like it in some things.

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    Jillian @ Newly Bread
    March 8, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I always love y’all’s dressing recipes! And your photos are phenomenal! Thanks for sharing!

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    Courtney Jones
    March 8, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    I am with you…homemade dressings are so much better than store bought. I gave up buying store bought dressings a few years back. The best part about making your own dressing is that you can make small amounts of dressing in no time with basics from your pantry. This recipe sounds lovely.

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    March 8, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    This is one of my favourite dressings, although I love it with balsamic vinegar instead of the honey too. Yum!

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    March 9, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Just made this for tomorrow’s Two Potato Salad and it’s great! I never use white vinegar in my dressings and now I wonder why not. I do always use the shake-the-jar method and here’s another tip I love: measure your olive oil right before your honey so the honey will slide right off your measuring spoon.

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      March 9, 2012 at 8:47 am

      What a great idea! Alex will love this one, since I’m constantly getting honey all over the kitchen :)

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    March 10, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    This may be a dumb question, but is stone ground mustard just mustard powder or is it something else? I tried making this tonight and it was very spicy, even for someone who typically likes spicy things a lot. But I haven’t seen anyone else mention how spicy it is, so that leads me to believe I did something wrong.


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    March 11, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    This salad dressing is DELICIOUS!!! AND SO EASY!!! Thanks for sharing this. I have a friend who makes stone ground mustard so I used it in this recipe and it turned out wonderful! The only thing is she adds honey to her mustard so next time, I will reduce the honey by half in the dressing…

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      March 13, 2012 at 7:48 am

      :) Glad you enjoyed it! Awesome that you can get mustard from your friend!

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    May 8, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Made it with dijon instead of stone ground and it was the best dressing I have ever had. WIll make again, and again.

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      May 8, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      Haha! Awesome. Make sure to always keep some in the fridge!

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    March 4, 2015 at 5:54 am

    Thank you so much for this easy recipe. Oh my gosh! It was fantastic.! And really easy to put together. My new favorite and no more bottled dressings for me.

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    February 21, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    This an amazing simple dressing. I have made it three times since finding it a couple of weeks ago. The first time I made it as written and my family loved it. Local honey makes it extra healthy especially for persons with seasonal allergies. Since that first batch, I made a few changes according to what we like and what I have on hand. I added salt and pepper, just a pinch of each, and a splash of a good quality white balsamic vinegar. Yum! I think it is better after sitting for a day. Thank you for an easy recipe that helps me feel great about what I feed my family.

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