Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

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Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

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! (I admit, homemade baked goods do require a bit of a life adjustment.)

Once you start making your own dressing, you’ll never go back. We love to use the ball jar trick from one of our favorite chefs — instead of the traditional method of whisking together ingredients in a bowl, just place them in a canning jar and shake it to form the emulsion. You have an instant storage container and avoid dirty dishes at the same time.

After you get comfortable with this method, it’s a breeze to make vinaigrettes with whatever you have handy. We generally use one part oil to one 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 dressing as part of a main dish salad (coming soon!), 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 since it’s equal parts of all ingredients, all you have to dirty is a tablespoon!


Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Yield: 1/2 cup


  • 1 half-pint canning jar
  • 2 tablespoons honey (local, if possible!)
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons stone ground mustard


  1. Place all ingredients in the jar, and shake to emulsify the ingredients. Taste and adjust quantities as desired.
  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.

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    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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