Whether it is used as a favorite dipping sauce with chicken nuggets, a sauce for ham, or as a zesty, tangy salad dressing, honey mustard has found a treasured place in many American pantries and hearts over the years.
Honey mustard’s first recorded use was in the 1940s in Texas. Honey mustard can be made in many different ways, but the condiment is typically a blend of herbs and spices in a mustard base sweetened with honey.
Most honey mustard recipes call for a blend of yellow and Dijon mustards. It’s important to have both on hand and opt for a good quality Dijon mustard by making honey mustard at home. Dijon mustard, which is named for the town of Dijon in Burgundy, France, is more acidic and intense than yellow mustard, and may often include unground mustard seeds.
Homemade Honey Mustard
Making your own honey mustard at home has several benefits over a store-bought blend. For one, you can control the level of sweetness by adding honey slowly to make sure you get the right amount of tang to satisfy your tastebuds. You can also skip adding preservatives and can keep your ingredients as fresh as possible.
Finally, you can use honey mustard as a thick mustard dipping sauce or lighter dressing or glaze. Picking your own recipe means you can control our honey mustard’s consistency, making it better suited for different dishes.
How to Make Honey Mustard
This first honey mustard sauce recipe is perfect for making a classic honey mustard dipping sauce and goes great with burgers, sandwiches, potato wedges, or fries.
1) Homemade Honey Mustard Sauce Recipe
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
- 3 tablespoons honey
- ½ tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
How to Prepare:
Whisk all the ingredients together until everything is combined and smooth. The mixture can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Serving Size: 1 Tablespoon. 73 Calories per serving. 6.2g Total Fat. 0.9g Saturated Fat. 3.6g Polyunsaturated Fat. 1.5g Monounsaturated Fat. 3.3mg Cholesterol. 62.2mg Sodium. 4.2g Total Carbohydrate. 3.9g Sugars. 0.2g Dietary Fiber. 0.4g Protein.
2) Homemade Honey Mustard Dressing Recipe
This honey mustard recipe can be used for salads or as a honey mustard dipping sauce. This recipe omits mayonnaise to make a lighter, more calorie-conscious option. It takes about one cup of honey mustard dressing.
- ¼ cup Dijon mustard
- 3 to 4 tablespoons honey (or to taste)
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- ¼ extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice (optional)
- ¾ teaspoon finely ground sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
How to Prepare:
Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk the ingredients together until the olive oil is combined and the mixture is creamy. Taste, and then adjust to your liking with more honey, salt, and pepper. You can also add all the ingredients to a mason jar and shake thoroughly until blended.
The prepared honey mustard can be stored tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.
Serving Size: 1 Tablespoon. 47 Calories per serving. 3.5g Total Fat. 0.5g Saturated Fat. 0mg Cholesterol. 206.9mg Sodium. 3.4g Carbohydrate. 0g Dietary Fiber. 3.3g Total Sugars. 0g Protein.
3) Healthy Honey Mustard Dressing Recipe
This honey mustard salad dressing is perfect for when you want the tangy, zesty sweetness of honey mustard but is trying to pair it with vegetables to keep your food healthy. This recipe is creamy and delicious but still goes easy on the calorie count.
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt (any percentage of fat will do, but for a lower-fat option, try selecting a lower-fat yogurt)
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup Dijon mustard
- 3 to 4 tablespoons of honey (or to taste)
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (if you don’t like the taste of vinegar or don’t have it on hand, you can also substitute more lemon juice in this recipe)
- 1 clove garlic, pressed and minced
- ½ teaspoon finely ground sea salt
- 10 twists of freshly ground black pepper
How to Prepare:
Combine all of the ingredients in a liquid measuring cup or bowl. Whisk until fully blended, taking extra care to incorporate all of the lemon juice. Taste and season with additional honey, salt, or pepper if necessary. Leftover salad dressing can be stored, if fully covered, safely in the refrigerator for ten days to two weeks.
If you need to make this dressing dairy-free, a non-dairy yogurt can be substituted for Greek yogurt as a base. Some suggestions include plain cashew or almond yogurt. It’s important that you choose an unsweetened, unflavored variety.
Serving Size: 2 Tablespoons. 69 Calories per serving. 5g Total Fat. 0.9g Saturated Fat. 0g Trans Fat. 0.5g Polyunsaturated Fat. 3.4g Monounsaturated Fat. 1.3mg Cholesterol. 213.5mg Sodium. 5.1g Total Carbohydrate. 0g Dietary Fiber. 4.9g Sugars. 0.4g Protein.
This nutritional information is an estimate for the honey mustard dressing when made with Greek yogurt, not a non-dairy substitute.
Honey mustard sauce is a delicious, tangy flavor that can be enjoyed in so many different ways. Whether you prefer it as a glaze when cooking ham, as a dipping sauce for nuggets and fries, as a condiment on a sandwich or burger, or as a zesty salad dressing, there’s no end to how you can savor the great taste of honey mustard. Preparing it at home means you can use the freshest ingredients possible, tinker with the sweetness, acidity, and thickness to your liking, and account for any allergies. Most importantly, it means you can have honey mustard available any time you want.