Tangy, creamy, and sweet, Honey Dijon Mustard Dressing has a contrast of flavors that keeps you drizzling and dipping! This honey and mustard dressing is as versatile as it is delicious – it’s thick enough to be used as a dipping sauce, but thin enough to be drizzled over salads as a dressing. Have you ever wondered how to make honey mustard? I’ve got you covered with this one!

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A chicken nugget dipping into honey dijon mustard dressing

Why You’ll Love Honey Dijon Mustard Dressing

Well, at the risk of sounding contrary, why wouldn’t you love this honey mustard sauce?! It’s tangy and sweet and creamy and so delicious.

Honey mustard is a super popular dressing for green salads and is especially excellent on kale salads because the robust flavor really stands up to the flavorful kale.

It’s a kid-friendly dipping sauce, perfect for chicken nuggets and tenders (or, as a vegetarian, the meat-free “chicken” nuggets I enjoy on occasion).

Try dipping French fries into this honey mustard sauce, too. Yum! You’re going to love knowing how to make honey mustard.

ingredients for honey dijon mustard dressing


  • Mayonnaise – A thick and creamy mayonnaise is best, but most varieties can be used. 
  • Honey – Honey adds a rich sweetness and, of course, the classic honey flavor. You want your honey to be pourable and easy to mix with the other ingredients. Add more, a teaspoon or two at a time, for a sweeter honey mustard.
  • Dijon – Use your favorite creamy Dijon mustard.
  • White wine vinegar – A bit of vinegar gives honey mustard dressing a little extra kick. Lemon juice, white vinegar, or apple cider vinegar will work, too.
  • Cayenne pepper This ingredient is optional, but is really good with honey mustard! It adds a nice hint of heat. I sometimes do a couple of dashes of Tabasco sauce in addition or instead of cayenne.


  • To make vegan honey mustard, substitute a vegan mayo and swap the honey for pure maple syrup or agave syrup.
  • For a lighter and tangier honey Dijon mustard dressing, try swapping the mayo for full-fat Greek yogurt.

How to Make Honey Mustard

Add all of the honey mustard dressing ingredients to a small bowl …

honey dijon mustard dressing ingredients about to be stirred together.

… and whisk together until creamy and smooth.

Add more honey or cayenne pepper if you like, and maybe a pinch of salt and pepper, if you like.

That’s it!

A top view of a bowl of honey dijon mustard dressing along with smaller bowls of honey and mustard.

Tips for Success

  • Start with a good quality, thick mayo. A light mayo or thinner mayo will result in a thinner honey mustard.
  • Make sure your honey is thin enough to drizzle in with the other ingredients and can be stirred easily. You might have trouble with a thicker or crystallized honey.
  • Stir refrigerated honey mustard dressing before you serve it, because it might separate a bit in the fridge.
A bowl of honey dijon mustard dressing with a spoon scooping some out.

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Honey Dijon Mustard Dressing

Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Author: Kare
Yield: 5
This creamy, kid-friendly dressing and sauce is the perfect combination of savory + sweet! Honey mustard is perfect for dipping nuggets and fries or drizzling over salads.


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon white wine vinegar (can sub lemon juice or another vinegar)
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, to taste; a couple of drops of Tabasco sauce are great too)
  • salt & pepper (optional, to taste)


  • Add all ingredients to a bowl and whisk together until thoroughly combined.
  • Taste and add more honey if you'd like it sweeter or add a pinch of salt and pepper if you feel it needs it. You can also add more cayenne if you like, or even a couple of drops of Tabasco sauce for a touch of tangy heat.
  • Serve immediately or transfer to an airtight container or jar and refrigerate until ready to use.


Honey mustard dressing can be stored in the refrigerator in a lidded mason jar or another air-tight container for up to 5 days.

Vegan option:

Use a vegan mayo like Vegenaise and swap the honey for pure maple syrup or agave syrup.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 2tablespoons, Calories: 211kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 0.5g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 0.05g, Cholesterol: 10mg, Sodium: 214mg, Potassium: 20mg, Fiber: 0.3g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 43IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 6mg, Iron: 0.2mg

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