This incredibly quick and easy vegan honey mustard salad dressing recipe comes together in minutes! It adds tons of flavor and healthy fats to any recipe you pair it with. You could even use it as a dip for vegan nuggets or pretzel bites!
Using a combination of yellow and Dijon mustard, this dressing has a deliciously balanced flavor and slight spicy kick. It’s a creamy and tasty garden salad dressing that doesn’t contain any mayonnaise (or honey)!
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Is Honey Mustard Dressing Vegan?
Despite some debate, honey is not vegan. Therefore, honey-based salad dressings are not vegan either. But with a simple substitution, vegans can easily enjoy this tasty salad dressing and dip!
I use maple syrup in this recipe, but pretty much any plant-based syrup (ex. agave syrup) can work in place of honey.
Honey mustard dressing is also commonly made with mayonnaise, which contains eggs. You can replace it with vegan mayonnaise, but I created this recipe without mayo since that’s my preference. This salad dressing tastes quite creamy despite not containing mayo!
Vegan Honey Mustard Dressing Ingredients
Mustard salad dressings are incredibly easy to make and customize based on your taste preferences. I use half yellow and half Dijon mustard, but you can use any mustard combo you like! My perfected blend of ingredients includes:
- Yellow mustard: Providing a bright yellow color and balance of tangy flavor, yellow mustard is a delicious base for this honey mustard dressing.
- Dijon mustard: To boost the flavor and provide some spicy kick, Dijon mustard is a delicious salad dressing choice. You can use any combo of mustard(s) you like. Grainy mustard is also nice to mix in!
- Maple syrup: Instead of honey, which is not vegan, maple syrup provides a delicious mild flavor and needed sweetness for this tangy dressing.
- Oil: For a rich creaminess and boost of healthy fats, this dressing uses vegetable oil. I use avocado oil, but you can use any type of oil you like. A neutral flavor oil is best, but if you love the flavor, olive oil is a possibility.
- Garlic and onion powder: To enhance flavor, I include two basic spices that I always keep on hand. These ingredients truly enhance the mustard flavor and create a delicious dressing or dip.
- Salt and pepper: Salt brings all the simple flavors in this dressing together while pepper is a tasty flavor booster!
How to Make Mustard Salad Dressing
It couldn’t be easier to make this maple mustard dressing! Proceed to the first and only step, then enjoy over your favorite salads!
Step 1: Mix Dressing and Serve
Homemade salad dressing is a quick and simple process. All you need to do is mix the ingredients together.
You can either whisk everything in a bowl or add the ingredients to a jar and shake them. I like to use a jar so I can then store any leftover dressing easily without creating more dishes.
Serve over any type of salad! A colorful garden salad is the perfect pairing with this sweet, tangy and creamy salad dressing.
Some other tasty ways to serve this recipe:
- A dip for soft pretzel bites
- A dip for tofu nuggets (made without buffalo sauce)
- In a wrap loaded with veggies and tofu nuggets or crumbled plant-based burgers
- As a spread for sandwiches (although, for sandwiches, I prefer a straight vegan honey mustard spread)
Maple Mustard Dressing Variations
While I love this recipe as-is, you can change its taste profile with any type of mustard you prefer. You can also use any type of liquid vegan sweetener (agave syrup, brown rice syrup). Keep in mind that syrups offer varied levels sweetness so adjust the other ingredients if needed.
Give your salad dressing a taste before serving and adjust as needed. You may want more mustard, more maple syrup or some extra spices! This dressing is on the sweeter side so if you like more tang, add vinegar or citrus (lemon juice or apple cider vinegar).
How to Store this Vegan Salad Dressing
Refrigerate leftover salad dressing in an airtight container or jar for up to a month. I make my dressing directly in a jar so it’s ready to store (knowing I won’t use the full amount in one meal).
Vegan Honey Mustard Dressing
- Jar (with lid)
- Add all ingredients into a jar. Secure the lid and shake well to combine all ingredients.1 tablespoon yellow mustard, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, ¼ cup oil, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon onion powder, ¼ teaspoon salt, 1 pinch black pepper
- Serve over your favorite salad, in a wrap or use as a dip (ex. for pretzels or vegan “chicken” nuggets/ tofu nuggets).
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About Nicole Stevens
Nicole is a long-time vegan with a Masters of Science in Food and Nutrition.
She helps people thrive on a vegan diet with balanced recipes.