Ditch store-bought dressings and whip up this easy-to-make, crowd-pleasing creamy mustard dressing that everyone will love. A delectable dressing to jazz up your everyday salads.
Why You’ll Love Our Creamy Mustard Dressing
Bottled salad dressings can be convenient when you have them ready to go in your fridge. However, crafting a delicious homemade salad dressing is an incredibly simple task that often requires only 5 minutes of your time.
Our creamy mustard dressing stands out as one of our popular salad dressing recipes, deserving a place in your cooking repertoire. It’s not only quick and effortless but also budget-friendly.
By preparing it at home, you eliminate the need for a large, potentially wasteful bottle occupying your fridge. And the best part about making homemade dressing is that you can control the ingredients.
In creating this salad dressing recipe, I wanted to enhance the flavours of the straightforward watercress salad I was preparing. I chose the creamy route, resulting in a velvety mustard dressing. Mayonnaise and mustard are a match made in heaven. Finger lickin’ good kind of stuff!
I adore the tangy mustard and citrusy lemon flavours harmoniously balanced with creamy mayo and a touch of honey for a zesty salad vinaigrette.
This dairy free recipe can be easily doubled and stored in your fridge, ready to jazz up a simple salad, infuse flavour into roasted vegetables, or drizzle over grilled fish.
Whether you’re seeking to elevate your everyday meals or impress your dinner guests, our creamy mustard salad dressing recipe is destined to become a kitchen staple.
What Is Mustard?
I love good mustard and its highly diverse uses. From a good dollop in my burgers to creating sauces for marinades and salad dressings, my house never has a shortage of mustard!
On top of that, there is always a variety to suit the different meals and nasal clearing levels. I also like having different textures, from super smooth to really grainy.
Mustard is essentially mixing mustard seeds with a liquid. In most cases, they are added with acidic liquids such as vinegar to release their enzymes and oils, which gives the mustards their potency.
You control the level of heat based on which seeds you use, with yellow being the mildest and brown and black being the most pungent, and the level of acidity of the liquid.
Mustard is a fantastic ingredient for crafting flavourful vinaigrettes, exemplified by our delectable sweet mustard vinaigrette and red wine mustard vinaigrette. We also love incorporating mustard as a delightful flavour enhancer in our salads, as demonstrated by our tarragon mustard chicken pasta salad.
Dijon Mustard Vs Whole Grain Mustard
For this creamy honey mustard dressing recipe, we use whole grain mustard, also known as seeded mustard. They are sometimes referred to as “old style” or “country” mustard as well, possibly because it’s rustic in appearance.
Whole grain mustard is essentially where whole mustard seeds are visible. I love the texture and the small pops of flavour. It adds a tangy, robust, sometimes slightly spicy flavour to dressings like our honey mustard vinaigrette recipe.
Compared to Dijon mustard, whole grain mustard is more textural with a speckled appearance due to the use of whole mustard seeds in its preparation. Dijon mustard, possibly the first of all French mustards, is smooth and creamy with a uniform texture.
Dijon mustard has a sharper and tangy flavour, whilst whole grain mustard is milder and has an earthy feel. I enjoy using both kinds of mustard in dressings and sauces.
For me, it depends more on the texture and how I want to use it. Our Dijon mustard dressing shows how different the texture is compared to this creamy whole grain mustard recipe.
Ingredients you’ll need to make this creamy mustard dressing:
Mayonnaise: The creamy component of this salad dressing recipe. If you’re game, you can always make some yourself!
Honey: The ultimate sweetener. Make sure you use good honey and not the overly processed honey that’s probably filled with corn starch.
Olive oil: Great for absorbing nutrients from vegetables. Always have a good quality bottle available just for salads.
Lemon: Juice a little lemon for some citrusy flavours.
Variations and Substitutions
Substitute for whole grain mustard: If you can’t find whole grain mustard, you can substitute with Dijon mustard for similar flavours. However, it won’t give you the same kind of grainy texture. Or, if you want to blow your socks off, feel free to use a hot mustard for that extra kick!
Extra creamy: Adjust the mayonnaise for a creamier dressing.
Lemon alternative: You can substitute lemon juice with apple cider vinegar, red wine vinegar or champagne vinegar.
Variations for mayonnaise: You can also opt for Greek yogurt or sour cream instead of mayonnaise. It’s important to note, though, that by choosing these alternatives, the recipe will no longer be dairy-free, as both Greek yogurt and sour cream contain dairy ingredients.
Vegan option: For a vegan mustard dressing, substitute mayonnaise with your favourite vegan mayo brand and switch honey with maple syrup.
Step by step instructions for how to make creamy mustard dressing:
Add olive oil, lemon juice, seeded mustard, honey and mayonnaise in mason jar or small bowl.
Give it a good whisk or shake so the dressing is well combined.
It can be left in the fridge until the salad is ready to serve.
How to Make This Dressing Perfectly [Expert Tips]
Use quality ingredients: As it goes with all simple dressings, use quality oils and condiments. The better quality of the olive oil, mayonnaise and whole grain mustard makes a difference to the overall taste.
Make sure to shake before using: To ensure the flavours are well combined, please give the salad dressing a good shake before using.
How to Store
Using a mason jar to mix this creamy mustard dressing is ideal because you can also store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Give it a good shake each time before using as the mayonnaise may have separated from the oils.
Best Salad for This Dressing
A simple, light and refreshing Watercress Salad that you can throw together in minutes, provides a welcoming contrast to heavier meals. We adore the crunchy apple and pear with the peppery kick of the watercress together with delightful creamy mustard dressing.
Creamy Mustard Dressing
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- Add olive oil, lemon juice, seeded mustard, honey and mayonnaise in mason jar or small bowl.
- Give a good shake or whisk until well combined.
- Pour over salad when ready to be served.
- If you can’t find whole grain mustard, you can substitute with Dijon mustard for similar flavours. For something spicier, use hot mustard for that extra kick!
- Adjust the mayonnaise for a creamier dressing.
- Substitute lemon juice with apple cider vinegar, red wine vinegar, or champagne vinegar.
- Instead of mayonnaise, you can also opt for Greek yogurt or sour cream. Please note that these alternatives are not dairy-free.
- Substitute mayonnaise with your favourite vegan mayo brand for a vegan mustard dressing, and switch honey with maple syrup.
- Store in refrigerator in a mason jar for up to 1 week.
*Disclaimer: Nutritional information provided is an estimate only and generated by an online calculator.
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