Honey Seeded Mustard Dressing is a crowd pleaser! Mixed through with some sweetness as well as some citrus to balance out the flavours, this is an easy to make salad dressing.
Honey is one of those natural phenomena that provide immense joy in the culinary world. But I think I do take it for granted with little thought of how honey is even produced. Hence, I thought I’d explain the process of how honey is made so that every time I eat it, I am forever grateful I get to enjoy it.
The first step of the process is that the worker bees collect nectar from inside flowering plants by using her proboscis. You’d be surprised to learn that she will forage through about 100 flowers everytime she heads out. This nectar is then mixed with her saliva and stored in a sac called a honey stomach. Once this is full, she returns to the hive to offload.
It is interesting to note at this point that the colour and flavour of the honey is highly dependent on the nectar collected. Different flowers will of course produce different colour and flavoured nectar which in turn produces the different types of honey.
The process of turning nectar to honey starts back at the hive. Here the house bees wait for the worker bees to return and the nectar is then chewed and regurgitated from one bee to another. This chewing process changes the Ph and chemical properties of the nectar mixed in with the saliva.
This mixture however is high in water content. For the honey to have the consistency they require, they need to dry it out. They do this in 2 ways. They can either spread it out over the honeycomb so that it has a wider drying surface or they use their wings to fan the honey so that the water evaporates faster.
The honey is then stored in the honeycomb and protected by beeswax until they are ready to consume it.
A hive produces about 30kg or 65 pounds worth of surplus honey each year. To harvest the honey, beekeepers collect the honeycomb frames, remove the beeswax cap that was protecting the cell and then place it in an extractor. The extractor spins the honeycomb frame which then forces the honey out of the comb. This is then drained to remove any other particles and then bottled.
If you purchase any honey that says “pure honey”, it means that nothing was added to it and it is as pure as it comes. Add some like we have in this salad dressing and yum… simply delicious!
Honey Seeded Mustard Dressing Ingrédients
Olive oil: A good olive oil for salad dressing never goes astray. Extra virgin if you have it.
Seeded Mustard: Love being able to see and feel my mustard seeds! I love the Maille Old Style Whole Grain Mustard. That is one mustard that I always have in my fridge.
Lemon: The juice of a lemon gives us the much needed acidity that a vinegar normally provides. For this recipe I opted for fresh citrus only. No vinegar required.
Honey: Get yourself some beautiful pure honey. I love getting honey when I’m out in the country somewhere and it’s their speciality or at farmer’s markets when they are so pure and organic. Always nice to try the different flavours available.
Salt and pepper: Just enough to taste. A pinch and a crack will do.
Honey Seeded Mustard Dressing Method
A light salad dressing with tang to help tie the salad together. Mix all ingredients – olive oil, seeded mustard (also known as wholegrain mustard), honey, lemon juice and mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste.
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Honey Seeded Mustard Dressing
- Mix all ingredients in a small mixing bowl – olive oil, seeded mustard, honey, lemon juice.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
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