This Easy Vegan Honey Mustard Dressing is the perfect balance between sweet and tangy and one of my favorite easy to make condiments!
This creamy, sweet and tangy vegan honey mustard recipe is made up of simple ingredients- apple based honey, yellow mustard, vegan mayo and a touch of lemon juice.
Use this vegan honey mustard as a dipping sauce, a salad dressing or even a marinade!
This vegan honey mustard dressing without honey is made from just 4 main Ingredients and tastes just like the honey mustard that we all know and love. Spice up your vegan nuggets or salads with this easy to make dipping sauce.
- Yellow Mustard
- Vegan Honey
- Vegan Mayonnaise
- Lemon Juice
- Cayenne Pepper
Yellow Mustard: The mustard to our honey mustard. I prefer the flavor of yellow mustard in this recipe because other mustards tend to overpower the dressing. If you prefer Dijon, you can use that just make sure to check the ingredients since not all dijon mustards are vegan friendly.
Vegan Honey: Vegan honey made from apple juice, organic cane sugar and lemon juice is simmered until thickened in to a thick syrup consistency.
Short on time? No worries! Skip the homemade honey and opt for agave syrup or maple syrup and have this delicious vegan honey mustard dressing ready in under 5 minutes.
Vegan Mayonnaise: To add a creamy element to our dressing. I use the brand Follow Your Heart but you can use any vegan mayo that you love or make your own homemade mayo.
Lemon Juice: A little lemon juice goes a long way. This is to help balance the sweetness.
Cayenne Pepper: For a touch of heat!
Is Honey Vegan?
This honey debate is one of the most controversial conversations in the vegan community. But bees are an animal, so no, no matter where you buy your honey, it is not vegan. If you want to learn more, check out my recipe for Homemade Apple Vegan Honey where I linked some resources.
How to Make This Recipe
Prepare the vegan honey recipe by simmering apple juice, sugar and lemon slices in a saucepan until thickened. Keep in mind that this honey recipe needs to cool completely before using for this recipe as it'll be too thin and runny before cooling. I recommend making the vegan honey the night before.
After you've made the apple honey, simply whisk together yellow mustard, vegan honey, vegan mayo, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper to your preference and a dash of cayenne pepper if desired.
Vegan Honey Substitutes:
If you are looking for a faster way to whip up this vegan honey mustard sauce, don't worry! While I prefer the flavor of my homemade vegan honey in this recipe, it’s also delicious when made with a vegan honey alternative.
- Agave Syrup- I always have agave nectar in my pantry so this is typically what I grab when I'm craving a quick and easy honey mustard dressing.
- Maple Syrup- Another wonderful staple in my kitchen. If you don't have agave, use maple syrup!
- Store-Bought Vegan Honey- So many wonderful brands of vegan honey have popped up lately like the Vegan Honey Company, Just Like Honey, and Bumble Bloom.
Store in the fridge in an airtight container or glass jar for up to a week.
I originally made this homemade honey mustard sauce for my Crispy Tofu Nugget recipe but realized how good it would be on so many things!
It's especially good as a creamy salad dressing or drizzled over roasted sweet potato fries and Brussels sprouts. Use as a dipping sauce for pretzel bites, vegan sausage rolls or crispy cauliflower wings.
This vegan honey mustard is also incredibly delicious on baked tofu, grain bowls, sandwiches, or with baked french fries.
Additions & Substitutions
Yellow Mustard can be substituted with dijon mustard or spicy brown mustard. You can use any mustard but keep in mind that the flavor will really come through- if you want a more traditional honey mustard, use yellow mustard. If you want the flavor of dijon or spicy brown mustard, use those. Make sure to check the ingredients since not all dijon mustards are vegan-friendly.
Vegan Honey If you're short on time, you can use store-bought vegan honey (see vegan honey recipe for a list). You can also use agave syrup or maple syrup.
Lemon Juice can be substituted with organic apple cider vinegar, lemon juice concentrate or white vinegar.
Make it spicy: Add a little more cayenne or add chipotle peppers to your taste preferences.
Make it less sweet: If you don't like sweet salad dressings, add a little bit of honey at a time. Start with 1 tablespoon, whisk, add another and so on.
Frequently Asked Questions
This honey mustard recipe will last for 1 week when stored in an airtight container or glass jar in the fridge.
Use agave syrup or maple syrup instead of homemade vegan honey.
Blend it up with silken tofu, use unsweetened vegan greek yogurt or vegan sour cream.
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Easy Vegan Honey Mustard Dressing
- ¼ cup Yellow Mustard
- ¼ cup Vegan Honey
- ¼ cup Vegan Mayo
- 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Cayenne Pepper to taste
- Prepare vegan honey recipe. Keep in mind that this honey recipe needs to cool completely before using for this recipe as it'll be too thin and runny before cooling. I recommend making the vegan honey the night or at least a few hours before.
- Whisk together yellow mustard, vegan honey, vegan mayo and lemon juice in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper to your preference and a dash of cayenne pepper if desired.