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Healthy Honey Mustard Salad Dressing

Healthy Honey Mustard Salad Dressing

This honey mustard salad dressing is delicious, healthy, and beyond simple with just three ingredients. It pairs great with salads, grain bowls, and family-friendly chicken tenders!

A spoon drizzling healthy honey mustard dressing back into a glass jar of dressing.

Have y’all ever heard of a restaurant called PDQ? It’s kind of a fast food/ fast casual hybrid (think: feels closer to Chipotle in atmosphere than McDonald’s). Well they have a honey mustard dressing that honestly turned me into a honey mustard dressing fan.

Towards the end of my pregnancy with my son, I had a PDQ classic chicken salad with grilled chicken and honey mustard dressing at least once a week. I just always craved it and honestly – I have zero regrets about craving things with vegetables during pregnancy. 😉

Grilled chicken salad with vegetables on romaine drizzled with healthy homemade honey mustard dressing.

Well recently (after my son was born) we had a late appointment and stopped and grabbed salads to go for dinner. When I got home, I got curious and looked up the nutrition information. And, surprise surprise, the salad dressing had more calories than the salad itself (yes, including the chicken and cheese on the salad)!

I refused to accept that’s how honey mustard salad dressing needed to be and set out to make a homemade healthy honey mustard dressing.

I tried a few different variations but ultimately my husband and I found we liked this one best. And good thing because with just three ingredients, it is the EASIEST honey mustard salad dressing ever!

Easy, Homemade, Healthy Honey Mustard Salad Dressing

All you need are three ingredients:

  1. Honey.
  2. Dijon Mustard.
  3. Greek Yogurt.

That’s IT!

And it works on so many levels.

A lot of creamy salad dressings contain eggs, so this is a great option for those allergic to eggs. By using plain, fat-free Greek yogurt, we also substantially lower the calories and fat compared to many store-bought and restaurant honey mustard dressings. Plus it adds a tiny extra protein boost.

Using Greek yogurt also helps kind of streamline this recipe – instead of oil for creaminess and apple cider vinegar for a little tang, you get a subtly tangy creaminess from just the Greek yogurt.

Note: calories and fat ARE NOT BAD. I just personally prefer to add things to my salads like cheese, avocado, or slivered almonds – all of which provide additional fat and energy (aka calories). This homemade honey mustard just kind of keeps things a little more balanced in the context of a whole salad.

Glass jar of healthy honey mustard salad dressing with a honey wand and spoon of mustard next to it.

Your Dijon Matters

When you make recipes with minimal ingredients, you really need to use ingredients that you like. I found the one ingredient that really made a big difference on the flavor of the dressing was the dijon mustard I used.

We’ve made this dressing a few times with a couple different dijon mustards. Bottom line: use a dijon you like! One dijon mustard (just a random generic brand) had a more mellow flavor and the other had a more…zippier flavor. 😉 I’m sure it goes without saying, but the dijon mustard that had more of a kick to it made a dressing that had more of a kick to it! Not a deal breaker (we still enjoyed it – in fact, it became my husband’s favorite!), but my toddler didn’t like that batch as much.

How to Make Homemade Honey Mustard Dressing

With this simple recipe, all you have to do is whisk together your three ingredients! You need your greek yogurt to honey to dijon mustard to be in a 2:1:1 ratio (so 1/2 cup greek yogurt, 1/4 cup dijon mustard, 1/4 cup honey). Then just whisk together or place in a jar (leave a little space!) and shake to combine.

Glass container showing the 3 layers and ratios of the 3 ingredients in a healthy honey mustard salad dressing.

Now for some Q+A:

How long does homemade salad dressing last in the fridge?

This dressing will last up to a week in the fridge in a sealed, airtight container.

Why is this honey mustard salad dressing paler than the one I bought at the store/ restaurant?

No additives, baby. A lot of store-bought salad dressing will have coloring agents added to make it look closer to how they think you think it should look. That said, if the lighter color bothers you, you can totally add a pinch of turmeric for color.

Can I use this honey mustard salad dressing as a dip?

Sure can! In fact, my toddler daughter’s preferred use is as a dip for grilled chicken strips.

Can I use this honey mustard dressing as a marinade?

Totally. Just be careful if you’re grilling with it on an indoor or outdoor grill, or if you’re planning on searing your protein. The natural sugars in the honey may likely burn if exposed to direct heat too long.

Glass jar of healthy honey mustard salad dressing on a marble surface.

Enjoy Simple, Healthy Honey Mustard Salad Dressing

Give this simple, healthy honey mustard salad dressing a try and let me know what you think! Also – check back tomorrow when I share my version of the classic grilled chicken salad from PDQ that inspired this whole thing. 😉

Want to try some other delicious dressings and salads? Try these:

Please leave a comment and rate the recipe below. And of course, you can share your NTF creations on social media – be sure to tag me (@nutritiontofit) on Instagram or post to the NTF Facebook page so I can see! Live well!

 

A spoon drizzling healthy honey mustard dressing back into a glass jar of dressing.

Healthy Honey Mustard Salad Dressing

Course: Salad, Sauce
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 46 kcal

This honey mustard salad dressing is delicious, healthy, and beyond simple with just three ingredients. It pairs great with salads, grain bowls, and family-friendly chicken tenders!

free from: egg, wheat/ gluten, soy, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup plain, nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup honey

Instructions

  1. Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl until evenly combined. (Alternatively you can shake them together in a sealed mason jar.)

Recipe Notes

One serving is 2 tablespoons.

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Honey Mustard Salad Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 46 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 94mg 4%
Potassium 37mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 9g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 2.1%
Iron 0.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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