So flavorful, tangy, and just sweet enough, this Vegan Honey Mustard Dressing adds instant flavor to any dish, from sandwiches to potatoes to nuggets! Not to mention, it's ridiculously quick and easy! Just stir the ingredients together in a bowl and enjoy.
Vegan honey mustard is fat-free and made without oil or refined-sugar.
Just two ingredients are all you need to make Vegan Honey Mustard that's so yummy you'll want to spread and drizzle it on everything. And it packs SO much flavor that a little really goes a long way.
Use it as a dip for raw vegetables and vegan chicken nuggets, a spread for sandwiches, and as a fat-free sauce for grains and potatoes of all kinds!
It also makes a great marinade for tofu and tempeh. And of course, it's amazing on salads.
Is honey vegan?
Ah, one of the great (vegan) debates of our time! The correct is answer is no, honey is not vegan.
Confusion arises because there are some vegans out there who just don't see anything wrong with honey or maybe they feel like there are bigger battles to worry about. Or maybe they haven't fully thought through the reasoning behind avoiding it.
But the bottom line is that bees make honey for themselves, not us.
Anytime humans commodify the product of an animal, we inevitably create problems and introduce new ethical dilemmas.
It's never as simple as, "My neighbor keeps bees, and they are treated very well and have plenty to eat so I don't see anything wrong with it."
Here's a related example: "My aunt has chickens and they're like pets to her. What's wrong with eating their eggs?" See the similarity?
But when you trace it back and ask yourself where the beekeeper gets their bees and where the homesteader gets their chickens, the issue becomes more clear. By consuming honey (or eggs or dairy) we are condoning the belief that these things are here for our use.
Okay, enough of the vegan philosophical stuff for now... Let's make some 2-ingredient Vegan "Honey" Mustard Sauce!
- mustard - a lot of honey mustard recipes call for dijon, but I much prefer a good quality yellow mustard. Something about the flavor is more classic and reminds me of dipping waffle fries in Chick-fil-A's honey mustard sauce MANY years ago.
Keep in mind that most of the flavor in honey mustard dressing comes from the mustard itself. So choose a good quality yellow mustard. My favorite is the one pictured above, Annie's Organic Yellow Mustard. I usually stock up on 2 or 3 bottles when it goes on sale at our store. The Whole Foods brand is also tasty.
- sweetener - pure maple syrup is my top choice, but agave nectar also works. For my palate, the subtle warm flavor of maple syrup makes the dressing more interesting.
- garlic powder, optional - adds the tiniest extra bit of savoriness but you can absolutely omit this ingredient. Think of it as something to experiment with, along with a few others mentioned below in the Variations.
See recipe card below for quantities and full recipe.
Use this vegan honey mustard dressing as:
- a dip for these amazing seitan chicken nuggets plus raw veggies, potato wedges and fries
- a dressing for salads
- a spread for sandwiches, wraps, and burgers
- an accent flavor in chickpea salad
- and a sauce for veggie bowls
Adjust the Flavor
If the zestiness of the mustard is too strong for you, it's easy to mellow out the flavor with a couple of tablespoons of vegan mayo. Use this homemade aquafaba mayo for an oil-free option.
If you like a spicy kick, add a pinch or two of cayenne pepper to the dressing.
Vegan honey mustard also tastes amazing with chopped fresh herbs added. Try a combination of basil, parsley, and chives.
Store dressing in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Vegan honey mustard is freezer-friendly.
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Vegan "Honey" Mustard
- ¼ cup good quality yellow mustard
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup or agave nectar - I prefer the flavor of maple syrup.
- ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder, optional
- Stir the ingredients together in a bowl until smooth and well combined.
- Taste and adjust flavor if desired.
Estimated Nutrition (per serving)
Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the exact amounts and specific products and ingredients used. We calculate this information using the online calculator cronometer.com.