Last week I wrote about why our family stopped buying store-bought dressings. I recommend reading that post if you are an avid salad eater. Once we stopped buying dressings, I knew I had to come up with some pretty great real-food salad dressing recipes because a) salad is gross without salad dressing and b) my kids and husband love to have a dipping sauce for different veggies/chicken fingers/whatever else may require dipping.
The recipe I’m sharing with you today is so simple it’s almost embarrassing. It’s a family favorite and is one of the only ways my two-year-old will eat his veggies. It’s nutrient-dense, tasty, and incredibly adaptable. It’s a real-food honey mustard dressing.
Real-Food Honey Mustard Dressing
A quick note about the ingredients:
- Honey – for the healthiest dressing you will want to use raw honey. Raw honey is full of beneficial enzymes. A lot of the honey that you buy at the store is pasteurized and may be adulterated with corn syrup (source). I get our honey through a local co-op, but if that’s not an option, I have seen raw honey sold in the stores, and you can get raw honey on Amazon.
- Mustard – we use yellow mustard, but feel free to experiment. Dijon mustard adds quite a kick and is easy to adjust to your family’s preferences.
- Apple Cider Vinegar – for the most health benefits, you will want to use unpasteurized, unfiltered vinegar with “the mother”. As you can see from the picture above, that’s not the kind I used – we ran out of the good stuff. I’m not sweating it though because I know that my dressing is still going to be light-years more nutritious than a store-bought alternative, even with my pasteurized apple cider vinegar. This is a good brand.
- Additions: Feel free to add some home-made mayo to this sauce for a more creamy texture. Or if you are feeling wild, add a little bit of curry. I know that sounds strange, but honey mustard curry is the only way one of my kids will eat his broccoli.
- 5 parts raw honey
- 4 parts mustard
- 2 to 3 parts apple cider vinegar
- Mix the ingredients together until combined.
Does your family like honey mustard sauce?
Don’t forget to check out the other posts in this series: