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Vegan Honey Mustard Dressing without Oil

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This Vegan Honey Mustard Dressing adds sweet and tangy flavor to any food you pair with it. With only 4 ingredients, you can whip together this oil free, dairy free sauce in minutes!

Jar of honey mustard dressing with bowls of salad in background.

Looking for a flavor filled salad dressing or dipping sauce that is plant based and free of oil! This Vegan Honey Mustard may be just what you’re looking for!

Finding a vegan honey mustard dressing in the stores is nearly impossible. Pretty much all of them contain honey, and some even contain oil.

But this recipe contains neither of those, is low in calories, gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, and vegan, so it can be enjoyed by everyone!

This dressing is incredibly easy and will add a ton of flavor to your salads. The sweetness is a nice contrast to bitter greens, but it’s a wonderful dressing for any salad. You can even use it as a dipping sauce for soft pretzels, tofu bites, or vegan chicken nuggets.

Is honey vegan?

This is a question that is often debated among vegans. The answer is, no, honey is not vegan. Like meat, milk, and eggs, honey is an animal product, and thus not consumed by vegans.

Honey is the energy source of bees, and they would starve without it, especially in the winter. It is their primary food source – they need it, we don’t!

Many followers of a plant based diet do not feel that there is anything wrong with consuming honey. But there are many ethical and environmental concerns associated its production.

These issues should be researched before deciding whether or not to eat honey.

What is in this salad dressing?

This dressing couldn’t be easier! You likely have the four simple ingredients in your pantry!

Ingredients for salad dressing.
  • Maple syrup – be sure to use 100% pure maple syrup, and not pancake syrup (that stuff is full of high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavors). Maple syrup is a great vegan substitute for honey, but you can use other liquid sweeteners like agave or date syrup, if you prefer.
  • Mustard – I prefer to use a good Dijon mustard for my dressing, but yellow mustard is also fine. With such few ingredients, it’s important to use a good flavored mustard.
  • Apple cider vinegar – this thins the dressing and makes it more of a honey mustard vinaigrette.
  • Garlic – optional, but adds a nice spicy kick to the dressing.

How to make this honey mustard dressing

This recipe is ridiculously easy! Just put the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together until combined. Or, for even easier mixing, place the ingredients in a small jar with a leak proof lid and shake to combine.

Taste and adjust with more maple syrup, mustard, or vinegar for your taste preferences.

Jar of honey mustard dressing next to a bowl of salad.


  • Use a different sweetener for your vegan honey alternative such as agave syrup or brown rice syrup.
  • Use yellow mustard instead of the Dijon, or opt for half Dijon mustard and half yellow mustard.
  • The flavor can also be varied by choosing a different vinegar – white vinegar, balsamic vinegar, or white wine vinegar are all possible options.
  • Make it a creamy mustard salad dressing by adding some vegan mayo or silken tofu.

Serving suggestions

  • Drizzle is over your salad and raw veggies
  • Use it as a dipping sauce for roasted or baked potatoes and tofu nuggets
  • Spread it on your sandwiches
  • Use it as a sauce for your buddha bowls
Honey mustard dressing being drizzled from spoon onto bowl of salad.


Leftover dressing will keep for up to a week in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Jar of honey mustard dressing with bowls of salad in background.

Vegan Honey Mustard Dressing

Teresa Sklenicka
This Vegan Honey Mustard Dressing adds sweet and tangy flavor to any food you pair with it. With only 4 ingredients, you can whip together this oil free, dairy free sauce in minutes!
4.50 from 8 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 5
Calories 34.4 kcal


  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic pressed or minced


  • Place all ingredients in a small jar, seal, and shake to combine.
  • Taste and adjust for taste preferences.


Serving: 2tablespoonsCalories: 34.4kcalCarbohydrates: 6.8gSodium: 181.4mgSugar: 6gVitamin A: 0.03IUVitamin C: 0.12mgCalcium: 10.98mgIron: 0.02mg
Keyword Dairy Free, Oil Free, salad dressing, Vegan
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By on June 3rd, 2022

About Teresa Sklenicka

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