This 3-ingredient Maple Dijon Dressing tastes like a vegan honey mustard! A delicious blend of sweet and tangy. Plus it's so quick and easy to prepare. Enjoy it as a salad dressing, condiment, or dipping sauce! (Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free.)
This homemade Maple Dijon Dressing recipe couldn't be easier!
It requires just 3 simple ingredients and a couple minutes of your time.
It's a delightful balance of sweet and tangy. The naturally sweetened syrup pairs wonderfully with the sharp, pungent, slightly spicy flavor of Dijon mustard.
Then we add some tangy, sour taste with a splash of vinegar. It's so quick and easy! Plus it works great as a dressing, dip, or condiment.
Ingredients for Maple Dijon Dressing
For this recipe you will whisk together in a small bowl:
- Dijon mustard: The flavor of Dijon is slightly spicier than regular yellow mustard and it works well as a dressing base. Double check your Dijon is vegan, as some brands contain animal byproducts or added flavors like honey. (A couple brands that offer vegan & organic options are Whole Foods 365, Primal Kitchen, and I believe Koops. But many others do as well.) Check out a little history of Dijon mustard here.
- Pure maple syrup: This is a delicious natural sweetener and replaces the more classic honey. Use as much or as little as you'd like depending on the sweetness you desire.
- Apple cider vinegar: Or you can try substituting another vinegar like red wine vinegar, white wine vinegar, or distilled white vinegar. But I haven't tested these and they will slightly alter the taste.
Make it creamy: For a thicker, creamier consistency whisk in 1-2 tablespoons of good quality tahini. This adds tasty flavor and also thickens it up. (This is great if you're using it as a dipping sauce!)
Additional flavors: Add onion powder, garlic powder, salt and black pepper to taste, or anything else that sounds good. See recipe for guidance. I enjoy this recipe oil-free, but you can add a tablespoon of good quality extra virgin olive oil if preferred.
Sweet or tangy: The recipe below reflects my own preferred taste of the balance between sweet and tangy. Make yours sweeter by adding more maple syrup, or make it tangier with additional vinegar or mustard. Play around to find the balance you enjoy!
Shake it! Instead of whisking in a bowl, you can shake the ingredients in a sealed glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.
Salad dressing: Drizzle this vegan "honey" Dijon on a variety of your favorite salads for big flavor. Try it on tossed salads or with a base of kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, or mixed spring greens.
Dipping sauce: Dip roasted Brussels sprouts, vegan chicken tenders, pretzels, or anything else that sounds good. (I recommend using the optional tahini to thicken it up for a better dipping sauce!)
Condiment: Spoon it as a flavorful sauce on your favorite wraps, sandwiches, roasted veggies, subs, etc.
Store leftovers in a sealed glass mason jar (or other airtight container) in the refrigerator. I find it keeps for about 4-5 days. Give it a stir again before using.
For more inspiration, also browse all vegan oil-free salad dressing recipes.
Maple Dijon Dressing (Vegan Honey Mustard)
- 3 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
- 3 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 tsp. onion powder, 1/8 tsp. garlic powder, 1-2 Tbsp. tahini, salt/pepper to taste
- Add all ingredients to a small bowl. Whisk until smooth.
- Taste and adjust flavors if needed. (More syrup for sweeter, more vinegar for tang, etc.) For a creamy, thicker version whisk in 1-2 Tbsp. tahini.
Nutrition Per Serving (Estimate)
Sodium: This is omitted as I cannot provide an accurate number. I encourage you to calculate your own to provide a much more precise reading based on the exact ingredients, brands, and amounts you're using.
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