This creamy vegan honey mustard recipe is the perfect sweet and tangy topping and/or dipping sauce for just about everything. This dressing is made with four easy-to-find ingredients, including yellow mustard, not dijon mustard (which is often not vegan) and can be made within minutes.
I am a big fan of condiments in general, but especially honey mustard. I love to dip my fries in it, and I love to top my veggie burgers with it.
The biggest thing that stands out when thinking of honey mustard and a vegan diet is, well the honey, of course.
But if you look closer at the ingredients list, you will usually find some type of dairy product lurking around.
So, once I started to eliminate dairy from my diet, I knew this was a dressing I needed to create. My life would not be complete without it.
This delicious honey mustard vegan sauce is full of sweet and tangy flavor, yet is thick and creamy just like the real thing. Plus, you only need four ingredients to make it, and it takes only minutes to make.
You know me, as a lazy vegan myself, I hate any complicated recipe. So, trust me when I say that this is the easiest recipe you will make this year. One bowl, four ingredients, whisk and you are done!
If you love a creamy honey mustard sauce, such as McDonald’s, you will love this honey mustard dressing with no honey!
Is Honey Mustard Vegan?
Many people asking me “is honey mustard vegan?” While this is a highly debated topic that may leave some individuals dumbfounded, the cut and dry answer to this is - no, it is not vegan because honey comes from an animal.
While the more obvious reason (and the highly debated one) is that is due to the honey in the dressing (it is important to note, however, those who partake in a plant-based diet may enjoy honey), the less obvious one is that sometimes the dressing contains dairy.
Many dressings will sneak dairy into their honey mustard dressings and sauces to thicken them up.
So, if you are dairy-free or following a plant-based diet, this is something to look for when perusing the ingredients.
Is Mustard Vegan?
Another question I receive a lot is “Is mustard vegan.” If this may sound a little more straightforward, it is because it is. *Most* of the time mustard is vegan. As discussed above, honey mustard is not.
If you are prudent about searching your ingredient list, your next thought may be “well, is dijon mustard vegan?” Dijon mustard is another tricky area, as sometimes it can contain certain ingredients that can be filtered in a way which uses animal byproduct. So, when in doubt, Google will be your best friend with this.
In fact, something that is scary to me is that I noticed that many vegan honey mustard recipes call for dijon mustard. Rest assured, this one calls for yellow mustard, which is definitely vegan.
Ingredients for this Honey Mustard Vegan Sauce
To make this easy vegan honey mustard, you will need the following ingredients: yellow mustard; vegan mayo; garlic powder; and maple syrup.
Yellow Mustard- There is no substitution for yellow mustard. As discussed above, many dijon mustards are not indeed vegan. Therefore, stick with the yellow one!
Vegan Mayo- I used Hellman’s brand vegan mayo, which I liked. I also have used Follow Your Heart, as well as a few other popular store brand ones.
If you do not like mayo, or want to make this recipe oil-free, you may omit the mayo. It will not be as creamy, but it will still be very good.
Garlic Powder - Ok, I am a garlic addict. But, seriously, who isn’t? If you do not have this ingredient on hand or have a garlic intolerance, you may omit it.
Maple Syrup- Wait, is Maple Syrup Vegan? Yes!!! Maple syrup is vegan and it should be tossed around like confetti. I use maple syrup in almost all of my baking recipes.
Do not worry, the maple taste will not overpower this sauce. It is the substitute for honey and harmonizes well with the mustard taste.
If you do not like maple syrup, you can easily swap it out for agave (or honey if you are not vegan). You may also substitute date syrup.
How To Make This Sauce
This dressing is extremely simple to make. Place all of your ingredients into a bowl and whisk for approximately 1 minute. That is it. You are done.
Storing The Sauce
This sauce will stay well for up to 10 days in an air-tight container in the fridge. Although it is so tasty, I bet you eat it before the 10 days are up!
What To Pair Dairy Free Honey Mustard With
The possibilities are endless with this one. You can top it on top of a sandwich, dip veggies or pretzels in it, dunk some french fries in it, pour it on top of a salad, and so on.
I personally stuck my finger in the bowl and ate it plain, lol!
FAQ & Tips
This sauce is dairy-free and honey-free. It is also dijon mustard-free, which can sometimes contain animal by-products.
Yes, you can! Just omit the vegan mayo.
Craving More Dips?
I have a thing for condiments and sauce, and if you do too, check out my other sauce recipes.
My Apple Cider Vinaigrette dressing is the perfect, lighter dressing.
However, if you are more into a sweeter, creamier dressing, try my Creamy Orange Ginger Tahini Dressing.
Finally, is tangy is your thing, I urge you to try my Tangy Pumpkin Tahini Dressing.
If you want to pair this dip with crispy, crunchy 15-minute French fries (shown in picture), check out my blog post on How To Cook Sweet Potato Fries in the Air Fryer.
Honey Mustard (Vegan)
- ¼ cup yellow mustard
- 2 tbsp vegan mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- Add all ingredients into a medium sized bowl and whisk or stir virgously for 30-60 seconds.
- Enjoy immediately or store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 10 days.