Homemade Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

Spinach Cranberry Feta Salad with Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

When it comes to dressings, I like to be thoroughly assaulted by flavor.  Not quite a Lohan-esque sucker punch to the taste buds, but pretty darn close.  In order for me to deem a dressing appropriate, it needs to be a little bit sweet, a little bit salty, and enhance any and all veggies I pair it with without overpowering their natural deliciousness.  It’s not asking too much.

My past arsenal includes a creamy curry dressing worthy of slathering on everything from salads to rice bowls, a greek vinaigrette that is utterly magical over bell peppers and chickpeas, and a refreshing yet fiery sriracha ranch that takes fish tacos to the next level and then some!

I’m also a huge fan of berry-infused balsalmics and good old oil and vinegar.  Ooh!  I also drizzle yellow mustard on veggie burger salads and pour straight up hot sauce on buffalo shrimp salads.

I wasn’t joking about the assault thing.  Bland is a four letter word to me… aka Blah.

Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

Homemade Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • 2 TBSP of your favorite healthy oil
  • 2 TBSP dijon mustard
  • 2 TBSP white vinegar
  • 1-2 TBSP chopped yellow or vidalia onion
  • 1 TBSP honey; plus extra, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp dried minced onion or onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt; plus any extra, to taste

Instructions

  1. Whisk all of the above ingredients together, dip a spinach leaf to taste, then adjust the acidity-to-honey ratio to suit your palette.
  2. You can even go crazy and add a little extra garlic! Simply listen to your taste buds; they're brilliant.
Spinach Cranberry Feta Salad with Honey Dijon Vinaigrette
Pair it with a leafy green salad of crisp baby spinach, dried cranberries, sliced almonds, and crumbled feta.
Oh.  So.  Easy.

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Comments

Kristen @ notsodomesticated

I have no doubt that I would love this dressing. I’m the same as you … I need my salad dressing to pack a punch! 😉

Amy B @ Second City Randomness

Lovely. During all this holiday craze, I’ve become really appreciative of the lighter meals like this. It’s refreshing.

Aparna B. @ Not A Leaf

This is my and REB’s go-to homemade dessert when we have side salads alongside dinner! I love this! It’s so light, tangy and so flavorful!

Frances Stiles

Honey dijon is Ralph’s favorite! I’ll be trying this version, soon…Thanks, Jenn!

Jamie@Thrifty Veggie Mama

Yummy! Definitely one of my favorite dressings but I haven’t tried to make it at home yet. I really love a good creamy tahini dressing too.

MIz

I read your posts and HONE IN ON YER PICS and wonder:
SERIOUSLY THATS HER FOOD?
my food tastes fab but my food be, um, ugly 🙂

Little Miss Cornucopia

I looooove a good tasty mustard dressing and this one sounds uh-may-zing!! I think I almost licked my screen – thanks for that! X

Andrea @ Vegvacious

YUMMY!!! Honey dijon is my fave on everything from salads to roasted brussels sprouts to sandwiches!

kepotts

Yes please on the dressing flavor assault, this coming from a person who enjoys sweating when they eat (bring on the spice!) This dressing looks amaze-a-balls!

Cotter Crunch

it’s curry in a hurry. YUM!

Kim Lee

I was actually thinking of making a big salad for Christmas with fruit and this dressing would go perfect with what I had in mind. I’m printing now!

Ali @ WHOLEistically Fit

Love the post, Jenn. 😀 I’m 100% with ya on the dressing requirements. This looks heavenly and I love the presentation of it in the pictures.

Sharon

I love honey dijon vinaigrette but I normally buy it from the store rather than make it myself. Your recipe sounds absolutely delicious! I’ll definitely have to give it a try! 🙂 xx

Carli Alice

I love making honey dijon dressing. It’s so yummy. I’ll have to try the onion, haven’t done that yet.

Lillian

This looks fantastic! I don’t usually like mustard too much, but I’d try this in a heartbeat (and probably pour buckets of it onto my salad – it looks *that* good). 🙂

Amber @ Slim Pickins Kitchen

Yum! This looks amazing!

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