This is the best homemade vegan honey mustard! It's tangy, sweet and only takes a few minutes to make! This is the most delicious dipping sauce or dressing—better than store-bought! You're going to want to make this ASAP!
Is honey vegan?
First up, let's clear the air on this issue. It's a common misconception that honey is vegan and many who identify as plant-based still consume it.
Bees produce honey for themselves and are often given sugar water as food in place of honey in order to harvest the honey for humans in commercial honey operations.
Since bees are animals and the foundation of Veganism is to not contribute to animal exploitation, honey is not vegan. There's a lot more to it and many nuances when it comes to honey production and backyard beekeeping, but this is the simplest explanation.
Substitutes for honey
Fear not, we can absolutely make a delicious honey mustard without real honey!
You can make your own vegan honey with just a few simple ingredients! My version is made with apples and can be ready in 30 minutes.
You can also simply use maple syrup or agave syrup. Both nicely add the sweetness that honey would in this honey mustard dressing.
There are also store-bought vegan honeys, though they come at a premium. Check out this article for a full breakdown of all the best substitutes for honey.
Just six simple ingredients needed that you probably already have on hand! Exact measurements are available in the recipe card at the bottom.
Mustard—any mustard will do but my personal favorite is yellow mustard for the tanginess. Dijon is also a good choice if you like your honey mustard spicier.
Vegan honey—make your own or simply use maple syrup (or agave syrup!).
How to make
Preparing your homemade vegan honey mustard is as simple as adding everything to a small bowl and mixing it all together!
It takes less than 5 minutes to prepare and couldn't get easier!
What to serve with
This makes a wonderful salad dressing. I love using it as the base for my meal prep mason jar salads!
It also makes a great dipping sauce for vegan nuggets, vegan coconut "shrimp", crispy tofu, zucchini chips, sweet potato bites, or spread on a sandwich! You really can't go wrong—anyway you use this dip will be delicious!
How to store
This vegan honey mustard can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
More Vegan Dressings and Dips
- ¼ cup yellow mustard, or Dijon mustard
- 2 ½ tablespoons vegan honey or maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- Add all ingredients to a small bowl and mix well to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired by adding more mustard for tanginess or more sweetener if you prefer.