My Grandma's lemon mustard vinaigrette dressing makes a simple dressing that goes together in a flash! You can make old-fashioned mustard salad dressing, as sweet as you want or need it to be!
Perfect for everything from cooking chicken and salmon to salad!
My grandparents always made their own salad dressing and this was one of my favorites! Their recipe for dijon mustard vinaigrette is not sweet on its own, for that you must add a tablespoon or two of honey!
My grandfather always used to chop all of the vegetables that she put out for the salad while my grandmother made lunch or dinner. They were a great team!
Like all of her creations, this recipe for my Grandma's mustard vinaigrette dressing is a definite keeper!
Why You Will Love This Recipe
- It only uses a few basic ingredients.
- It's an easy recipe that comes together quickly.
- It's so healthy and full of flavor.
- It makes a delicious salad dressing or marinade.
You'll only need a handful of simple ingredients to make this vinaigrette. You can find them all easily at your local grocery store.
- Dijon mustard: For the best flavor you want to use Dijon mustard. It has a bit more bite than other varieties of mustard.
- Vinegar: The flavor of white wine or red wine vinegar adds more flavor than regular vinegar.
- Lemon juice: Using freshly squeezed lemon juice adds a burst of brightness to add more acid and fresh flavor to the vinaigrette.
- Olive oil: Extra virgin olive oil is a healthy and tasty oil to use for homemade dressings.
- Honey: It's optional but you can add it if you prefer a sweeter salad dressing.
See the recipe card at the end of the post for the full list and exact quantities.
Substitutions and Variations
- Dijon Mustard: Use yellow or a combination of mustard (including grainy mustard) if desired. My husband uses maple mustard which works out great.
- Olive Oil: Grapeseed, avocado oil, or another vegetable oil will work instead.
- Honey: Swap for maple syrup or another liquid sweetener. Enjoy how it adds to the flavor of your dressing.
- Spicy: Add a few chili pepper flakes, harissa, sriracha, a teaspoon of homemade hot pepper sauce or your favorite hot sauce, or add a little of our jalapeno powder, smoked jalapeno powder, or chipotle powder to add some heat.
How to Make Mustard Lemon Vinaigrette
Like any good vinaigrette, this old-fashioned mustard vinaigrette only takes a couple of minutes to make. It's super easy!
The general recipe is below, but you'll find the exact instructions in the recipe card at the end of the post.
- Combine all the ingredients except the oil and lemon juice.
- Slowly whisk in the oil until emulsified.
- Add the lemon juice and whisk everything together.
- Store in a bottle or serve immediately with your favorite bowl of greens.
Refrigerator: Store in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks. You may want to sit it out on the counter for a few minutes before serving as the refrigerator makes the olive oil seize up a bit. Then shake it up and it's ready to serve!
Make ahead: This dressing is delicious from the first day to the last. Feel free to make as much as you'll eat in a couple of weeks.
How to Use Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette
- Serve it up with this spring asparagus salad or your favorite salad recipes.
- Jazz up your veggies. Drizzle it over simply cooked vegetables such as instant pot asparagus or toss your favorite veggies in the vinaigrette before cooking them in the oven for the best roasted veggies.
- Use it as a marinade for beef, pork, chicken, or fish.
- Whisk uniformly but vigorously as you slowly add the oil to get the best emulsification.
- Don't be alarmed if your vinaigrette solidifies in the refrigerator. It's totally normal. Just take it out and let it warm a bit to thin it out.
- For the best flavor, stick with Dijon mustard and fresh lemon juice.
High-quality oil will solidify because of the type of fat that's found in it. It's totally normal.
Yes, you can! It makes an excellent way to season meat or veggies before cooking them.
My Grandma's Homemade Vinaigrette Dressing Video
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More Mustard Recipes
Easy Lemon Mustard Vinaigrette Recipe
- In a medium sized bowl, salad dressing or resealable container whisk together onion, mustard, salt, pepper and vinegar.
- Slowly whisk in oil. When combined add and blend in lemon juice. Refrigerate until needed. Enjoy with our asparagus salad or salad of your choice.