Admit it, you’ve got at least one or two types of mustard hanging out in your fridge. You bought the big jars, frugal you, but after that BBQ, you have plenty left over and not a clue about what to do with it! Did you know there’s actually so much you can do with mustard? It’s true! And one of the best things you can do with mustard is turn it into salad dressing!

Why Mustard Works

Mustard is an amazing base to so many delicious salad dressings. It’s got that perfect tang along with emulsifying properties that just won’t quit. That emulsification is a pretty special characteristic, especially if you love a dressing that’s creamy and doesn’t separate. Need an emulsifier definition refresh? Well, let’s flashback to grade school science class – remember that time you tried to combine oil and water? It was so cool to see how they never fully incorporated with each other, even when you shook that container, it still wouldn’t work. Then, maybe you added an emulsifier to it, and like magic, it became one cohesive liquid. Mustard is the magic! As an emulsifier, it prevents substances from separating, therefore making it the perfect addition to most salad dressings. I love a dual purpose ingredient, don’t you?

5 Mustard Salad Dressings

Now, let’s make that dressing! I like to follow this base recipe: start with 2-3 teaspoons of mustard, next add a little vinegar or other acid such as lemon or lime juice. Then add the seasonings (salt, pepper, herbs, and spices) and whisk in the oil and tada! You’ve got salad dressing. Now it’s your turn! Test out some of my favorite mustard salad dressing combinations below!

5 Mustard-Based Salad Dressing Recipes c/o Luvo

Honey Mustard

  • Mix – 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard with 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • Add – 1 tablespoon honey, 1/4 teaspoon crushed thyme leaves, pinch salt and black pepper
  • Whisk in – 3 tablespoons olive or canola oil

Dijon Tarragon

  • Mix – 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard with 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • Add – 2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
  • Whisk in – 3 tablespoons olive oil

Lemon Garlic Dijon

  • Mix – 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard with 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Add – 1 teaspoon lemon zest and 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Whisk in – 1/4 cup olive oil

Maple Dijon

  • Mix – 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard with 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • Add – 1 tablespoon maple syrup, 1 clove garlic, minced, and 1 teaspoon minced shallot
  • Whisk in – 3 tablespoons olive oil

Basic Balsamic

  • Mix – 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard with 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Add – 1 clove garlic, minced, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Whisk in – 3 tablespoons olive oil

How are you using mustard? Let us know in the comments section and be sure to download Luvo’s 7-day meal and fitness plan for more nutritious recipes.

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