Honey Mustard Sauce + Video
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This Honey Mustard Sauce has the perfect balance of sweet and tangy flavors with a deliciously creamy texture. Combine just a few pantry ingredients to make the best honey mustard around. In fact, I think it tastes just like the kind from Wendy’s!
Honey Mustard Sauce
Nothing compares to the original Wendy’s honey mustard dipping sauce, but this recipe comes pretty darn close!
Plus, you only need five ingredients that are probably already in your fridge and pantry.
Honey mustard dipping sauce is fantastic for chicken nuggets, fries, or even pigs in a blanket. I also like to use it when I make our version of Outback’s Alice Springs Chicken.
Looking for more dips and sauces you can make yourself? Try this buttermilk ranch, 5-minute marinara, or my famous recipe for Jack Daniels BBQ Sauce!
Honey Mustard Recipe Tips
- Let it sit overnight. While it’s perfectly fine to use your homemade honey mustard right away, the flavor is noticeably better the longer the ingredients have to meld together.
- Want a larger batch? Easily double or triple the amounts for parties or if you want to keep a jar of this honey mustard sauce on hand.
- Make it spicy. For a little extra heat, add a pinch of cayenne powder or a dash of your favorite hot sauce.
Not only is this the best honey mustard for dipping sauce, but you can spread it on sandwiches and wraps as well!
Drizzle some over salads or a tray of roasted vegetables, and even use this homemade honey mustard as a glaze for a variety of grilled or roasted meats.
Honey Mustard Sauce FAQ
When stored in an airtight container, this honey mustard sauce should keep for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator. Give it a good stir before using it in case any of the ingredients start to separate.
Feel free to use whatever you have on hand, but I’ve found that these brands produce a flavor that’s closest to the Wendy’s version.
Mayonnaise – Hellmans or Best Food are my preferred brands. Miracle Whip has added sugar and spices, making it both sweeter and spicier, and not a great choice for this honey mustard recipe.
Honey – Most varieties you find at the store are filtered to remove pollen and prevent them from crystallizing too quickly. As a result, these tend to be much sweeter and may have a sickly sweet aftertaste. Look for bottles labeled as raw honey, or buy some from your local beekeeper.
Yellow mustard – I use Gulden’s, which I believe is available at most stores in the US. Out of all of the ingredients, this one has the most wiggle room as far as brand goes.
Dijon – Grey Poupon is my top choice, and what sets it apart is the small amount of white wine. Not only does this add acidity, but the brightness helps to balance the natural earthy flavor.
Lemon juice – Freshly squeezed is going to have a better flavor than bottled. You should only need about half a lemon for this honey mustard recipe.
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Honey Mustard Recipe + Video
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 3 tablespoons raw honey
- 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- Combine ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk until well combined.
- Allow to sit overnight in the refrigerator. You may use immediately, but the flavors meld overnight and become a fantastic creation!
- Serve and enjoy.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published February 2013, updated and republished January 2023
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My daughter adores honey mustard sauces – I will print this for her! Thanks – have a great week.
I can eat honey mustard on everything! Thank you!
it even looks better than Wendy's! You bet I am trying this like- TONIGHT
This is the same recipe I've used to make honey mustard in the past and the boys loved it! I'll have to try your version with a little bit more honey next time and see how we like it. Thanks, chickie!
No vinegar at all? I like the mayo in there, I'll have to play with this one some.
Just now I tried it and wow!! everybody liked it so much… I was looking for Honey mustered sauce in Hyderabad , India, but was not able to find one… This one rocks!! my search ends and doing it at home now …. Thanks for the great recipy
Tried it tonight. Absolutely delicious! Next time I will refrigerae overnight I'm sure it will be doubly good. To Chris…,the lemon juice takes the place of the vinegar. Try it first before playing with it. I am sure you will be pleased with it as is.
Mustard has Vineger in it so no need to add vinegar
I haven't tried this recipe yet…but like Chris was wondering about the absence of vinegar (only because I am a huge fan of vinegars in dressing!) Just as an additional bit of reference should anyone want to adjust the recipe, here are the actual ingredients to "Wendy's Deli Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce" and the link where the information was obtained:
Ingredients (29): Soybean(s) Oil, Water, Corn Syrup High Fructose, Mustard Seed, Water, Mustard Dijon (, Citric Acid, Vinegar Distilled, Salt, Spice(s) ), Sugar, Vinegar, Wine White, Tartaric Acid, Calcium Disodium EDTA To Protect Flavor, Citric Acid, Egg(s) Yolks, Paprika Extractive, Turmeric Extractives, Honey, Mustard Seed, Potassium Sorbate, Salt, Sodium Benzoate, Contains Spice(s), Turmeric, Xanthan Gum, Propylene Glycol Alginate, Flavor(s) Natural
Sorry…there are 2 types of Honey Mustard at Wendy's and if you are like me, I like the version that is sold with the nuggets….the ingredients for that are here rather than the version I just posted – hope it helps if you need to tweak this recipe at all!:
Wendy's Honey Mustard Sauce For Nuggets
Soybean(s) Oil, Honey, Vinegar Distilled, Mustard Seed, Water, Mustard Dijon (, Citric Acid, Egg(s) Yolks, Salt, Spice(s) ), Vinegar, Water, Wine White, Tartaric Acid, Paprika, Salt, Sodium Benzoate, Contains Spice(s), Sugar, Xanthan Gum, Yellow 5, Oleoresin Paprika
This really needs brand names because the taste from different mayo and mustards are so extreme. You had me at Wendys because it is a VERY specific taste, and I've tried about a dozen brands from the store with no luck. Just saying "half cup mayo" is kind of unhelpful. We really need to know the exact brands to get the exact taste that you found better than Wendy's.
Good point. Hellmans/Best Foods Mayo and Guldens Yellow Mustard. Dijon is Grey Poupon. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.
I'm unable to see the recipe for the Wendy's Honey mustard, could I grab a link to it? Thank you!
It is on the page above the comments here. Start at the top and scroll down below the last large image. It's is here. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.
Tried this. Very, very good! I used vegan mayonnaise, and it still tasted just like the honey mustard dips I love at my favorite pizza joint.
I added Miracle Whip along with mayo for the vinegar flavorings which also kept it creamy!
Can I still make this if I have no lemon?
I came across your recipe last night and whipped up a batch following the exact directions and refrigerated it overnight. I also had a Wendy's Honey Mustard condiment from a few days ago that I kept on hand and used it to do a comparison. Holy cow! This is the real deal!!! You nailed this recipe. It tastes exactly like Wendy's. It's so good, I'm thinking about trying it as a glaze on a ham for soon now that I have an ample supply.
This is my go-to honey mustard! I use homemade mayo – yum!
Outstanding honey mustard recipe. Absoloute perfection!
I've always made my own honey mustard with just 3 ingredients: Mayo,honey and yellow mustard. Next time I decide to make it I'm going to try it with the Dijon and lemon.
I’m a bit of a honey mustard snob. I feel like it can either be excellent, or very disappointing. This recipe does not disappoint. I made some yesterday with what I had on hand, and let it sit overnight, as recommended. So tasty!! I even used a store brand stone-ground Dijon, and standard, blah, filtered honey, because as I said, I had them on hand.
I can’t wait to make this again with the *correct* ingredients!!! This is a winning recipe, without question. Thank you so much for sharing
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