Sweet Dijon Dressing Done Light & Easy

Posted by on May 28, 2009 | 24 Comments

Salads, our new best friend for loading on protein and healthy veggies in one healthy swoop. I have had some fun trialing different dressing recipes that appeal to both my husband and I, but unfortunately, he isn’t a fan of one of my favorites, honey mustard.

But the other day when he had already inhaled his lunch, I had the opportunity to experiment for my own tastes. I looked up several recipes for this everyday dressing, but all sounded a bit muddled in my opinion. Mayo, yogurt, pepper, onion … too many distractions from the simplistic deliciousness that the basic honey and mustard combo can offer.

So, I winged it … and it was delicious! I mixed equal parts of three flavors that I thought would meld nicely, and a fat-free vinaigrette was born. Unfortunately, while the flavor was right (sweet, tangy, and with enough bite to stand out amongst the greens), it was a bit too thin. Searching through the fridge and pantry for a nice, mild, natural addition, I came upon my trusty (and cheap!) flaxseeds. A quick whiz in the spice grinder turns these seeds into gel-magic. The flaxseeds add the tiniest bit of “healthy” fat, which transforms this dressing from non-fat to light, but I think your waistline can handle that extra gram.

Sweet Dijon Dressing

I call it sweet dijon dressing, rather than honey mustard, because you really can swap in agave for equally delicious results, and … well, the word dijon just sounded a bit more sophisticated. As for the third ingredient, white wine vinegar, it may sound fancy, but it is cheap and relatively easy to find amongst the other vinegars in most grocery stores. I haven’t tried it, but apple cider vinegar might work well in its place.

Recipe: Sweet and Light Dijon Salad Dressing


  • 2 Tablespoons Honey or Agave Nectar
  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons White Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Flaxseeds (grind then measure)


  1. Whisk these four little ingredients together until well combined.
  2. Pop the dressing in the fridge to thicken a bit while you make the rest of your salad.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Diet type: Optionally Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy free, Egg free, Gluten free, Nut free, Peanut free, Soy free, Wheat free

Number of servings (yield): 3

Copyright © Alisa Fleming.


Sweet Dijon Salad

Comments (24)


  1. This is great. Using the flaxseeds to thicken it up is a great idea!

  2. Anne K. says:

    This looks great! I love the use of flaxseeds 😀

  3. Alison says:

    Looks great! I love homemade dressing but it’s so hard to find good ones that aren’t loaded with oil.

  4. Rebeca says:

    OMG dijon dressing is my favorite but I avoid it because it’s usually so b-a-d for you… I’m so excited to make this… I have the perfect jar waiting for me at home!

  5. Andrea says:

    I’ve never tried to thicken dressing with flax seed. Thanks for the suggestion! I’ll try it in this recipe, which looks delicious.

  6. Oh wow this looks so amazing! Dijon dressing is my favorite… I have to try this!

  7. This looks great! Can’t wait to try it!

  8. Vegetation says:

    Oh wow! I’m totally addicted to mustard so you had me at Dijon! I just have to wait for the icy cold wintery weather to ease up a little and I’ll definitely be putting this on my next salad (although drizzling it over a baked tatie sounds pretty awesome too!)

  9. Matt says:

    I’m making lunch for a meeting next week and this dressing is just what I was looking for. The flax seeds are a great idea. Thanks

  10. Sarena says:

    Yum! This sounds great! I love the combination of these ingredients! I will definitely give this one a try!

  11. Kailey says:

    i love how much flavor dijon mustard brings to food!

  12. pam says:

    I really like the addition of the ground flax seeds!

  13. Emily says:

    Awesome recipe! 😀

  14. Kevin says:

    That salad looks really good! I like dijon dressing like this.

  15. Amy says:

    I made this using rice wine vinegar minus the flax seed. It was amazing. It was not too runny with just the honey, mustard and vinegar. Next time I’m going to try a spicey mustard. I plan on using it for veggie sauce too. I love the fact that it is so low in calories. Thanks!

  16. I just copied this recipe — yum, it looks wonderful. I do my own version, but with apple cider vinegar and olive oil. I really like the idea of the flax seeds. Very creative! I agree with Amy, it does sound like it would be good as a veggie sauce.

  17. Diann says:

    I love mustard sauces and dressings. Can’t wait to make this one!

  18. […] to Elisa at One Frugal Foodie for sharing this Sweet Dijon salad dressing recipe. It is often difficult to find creamy dressings […]

  19. Kathleen says:

    Simply delicious! Doubled the recipe, using 2 tsp ground flaxseed and blended it up. THANKS!

  20. […] am pretty sure that the Sweet Dijon Dressing will be one of the options, however, I had yet to successfully create a dressing that would […]

  21. Kathleen says:

    Made it a second time with spicy brown mustard and fig infused white vinegar and it’s still delicious! Yum!! It encourages me to eat a lot of salad:).

  22. Ling says:

    looks like a great recipe – how long can you keep it? do you have to refrigerate it? Does it need to be in an airtight container?


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