Homemade honey mustard dipping sauce is an incredibly quick and simple recipe that tastes just as good as store-bought varieties!
When I was a junior in high school, I ran for senior class president (those of you who know me personally will not be surprised by the fact that I have always been driven by a crazy perfectionist competitive side). I had zero chance of winning; the office was won by the girl who had been freshman, sophomore, and junior class president. I knew I wouldn’t win, but it was kind of (kind of being the operative term) a fun experience. Anyway, the only person who gave her a run for her money was a guy whose platform was chicken nuggets and honey mustard.
He was a bit of a jokester (that’s a bit of an understatement) and of course there was nothing that he could actually do about the cafeteria food, but apparently he was a big fan of the chicken nuggets and honey mustard that they served, I don’t know, maybe one day a week (I have no idea, as I lived off of the salad/nacho/baked potato bar when I wasn’t eating chips and pink icing cookies for lunch). His entire platform was more chicken nugget and honey mustard days in the cafeteria. And while I don’t think that he came close to winning, he was the clear runner-up.
For a long time, I ordered chicken tenders in just about every restaurant that I went to. Honestly, I wasn’t the typical chicken tenders and fries orderer. This was in my late teens and early twenties and I loved a variety of foods, but I wanted honey mustard. Not just any honey mustard, either. I always felt completely ripped off when I asked for honey mustard and got some cheap non-creamy variety.
I was obsessed. I would cook specific foods just for the opportunity to dip them into honey mustard. My freshman year of college, I taught my roommates how to fry chicken tenders, dredged in bread crumbs and dipped into Naturally Fresh honey mustard, which I’m pretty sure is the brand that Applebee’s used (that was my favorite).
Eventually, I needed honey mustard and didn’t have any. What I did have, though, was: honey, mustard, and mayonnaise. A little whisking and voila: honey mustard. Honestly, I think it’s even a little better than the better store-bought varieties of honey mustard that you can get next to the bagged salads at the grocery store. This homemade honey mustard is great for dipping chicken or French fries into, but it’s also a perfect sandwich spread!
Yield: about 3/4 cup
5 minPrep Time:
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 1/3 cup Dijon or spicy brown mustard
- 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons honey
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl. Store in the refrigerator in a covered container or jar for up to a three days.
It is very easy to adapt this recipe to fit any quantity that you need! Just use 2 parts mayonnaise, 2 parts mustard, and 1 part honey and scale the paprika to fit the amount.
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