This super easy recipe for honey lime salad dressing shakes together with just 5 simple ingredients in about 5 minutes. So easy and incredibly delicious on strawberry goat cheese salad with candied walnuts.
When I whipped up this honey lime dressing recipe for my Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad with Candied Walnuts, I found myself wondering why I ever buy the stuff at the grocery store.
Homemade dressing makes fresh salads taste at least 1.3 million times better, AND I can make it faster than I can remove that plastic seal from store-bought dressing.
And this honey lime vinaigrette recipe is no exception.
The combination of tart lime juice and sweet honey is sublime, and the Dijon mustard and minced garlic make it the perfect dressing for everything from main dish savory salads to a simple side salad.
It has a low oil to acid ratio, so it's quite tangy. If you like more oil in your dressing, go ahead and add more.
Why You're Going to Love This Recipe
It's so easy to make your own dressing, you may never buy it again!
Delicious salad dressing that's way better than the store-bought varieties
Transform your favorite salad with sweet-tart combo of honey and lime
Please refer to the recipe card for the exact quantities.
Fresh lime juice. You'll need the juice of 2-3 limes. You can add the lime zest too!
Honey. Honey adds rich flavor and natural sweetness. Two tablespoons is just the right amount for us, but feel free to adjust the sweetness up or down.
Dijon mustard. Dijon adds a savory vibe and is a great emulsifier in homemade salad dressings.
Olive oil. Good quality extra virgin olive oil adds fruity herbal flavor.
Minced garlic clove. Fresh garlic adds a sharp pungency to the dressing. In a pinch, you can use garlic powder.
Salt and black pepper. Don't forget to season with salt and pepper.
Lemon juice. Swap out lime juice for lemon juice.
Honey. You can use maple syrup instead of honey. For best results, use pure maple syrup.
Mustard. Stone ground mustard is a great substitute for Dijon in dressings.
Oil. Avocado oil is a great substitute. You can also use vegetable oil or canola oil, it just won't have the same flavor.
Aromatics, herbs, and spices. Add finely minced red onion, shallots, fresh ginger. fresh cilantro, minced mint leaves, ground cumin
How to Make Honey Lime Salad Dressing
Add all of the ingredients to a small bowl or a glass jar with a tight fitting lid.
Whisk or shake vigorously until the ingredients are completely incorporated.
You can also whizz it up in a blender or food processor.
Honey lime dressing pairs well with salad greens, savory fresh fruit salad, grain salad,
Store leftover dressing in an airtight container or mason jar in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Before using, let it sit at room temperature and give it a mighty shake.
This dressing is quite tangy. If you like more oil, go ahead and add it!
When refrigerated, the oil can congeal. Before using, let it come to room temperature and give it a vigorous whisk or shake.
Feel free to adjust the sweetness up or down to your liking.
Yes. This honey lime dressing is made without vinegar -- -the tangy lime juice is the acid. You can also use fresh lemon juice.
This honey lime vinaigrette is a simple mixture of lime juice, honey, Dijon, garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
The traditional formula for vinaigrette is usually 3:1 -- three parts oil to one part acid. For tangier vinaigrette, you can go as low as 2:1 or even 1:1.
Get the Stuff I Use
These 8 oz. mason jars with lids are the perfect size for one batch of dressing with plenty of headspace for shaking.
This OXO balloon whisk has a comfortable, sturdy handle, perfect for whisking up dressings, whipped cream, or egg whites.
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Honey Lime Dressing
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice 2-3 limes
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 clove minced garlic
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Place all of the dressing ingredients in a small bowl or jar. Whisk or shake in a sealed jar until completely combined.
- Serve immediately or store covered in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Shake or stir before serving.
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