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Chardonnay, Whole Grain Mustard & Honey Salad Dressing with Poppy Seeds

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honey mustard salad dressing


After indulging a bit too much, you know, all that yummy Game Day Grub and stuff! 😉 , the hubs and I both felt that it was time to have a few salads to balance us out! 😀

Tom had just enough of his favorite salad dressing left, (my homemade Creamy French), but I wanted and needed something different.

Shocker. I know.

(I get bored. What can I say?)

So I set out to the kitchen to create a new one.

I LOVE to scour through my fridge and cupboards, pulling everything out that I could possibly want in a new recipe! Taking off lids, and smelling ingredients side by side by side….that’s the only way that I know how to do it.

And for some things, I actually get a small spoon or pinky finger-ful of a couple of ingredients to taste just to make sure that they are all going to play NICE together. No one likes a bully that spoils the whole batch. 😉

I played my cards well, and these ingredients came together like ROCK STARS.


I had to put the lid on, after multiple “confidence building taste tests”, (just to make sure it really tasted ok….ya know. 😉 ) And DANG if I didn’t come up with a new favorite.


(Most of the ingredients! *Not pictured: onions and sugars.)


honey mustard dressing ingrdnts


I have made several “ok” honey-mustard salad dressings in the past ranging from super creamy to semi-creamy, opaque and semi-transparant, to simply and purely vinaigrette-style. None were bad mind you….

….but this one is by far my favorite of all!


(Dump everything but the poppy seeds and oil into the blender!)


honey mustard dressing in blender


We had crisp, iceberg lettuce, “last of the garden” tomatoes, cukes, sweet onion, lean-from-the-deli roast beef and roast turkey, havarti and sharp cheddar, and hard-boiled eggs for the hubs, (and a small sprinkle of black olives for me!), for our salads!


(Blend until smooth, add poppy seeds, and stream in oil while blender is running! 
Use a “drop cloth” if you’re messy like me! 😉 )


honey mustard dressing blended


This newest salad dressing dressed my salad like it was going to the Oscars! Not kidding. It really was that good! 

After chilling out in the fridge, it gets thicker, as all homemade dressings do, so this one would also be an incredibly delicious dip, too! Deep fried chicken fingers, catfish, oysters, meatballs, or even “steak fingers” would LOVE to go skinny dippin’ into this pool!! 😉


honey mustard dressing overhead


Though I personally rate this as quite a VERY nice dressing that you would expect to receive at a nice restaurant, it uses everyday pantry ingredients and is as easy as easy gets to make so that you can quickly and effortlessly make this for your family or company with no fuss or great expense at all, yet tastes like a million bucks!


honey mustard salad dressing


Salad dressings and dips are so easy to make, and this one I think (and hope!) will be a very welcome guest at your next dinner party or family table soon! Enjoy!! 😀



Chardonnay, Honey & Whole Grain Mustard Salad Dressing with Poppy Seeds

Chardonnay, Honey & Whole Grain Mustard Salad Dressing with Poppy Seeds


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup coarse chopped onion
  • 2 Tbl. sugar
  • 1/2 Tbl. dark brown sugar
  • 2 Tbl. honey, (I used Sue Bee's Orange Blossom)
  • 2 Tbl. + 1 tsp. whole grain dijon mustard, (I used Maille's Old Style)
  • 1 Tbl. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 Tbl. chardonnay
  • 1/8 tsp. dried marjoram
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. coarse ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbl. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp. poppy seeds


  • Add ingredients into a blender except oil and poppy seeds. Place on lid and blend until smooth.
  • Remove center of lid, add the poppy seeds, and with blender on, stream in oil.
  • Place into airtight container and chill.
  • Store refrigerated. (Can sit out a little while before serving.)


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