By: Greg Brian
Making salad dressing has likely been a part of your dinner-making life for decades. After so many years, though, the taste of dressing can become a little too routine. It can even get to a point where the taste becomes somewhat boring.
Why not liven it up with some new flavorings? Adding honey to dressing is a standard with many people.
Let’s look at a few honey salad dressings and how to make it taste like something you’ve never tasted before.
Honey Dressing with Lemon
A major favorite with many is honey-lemon salad dressings. Combining the taste of lemon with honey really does provide a unique flavor that spices up any dull salad.
To make this, you’ll need both a small amount of lemon juice and lemon zest to mix with the honey. Use at least a tablespoon of the lemon juice and one teaspoon of the zest.
Place both in a mixing bowl, then add one tablespoon of honey. Mix all together in olive oil, then refrigerate.
You’re ready to go, though many people often add a dash of salt and pepper to spice up the taste. Many people consider this honey-lemon dressing overly sweet, so experiment a bit on what you might add or take away.
If you’re making a fruit salad, this tangy and sweet salad dressing recipe is a great choice. You’re going to need balsamic vinegar here to add the kick the recipe needs.
Mix together light olive oil with the vinegar. Add in a tablespoon or two of honey, then stir together. Do a little experimenting on how much honey you want to use to adjust the sweetness level.
Some people use light olive oil to help the taste of the honey-vinegar combination stand out better. While this dressing is a little tangier, the more honey you add, the sweeter it becomes.
The type of olive oil you can use here is also very optional.
Another interesting honey salad dressing recipe is one utilizing mustard. A unique ingredient you can also use in this to add to the flavor is putting in Greek yogurt.
Mix some Dijon mustard with honey first, then add a touch of the yogurt as a replacement for mayonnaise or sour cream.
This might sound like a strange recipe, but it comes from Costa Rica and used there in some restaurants. A unique recipe to be sure, with the honey helping to balance the taste and texture.
Many people also use this recipe as a dip for fruits and vegetables.
Blue Cheese Dressing with Honey
In our blog about mixing honey with cheese, we mentioned that adding a dab of honey to Blue Cheese is a stellar combination. You should try the same in making a Blue Cheese salad dressing.
Most recipes utilizing this require at least one tablespoon of honey. Other ingredients are always up to you, but this often adds sour cream, lemon juice, black pepper, and sea salt as just as a few.
No doubt you’ve had regular Blue Cheese dressing for years on your salad. Adding honey will make you want to serve it to your guests on a regular basis.
Honey-Garlic Salad Dressing
The combination of honey and garlic might not sound immediately appealing either. Yet, it really works when you add in a little vinegar with olive oil.
One key thing to remember about this recipe is you should let it sit for a while after mixing. Doing so allows the honey to dissolve and blend with the other ingredients.
If you need raw honey for these recipes, Artie’s Harvest has you covered, either buying in bottles or in giant buckets.