Homemade Honey Lime Dressing

Posted on Sep 4 2012 - 11:30pm by Susan Bewley


One of the things I love so much about the summer and fall seasons is that some of my most favorite vegetables are coming in season.  While I know quite a few people consider me nuts, I consider a healthy diet to consist of fresh fruits and vegetables. I have never been a fan of the prepackaged vegetarian meals since I put them in the same category as processed meats.  Sure, some of them may be good, but there is a lot of expensive garbage on the market as well.  While I may not be a vegetarian like Demelza, I do love filling most of our week with vegetarian recipes.

Over the years, I have accumulated quite a few easy vegetarian recipes for various meals. While I love making fancy meals and experimenting, I still enjoy a good, old fashion salad. Growing up, my family had salads at least once a week for dinner. While my brothers weren’t exactly ‘thrilled’ with vegetarian nights or when my mother experimented with her latest vegetarian recipe, I always enjoyed these nights.  I especially loved salad night, since my mother would buy a variety of fresh vegetables and fruits, and then top them a bit of homemade salad dressing.  My mother never purchased bottled dressing, something that was foreign to me when I visited friends.  I was also that crazy person who went out to a restaurant and put the pineapple juice from the salad bar on my salads since I thought all the dressing at the bar were truly disgusting.  Not only that, but they were filled with calories, making a yummy salad pretty much junk food.

One of the only commercial salad dressings I truly love is Chili’s lemon lime dressing. Determined that I could make this at home, I started experimenting.  After a bit of experimenting, I created what I believe to be one of the best salad and dressing combinations known to man, creating my own honey lime dressing.  I will admit, it is not a copy cat recipe, but its own, unique tasting dressing that is a mixture of spicy and sweet. Best of all, a little goes a long way, making it a fairly low calorie dressing! Even my husband, who normally only eats blue cheese dressing, loved this stuff!

What I like most about this recipe is that it is one of the most easy vegetarians meals I have made to date! This vegetarian safe recipe is a hit in my household and I believe it will be in yours as well.  Just as a fair warning, this may not be a kid safe recipe. Most children will likely think this recipe is a bit too spicy.  If you are wanting to make this a kid safe vegetarian recipe, however, I would recommend mixing some normal mustard with the spicy mustard, or putting in a bit more honey. While it may raise the calories a bit, it will make it a bit more healthy.

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Homemade Honey Lime Dressing
Homemade Honey Lime Dressing Recipe Yield: 1.5 cups (12 Servings) Prep: 15 mins
  • ½ Cup Spicy Brown Mustard My mustard was 5 calories a serving. Store brand is fine
  • ¼ Cup Honey
  • 2 Teaspoons Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 3 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 whole lime
  1. Measure the honey and mustard and mix them together well. Note: If you are using store bought honey, you may need to use a bit less. I use honey from a farm back home and it is thicker than store bought honey.
  2. Add the sugar, olive oil, and apple cider vinegar to the honey and mustard mixture. Mix very well until it is a thick but smooth texture.
  3. Cut open the lime and squeeze it over the dressing. I turn a spoon once inside each half to get a little bit of extra flesh and juice out of the lime. If you want a more lime flavor, add more of the flesh into the dressing.
  4. Mix the lime juice into the dressing and refrigerate for at half an hour before serving.

As is, this salad dressing recipe is about 76 calories for 2 tablespoons (the whole recipe was only 922 calories).  This homemade salad dressing recipe goes perfect with my caribbean salad.


Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

28 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Faith Young September 5, 2012 at 6:15 am - Reply

    this sounds very tasty! Can't wait to try it:)

  2. Melanie S September 5, 2012 at 10:16 am - Reply

    My husband would LOVE this.  Thanks!

  3. Jenn September 5, 2012 at 11:00 am - Reply

    Wow, this sounds so good – I will definitely have to try it!

  4. Sue Invegas September 5, 2012 at 11:56 am - Reply

    I have never tried a Honey LIme, This sounds really good, I will have to try it. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Angie September 5, 2012 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    Sounds wonderful! Thanks for another great recipie 🙂

  6. Alaina Bullock September 5, 2012 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    This sounds incredibly delicious!  I love all the recipes you post!  Thank you!

  7. Malia September 5, 2012 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    Sounds good..and simple!  I'll have to try it..thanks!

  8. MamaBreak September 5, 2012 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    This sounds fantastic! I hope it is easy to make because I am always looking for new recipes!

  9. Melinda Dunne September 6, 2012 at 8:20 am - Reply

    That sounds great! I love making my own dressing. 

  10. Tamara September 6, 2012 at 10:03 am - Reply

    This sounds great i will have to make some and try it out. I prefer homemade to store bought especialy when they sound this tasty

  11. Lori September 6, 2012 at 10:52 am - Reply

    I love making my own dressing. This one looks great! I've made a honey lime combo before, but I love how everyone does something a little different. I'll have to try this!

  12. LisaLisa September 6, 2012 at 11:05 am - Reply

    WOW, this sounds so good, I've never heard of Honey Lime Dressing!! Thanks for sharing this :0)

  13. Patty A September 6, 2012 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    I'm always looking for a yummy recipe. I will try this one out. 

  14. kewkew September 6, 2012 at 11:07 pm - Reply

    This sounds really good, but maybe I am missing it but it seems I am the only one who noticed that honey is not listed in the ingredients so I am not sure how much honey to add. I triple checked. Would love to know how much please.

    • Susan Bewley September 7, 2012 at 10:48 am - Reply

      Thank you! I don’t know how I missed putting the honey in since it is an important part of the recipe!

  15. Lauren Ivy Chiong September 7, 2012 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    Looks great!  Can't wait to try it out.

  16. MamaBreak September 7, 2012 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    Sounds amazing! thanks for sharing such delicious recipes with your readers!

  17. Candy Olivares September 10, 2012 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    Can't wait to try this out!! Sounds delish! 

  18. Natasha September 16, 2012 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    That dressing sounds soooo delicious

  19. Kat Meller September 18, 2012 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    I KNEW there was a reason I ordered a second Tupperware Shaker!  This looks really good.  I will be trying this one in the next few days ……. just have to get the lime.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Susan Bewley September 18, 2012 at 4:26 pm - Reply

      Hope you like it! I have used lime juice in the past but real limes really add to it 🙂

  20. Trice @ Crazy Texas Savings September 19, 2012 at 11:43 am - Reply

    I need to try this out I love salad dressings… mostly with Apple Cider Vinagar….

  21. Healy Harpster October 4, 2012 at 8:52 am - Reply

    We love honey and lime. This is a perfect dressing for us. Thank's for sharing the recipe:)

  22. Maria Iemma May 23, 2013 at 9:47 am - Reply

    I was looking for a dressing that I could use on fruit salad and this sounds perfect. I will try it this weekend and I am sure everyone will love it!  thanks.

  23. Tiffany R December 4, 2013 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    Never thought to put lime with honey mustard….sounds that it will give it a nice kick!

  24. T.E. Lawrence March 4, 2014 at 12:25 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing this. I’ve been looking for a fruity kind of dressing for a while now. French & ranch just don’t cut it for some salads!

  25. amy tolley October 7, 2015 at 10:25 am - Reply

    this dressing recipe sounds great ty for sharing was looking for something like this

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