Substitute For Dijon Mustard In Salad Dressing

Substitute For Dijon Mustard In Salad Dressing

Dijon mustard is commonly used as an emulsifier in salad dressings and it has a tangy taste to it which makes the salad dressing so delicious. However, Dijon mustard is not a staple in many people’s refrigerators but that doesn’t mean you should skip the whole recipe and make something new. If you find a recipe that calls for Dijon mustard when you do not have it in your fridge you can simply use alternatives. The article below highlights some of the most common substitutes that you can use to substitute Dijon mustard when making a salad dressing. Most of the ingredients highlighted are things that you usually keep in your kitchen so these are easy substitutes.

Egg yolk

NB: this is an excellent substitute of Dijon mustard in salad dressing however, egg yolks do not have the taste of Dijon mustard so you can use this ingredient if you are not concerned about maintaining the distinct flavour of Dijon mustard.

Egg yolk can be used as a substitute for Dijon mustard in salad dressing because it works as a binding agent just like what Dijon mustard does when making salad dressings. The ingredients that are usually used to make salad dressing often separate and do not bind together that is why Dijon mustard is often used. The Dijon mustard helps to bind and emulsify all the ingredients and when you substitute it with the egg yolk it will do the same thing. However always remember that egg yolks taste nothing like Dijon mustard but they can be used to substitute it since they act as a binding agent. When using egg yolks it is important to separate the egg whites from the egg yolks and 1 egg yolk is equivalent to about 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard.

Mayonnaise

NB: is a good substitute because it has a tanginess to it and it also acts as an emulsifier just like Dijon mustard.

Substitute Dijon mustard in salad dressing with mayonnaise this is because it works as a good binding agent and also it has a tangy taste which is similar to the one found in Dijon mustard. Mayonnaise is rich in egg content that is why it is a good binding agent and also it contains vinegar as one of its ingredients that it why it has that tangy flavour. The tangy taste of mayonnaise is subtle such that it doesn’t overpower the whole salad.

Lecithin powder

NB: lecithin powder helps to bind and emulsify water and oil so it will work as a substitute for Dijon mustard but it doesn’t have the same taste as Dijon mustard.

Lecithin is a protein that is found in egg yolks so if you buy lecithin powder you will have bought a vegan friendly substitute for Dijon mustard in salad dressing. It has a number of health benefits for example it lowers cholesterol and improves one’s health. Lecithin powder helps to bind and emulsify ingredients in your salad dressing.

Whole grain mustard

Substitute Dijon mustard with whole grain mustard in salad dressing this is because it has the tangy flavour found in Dijon mustard furthermore it works as a binding agent and emulsifier in salad dressings. The differences between Dijon mustard and whole grain mustard is that whole grain mustard  has visible seeds to it  since it made using partially grounded seeds unlike Dijon mustard. So the next time you see whole grain mustard you can buy it and use it as a substitute for Dijon mustard when making a salad dressing it actually tastes delicious.

Worcestershire sauce

If you do not have Dijon mustard then you can opt for Worcestershire sauce as a substitute because it has a tanginess to it which is almost similar to the one found in Dijon sauce. Worcestershire sauce is not as thick as other types of mustard or mayonnaise but it works well when making salad dressing. It is a fermented type of a sauce that is made using a number of ingredients like vinegar, sugar, onion, anchovies, molasses and garlic. The ingredients used to make Worcestershire sauce give it that umami flavour that makes it great for making salad dressings and vinaigrettes.

Honey mustard

Honey mustard also acts as a substitute for Dijon mustard in salad dressing this is because it has emulsifying properties just like Dijon mustard. Honey mustard is sweeter as compared to Dijon mustard but it still works well as a substitute when making salad dressings it gives the salad a nice sweet flavour which is delicious.

Yellow mustard

When you do not have Dijon mustard in your kitchen substitute it with yellow mustard when making a salad dressing. This might sound odd since yellow mustard as a different taste as compared to the French Dijon mustard. It is sweeter and has a tart flavour to it.  However, yellow mustard is a great emulsifier just like Dijon mustard so it will work well when you are making a salad dressing. Yellow mustard has a bright colour as compared to Dijon mustard but it still works well as a substitute.

Conclusion

Making a salad dressing with Dijon mustard is pretty easy as it helps to bind ingredients like water and oil so that they do not separate. However, the challenge with Dijon mustard is that some people do not stock it in their houses so when they see a recipe which calls for Dijon mustard they usually skip it. However this should not be the case that is why the article has recommended substitutes for Dijon mustard that you can use. The first substitute that was highlighted is egg yolks and they are a great substitute because the help to bind the ingredients of the salad dressing together but the problem with using egg yolks is that they do not give out the same taste that you would find in Dijon mustard.  Mayonnaise can also be used to substitute Dijon mustard and it has a tangy flavour to it so it works well. The other substitutes that were highlighted include lecithin powder, whole grain mustard, yellow mustard, honey mustard and Worcestershire sauce.

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