Is Honey Mustard Vegan?

Many people know that May is non-vegan, but what about honey mustard?

Honey mustard is a common seasoning commonly used with chicken (nuggets, etc.). Clearly, we’re not eating chicken, but the product is fantastic, and it would go well with a vegan-friendly mock chicken.

Is that vegan? Furthermore, honey mustard is not known to be vegan. As the name suggests, it is a mixture of honey and mustard, typically combined in a 1:1 ratio. Due to the fact that honey is widely considered non-vegan, any condiment containing the ingredient is omitted.

There are, nevertheless, vegan “honey mustard” premium products, which we will discuss below.

Folks who ask that question are generally unfamiliar to the topic of plant-based diets and are not yet really sure what a vegan diet requires and omits.

So, what we’re going to do here is get into the different reasons that most vegans find honey to be off-limits.

Afterward, we’re going to get into the different options of honey mustard that you have as a vegan. Don’t fret; you don’t have to abandon this wonderful condiment.

Why Honey Mustard Is Considered Non-Vegan

Earlier, I said “most” vegans since I’ve met a couple of vegans in my time (including those who eat plants for moral reasons), which have not intentionally avoided the use of sweet nectar.

However, unlike some products that are controversial but not legally considered non-vegan, there is a fairly large consensus in the world that honey is not appropriate for vegan consumption.

And, indeed, this ingredient is considered by PETA to be non-vegan. Not that the group has the final word or anything, but I note its status as another example of a society-wide sent product.

Why isn’t it vegan? Honey is extracted from honeybees, including wild or domesticated.

On average, beehives produce about 65 pounds (or 29 kg) of honey each year.

And, first, honey is stolen. Bees make honey for themselves, not for us.

Furthermore, the harvesting typically involves a variety of activities that are deemed most inhumane.

For one thing, beekeepers make extensive use of smokers for the reason of pacifying bees. This makes sense. However, who’s going to be stung a million times. I saw the 911 episodes of Rescue involving bee stings.

The smoke is efficient in pacifying the bees as it activates a feeding impulse that makes the bees less aggressive and also helps to mask the need for pheromones to communicate with the bees.

Although it is less common, harvesting used to be carried out without the use of disposable frames, making it possible for bee colonies to be destroyed in order to harvest honey.

The harvester will sequester all usable honey, starving the hive, and replace the entire colony the following year.

Again, the introduction of retractable frames has reduced the occurrence of this unfortunate practice.

Such cruel activities include snipping off the wings of the queen bee, which prohibits her from leaving the colony.

The queen bee is then impregnated artificially. The queen bee is sometimes artificially inseminated as livestock in factory farms.

Often, beekeepers have to transfer the queen bee to another colony. To do this, they will transfer the queen with several bodyguards who will be killed in the new colony.

Note that if the collection process were fully human, there is a good chance that honey would still be considered non-vegan— at least by most standards — given that any food requiring the direct exploitation of animals should be out of bounds.

Where to Get Vegan-Friendly Honey Mustard

There are two options: one is to make your own that is extremely easy, the other is to buy a specialty product.

The DIY Option

I’m not claiming that the flavor would be the same, but I’ve made my own — and so many other vegans — and it’s a very near substitution.

There’s another slightly sweet nectar coming from the plants. You’ve likely heard of it, it’s called the nectar of agave. Unlike honey, it has high water content, and it’s soft and slippery. Once, not quite the same thing, but near.

It’s pretty nice stuff, and it is even more fruity than honey. So, you’re going to want to add that little agave at a time (to the mustard) until you have the taste perfect.

Follow Your Heart Vegan Honey Mustard Salad Dressing

If, in the long run, you’re like me and too tired to make your own, then this is a great option. I have a bottle of my own, and it’s very good.

Ingredients include:

  • Expeller-pressed Canola Oil
  • Filtered Water
  • Brown Rice Syrup
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Soy Protein
  • Sea Salt
  • Mustard Flour
  • Lemon Juice Concentrate
  • Vegan Honey Alternative (Brown Rice Syrup, Maple Syrup, Agave Nectar, Natural Flavors)
  • Prepared Mustard (Vinegar, Water, Mustard Seeds, Salt, Turmeric, Spices, Natural Flavors)
  • White Wine Vinegar
  • Organic Dijon Mustard (Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Water, Organic Mustard Seed, Salt, Organic Spices)
  • Onion
  • Whole Mustard Seeds
  • Xanthan Gum
  • Spices

Daiya Foods Inc Hon’Y Mustard Dressing

I haven’t experienced this one, but Daiya is bringing out better vegan alternatives.

Ingredients include:

  • Non-GMO Expeller Pressed Canola Oil
  • Filtered Water
  • Apple Juice Concentrate
  • Dijon Mustard (Water, Mustard Seeds, Apple Cider Vinegar, Sea Salt)
  • White Vinegar
  • Cane Sugar
  • Yellow Mustard (Water, Mustard Seeds, Apple Cider Vinegar, Sea Salt, Turmeric)
  • Sea Salt
  • Potato Starch
  • Potato Protein Isolate
  • Vegan Cultured Dextrose
  • Mustard Seeds
  • Mustard Flour
  • Lemon Juice Concentrate
  • Onion
  • Xanthan Gum
  • Vegan Natural Flavors
  • Spices

This is about the vegan status of the honey mustard.

Thank you so much for reading. You may also want to read the following related articles:


  1. Honey Mustard.
  2. Veganism As a Cultural Movement: A Relational Approach.
  3. What’s Wrong with Eating Honey?
  4. “How honey is made.” US National Honey Board. 2018. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  5. Follow Your Heart Dressing, Vegan Honey Mustard (12 Oz)
  6. Plant-based Hon’y Mustard Dressing: Daiya Foods, Deliciously Dairy-free.



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