honey habanero salad dressing

I made this dressing a couple of weeks ago & I keep forgetting to post it, so here it is in all its glory. I had to share it because it pretty darn good. I love hot food & salads as some may have guessed, so a fiery salad dressing sounded pretty fabulous. I’m guessing if you’ve clicked on the link to this post, you probably like hot food too so a lone hot pepper isn’t going to scare you.


Habanero peppers for those that don’t know hot chili peppers (the edible kind, not the band), can be mind-numbingly hot. I started with half of one of these unassuming looking little guys & tasted the dressing. Not bad, not bad but it’s habanero dressing so it needs to be hot…right? So I added the other half. It had some heat but it wasn’t near as hot as I thought it would be. A habanero pepper was once considered the hottest pepper on the planet at 80,000 to 600,000 Scoville units. That leaves a broad range in the middle. I think the peppers I had must have been at the lower end of the scale. If you’re unsure, start with half a pepper & work your way up like I did. Or you can be brave & just jump in with both feet. That’s usually how I approach most things in life. Including cooking.

dressing in bottle

I first made the dressing to have with a simple garden salad & some roasted turkey for lunch one day. It’s makes about 3/4 of a cup so I had lots leftover. The following night I made coleslaw & used the honey habanero dressing in place of regular slaw dressing. Again, fabulous. It was also really good drizzled over a couple of hard boiled eggs. So I used it to make egg salad for sandwiches. Impressive & sure got the boring old egg salad sandwich all fired up. 

salad & dressing

 I dare you to try this & let me know what you think. 

honey habanero salad dressing
Yields 3
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
  1. 1/2 cup olive oil
  2. 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
  3. 3 tablespoons honey
  4. 2 tablespoons mayo (homemade if available)
  5. 2 teaspoons Dijon or honey habanera mustard
  6. 1 habanera chili, trimmed & halved
  7. 1 garlic clove
  8. pinch of salt & pepper
  1. Place all ingredients in a blending container for a hand blender or in a tall bowl. Blend until completely smooth. Or use a stand blender. Taste & adjust seasoning.
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