A restaurant near me serves a cold 'crab salad'... just plain unseasoned chilled jumbo chunks of pasteurized crabmeat on a lettuce leaf. Accompanying it is a dipping sauce/salad dressing which they call "Honey Dijon Dressing".
The sauce/dressing is creamy in texture and a blondish to cream in color. There are visible flecks of golden-brown throughout (like processed mustard seeds).
Unlike most "honey mustard" dressings/sauces I've tasted it is not sweet, just mellow in taste, and it isn't the sticky consistency that many honey mustard sauces have. Just a mild, creamy dressing with a kick of Dijon.
Whenever I go there I try to ask random workers there what is in the sauce, but they refuse to say anything except the name "Honey Dijon Dressing". It is an expensive Italian place and the last time I went and asked about the ingredients, the host told me that he could tell me... then he'd have to kill me. So now I've resorted to going to the restaurant and ordering their dressing to go. The guys there don't have the heart to charge me for it, but I don't like having to go somewhere to get something I could probably easily make at home.
So now I'm bound and determined to recreate this dressing. Have gone online and searched for recipes but they don't sound quite right... (they sound like they have WAY too much honey).
Just to note... I use the dressing as a salad dressing, or when I make shrimp cocktail it is a secondary sauce to the traditional red cocktail sauce. (In fact the two taste great mixed together!) I have also found the exact jumbo crab chunks that the restaurant uses at my local lobster farm shop, so I recreate their salad at home. And finally, the sauce is great served alongside crabcakes.
So, my fellow CH home cooks... any ideas on a basic Honey Dijon dressing that might work? One of the workers there told me that the bottled dressing closest in taste to the restaurants' is Ken's Honey Mustard Dressing, but my grocery doesn't carry that particular variety of Ken's.