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What You Should Know Before Substituting Dijon Mustard With Yellow
Yellow mustard is the most common mustard in many countries, but this condiment comes in a huge range of varieties, including Dijon-style. While you might be able to swap in Dijon for yellow mustard or vice-versa in some applications, they have a lot of differences that you should know about to help you make the best decision.
Yellow mustard gets its vibrant color from yellow mustard seeds and turmeric, and has added vinegar that gives it a quintessential kick. Dijon mustard, on the other hand, is made from brown or black mustard seeds and white wine, which gives it a little bit more depth and a stronger spicy bite than its yellow counterpart.
Which mustard to use often relies on your personal preference, but if your recipe uses mustard as an integral ingredient and calls for Dijon, you must use Dijon. For example, salad dressing recipes often call for Dijon, since its solid bits of mustard seed make it a good emulsifier, so using smooth yellow mustard just won’t cut it.