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It’s nature’s greatest sweet nectar. 

Briana Riddock
December 18, 2017

Honey has been utilized for centuries as a natural sweetener in both sweet and savory dishes, and the potential uses for this golden nectar are truly limitless. Here are just a handful of our favorite ways to incorporate honey into everyday dishes.     

1. Roasted Beet-and-Citrus Salad with Honey-Orange Vinaigrette

Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Lydia Pursell; Food Styling: Tami Hardeman

Honey mellows out the sharp acidic bite of the vinegar in this versatile salad dressing used to coat roasted beets. We highly suggest making a double batch of the tasty vinaigrette and tossing it into a big leafy green salad on mixed it into a grain bowl. You can easily switch up the flavor of the dressing by experimenting with different types of vinegars.

2. Honey-Sriracha Wings

Briana Riddock 

The mix of sweet and spicy on a crispy baked chicken wing (with a quarter of the fat of a traditional deep-fried wing) is game day heaven. The sauce in this recipe consists of a combination of honey and Sriracha that clings to each wing for a perfectly saucy bite. This recipe includes a nifty hack of tossing the wings in baking powder prior to cooking, which helps them to form a super crispy crunch when baked.   

3. Rum and Honey-Roasted Cayenne-Cumin Carrots

Dylan + Jeni

A fantastic (not to mention, elegant) way to enjoy carrots is to roast them whole. In this simple side dish, honey acts as a glaze to bring out the natural sweetness of this favorite root veggie. This robust sweetness pairs well with the savory heat contributed by cumin and cayenne pepper. The dish is deliciously rounded out with a salty kick from feta cheese. 

4. Chicken with Honey-Lemon Leeks  

This chicken recipe utilizes the versatility of the Instant Pot to cook tender chicken thighs in under 15 minutes. And a simple sauce using caramelized leeks, honey, and lemon juice makes for a mouthwatering coating on the chicken. Honey compliments the savory browned leeks with a subtle sweetness, while the brightness of fresh lemon juice brings just the right balance to the sauce. 

5. Yogurt, Honey and Walnut Parfaits

Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Emma Star Jensen

Parfaits are one of the few sweet treats that can be enjoyed for breakfast and at the end of a meal for dessert. Thick and tangy Greek-style yogurt is layered between clusters of buttery phyllo pastry and walnuts for a delightful contrast of flavors and texture. Honey drizzled over the clusters delivers just enough sweetness to make this treat feel indulgent.    

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6. Lemon-Cardamom Infused Honey

Photography: Jennifer Causey; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer.

If you’ve never sweetened your coffee with honey, now is the time to start—especially if you’re using this infused version. Here, cardamom contributes a floral, woodsy, and citrusy flavor that partners extremely well with honey and lemon zest. This honey would also be a wonderful sweetener for a hot cup of white or green tea, as well as a fabulous topper for yogurt.   

7. Roasted Figs with Goat Cheese, Honey and Pepper

Photo: Romulo Yanes; Styling: Megan Hedgpeth

Take advantage of fresh figs to make the ideal appetizer for any holiday dinner: Figs stuffed with tangy goat cheese and roasted until bubbly and delightful. The honey and oil creates a yummy coating for the figs and also doubles as an addictive dip for toasted bread slices. 

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