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Homemade Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe

This homemade Poppy Seed Dressing is super easy to make but tastes like it took a labor of love. With a light sense of creaminess, a bit of sweetness, a mini bite from the vinegar, and loads of flavor, odds are you already have all of these ingredients!

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Ingredients

  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
Poppy seeds, pepper, dried onions, apple cider vinegar, oil, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, salt, and sugar.

Substitutions

  1. Oil: For a slightly richer flavor, you can use olive oil instead of vegetable oil. It will add a different depth to the dressing. Avocado oil is another healthy option that works well (and it’s my favorite oil to use!).
  2. Vinegar: A lighter alternative to apple cider vinegar with a milder taste is white wine vinegarRed wine vinegar adds a bit more tang and depth to the flavor.
  3. Mayonnaise: For a lighter, tangier version with added protein try using Greek yogurt. Sour cream provides a similar creamy texture with a bit more tang.
  4. Dijon Mustard: For a sweeter twist, use honey mustard.
  5. Sugar: Use honey in place of sugar for a natural sweetener.

Keep in mind that any modifications you make will alter the overall flavor of the salad. Adjustments to the ingredients can significantly impact the taste, so experiment with substitutions carefully.

Variations

  1. Citrus Poppy Seed Dressing: Add the zest and juice of one lemon or orange for a bright, citrusy twist.
  2. Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing without Mayo: For creaminess without mayonnaise, use Greek yogurt or a combination of yogurt and a small amount of buttermilk.
  3. Honey Poppy Seed Dressing: Substitute the sugar with honey and reduce the vinegar slightly to balance the sweetness.

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and whisk until well combined.
  2. Use immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. A Mason jar works great.
  3. Shake well before using.
Whisk in a glass bowl with ingredients making poppy seed dressing.

Tips for Adjustments

  • Consistency: If the dressing is too thick, add a bit of water or more vinegar to thin it out. If it’s too thin, add a bit more mayonnaise or yogurt.
  • Sweetness: Adjust the sweetness to your taste by adding more or less sugar, honey, or maple syrup.
  • Acidity: If you prefer a more tangy dressing, increase the amount of vinegar slightly.
Poppy seed dressing being poured over a green salad.
Pint size Mason jar filled with dressing.

Poppy Seed Dressing

This easy-to-make Poppy Seed Dressing offers a perfect balance of creaminess, sweetness, and a hint of tanginess, making it a versatile addition to salads and more.
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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 batch
Calories: 1.292kcal

Ingredients

  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and whisk until well combined.
  • Use immediately or store in an airtight container, in the fridge, for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

Do not freeze.

Nutrition

Calories: 1.292kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 135g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 78g | Monounsaturated Fat: 31g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 1.595mg | Potassium: 236mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 38IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 166mg | Iron: 2mg
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Tips

  • Do not freeze. It doesn’t thaw well after freezing.
  • Do not suggest using regular mustard in place of the Dijon. 
  • Make it a poppy seed vinaigrette by removing the mayonnaise.

Storage 

Store your Poppy Seed Dressing in an airtight container, such as a mason jar, in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Remember to shake it well before each use to keep the ingredients well mixed.

Pint size Mason jar filled with dressing.

Ways to Use Poppy Seed Dressing

This versatile dressing can be used in a variety of ways:

  • As a salad dressing: Perfect for green salads like a strawberry spinach salad or kale salad. It’s also delicious on fruit salads.
  • As a dip: Serve with fresh vegetables or fruit.
  • For a patriotic twist: Use this Poppy Seed Dressing as the “white” component in a Red, White, and Blue Salad. Combine fresh strawberries (red) and blueberries (blue) with a mix of greens, and drizzle the creamy Poppy Seed Dressing on top for a delicious and colorful dish.
Poppy seed dressing being poured over a salad made with Romaine lettuce, strawberries, blueberries, almond slices, feta cheese.

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