A deliciously sweet Poppy Seed Dressing made with 6 pantry staples! Perfect for fruit and vegetable salads, this makes any side dish taste like dessert.

Homemade poppy seed dressing being poured onto a spinach salad.

Grab some strawberries, some spinach, and toss it up with the easiest salad dressing ever! Thanks to Poppy Seed Dressing, all of a sudden, life is sweeter. It’s old-fashioned, versatile, and better than any bottle at the store.

Recipe ingredients:

  • Oil: Use something neutral such as vegetable oil, light olive oil, vegetable oil, or grapeseed oil.
  • Red wine vinegar: Substitute white wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, or champagne vinegar if you prefer.
  • Sugar: Add sugar or your favorite sweetener to taste, or leave it out entirely.
  • Dried mustard: Ground mustard powder balances out the sweetness and adds another layer of flavor. If you don’t have it, use an equal amount of Dijon mustard instead.
  • Poppy seeds, salt.

Homemade poppy seed dressing ingredients in various bowls.

Instructions:

  • In a bowl with a whisk, or in a jar with a lid, add the vegetable oil, red wine vinegar, dried mustard, poppyseeds, sugar, and salt. If you’re making a salad right away, keep the dressing out at room temperature to let the flavors mingle while preparing the salad. (However, you can make it up to 4 days in advance.)
    A deliciously sweet Poppy Seed Dressing made with 6 pantry staples! Perfect for fruit and vegetable salads, this makes any side dish taste like dessert!

Recipe tips:

  • Yield: About 1 cup
  • Storage: Store the dressing covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Blender: For the smoothest, creamiest dressing possible, emulsify the dressing in a blender.

Delicious salad recipes:

Homemade poppy seed dressing being poured onto a spinach salad.

Poppy Seed Dressing

A deliciously sweet Poppy Seed Dressing made with 6 pantry staples! Perfect for fruit and vegetable salads, this makes any side dish taste like dessert.
4.99 from 51 votes
Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 2 mins
Servings 8 servings
Course Pantry
Cuisine American
Calories 145

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil or light olive oil (see note 1)
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar (see note 2)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar or less to taste (see note 3)
  • 1 teaspoon dried mustard (see note 4)
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • Salt

Instructions 

  • In a small bowl with a whisk, or in a jar with a tight-fitting lid, add the vegetable oil, red wine vinegar, sugar, dried mustard, poppy seeds, and salt to taste (I like 1 teaspoon).
  • Stir or shake to combine. Allow the flavors to blend at room temperature while preparing the salad.

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Notes

  1. Oil: Use something neutral such as vegetable oil, light olive oil, vegetable oil, or grapeseed oil.
  2. Red wine vinegar: Substitute white wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, or champagne vinegar if you prefer.
  3. Sugar: Add sugar or your favorite sweetener to taste, or leave it out entirely.
  4. Dried mustard: Ground mustard powder balances out the sweetness and adds another layer of flavor. If you don’t have it, use an equal amount of Dijon mustard instead.
  5. Yield: About 1 cup
  6. Storage: Store the dressing covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  7. Blender: For the smoothest, creamiest dressing possible, emulsify the dressing in a blender.

Nutrition

Serving: 2tablespoonsCalories: 145kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 1gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 11gSodium: 1mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gCalcium: 5mgIron: 1mg
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  1. Tasty dressing. Since we eat an Anti-inflammatory diet I substituted a few things. Honey 1/3 cup in place of sugar; light EVOO replaced veg oil. Poured it on shredded cabbage, shaved Brussels sprouts, and shredded broccoli. Added a grated Granny Smith apple, some cranberries and raw pumpkin seeds. Not too sweet. Will make this again. Thank you5 stars

    1. Hi Glenda, I would suggest black sesame seeds as a possible substitute. Enjoy – Meggan

  2. This is seriously delicious! It is so easy to make. It’s become my go-to dressing. Thank you for sharing!5 stars

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