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!
Enjoy this salad dressing on a juicy, healthy Strawberry and Spinach Salad, along with a homemade Rotisserie Chicken for just about the best lunch ever. Then use any extra seeds to make Lemon Poppyseed Muffins.
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.
Made as-is, this Poppyseed Dressing recipe is naturally vegan, unless you sweeten it with honey. And if you’re looking for low-sugar salad dressings, there are some really great reader-tested alternatives for you down below.
Making Poppyseed Dressing for a potluck? Make a big batch and dress the salad once you get to the party. Click and slide the number next to “servings” on the recipe card below to adjust the ingredients to match how many you’re feeding—the recipe does the math for you, it’s that easy.
Poppy Seed Salad Dressing ingredients:
- Red wine vinegar. Alternatively, use balsamic, champagne vinegar, or white balsamic if you have it.
- Oil. Light olive oil, vegetable oil, or grapeseed oil are all good choices. Find a neutral oil that you don’t mind having in your pantry.
- Poppy seeds.
- Dried mustard.
How to make Poppyseed Dressing:
Once you gather your six pantry ingredients, then it’s a flick of the whisk or a shake of the jar away.
- Mix together the vegetable oil, red wine vinegar, dried mustard, poppyseeds, sugar, and salt. Some cooks prefer to emulsify the vinegar and oil up in a bullet or blender for a creamier end result—it’s up to you.
- 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.)
Help! I don’t have any mustard powder!
Ground mustard powder balances out the sweetness a little bit and gives another layer of flavor to the dressing. If you don’t have it, that’s okay! Use an equal amount of dijon mustard in place of mustard powder.
Healthy Poppyseed dressing:
This dressing definitely contains sugar. But if you’re watching your sugar intake, you can still enjoy a low-sugar, no-sugar version of poppyseed dressing by experimenting with a natural sweetener, such as:
- Maple syrup
- Pineapple juice
- Monk fruit
- Swerve, a natural sugar replacement that Keto enthusiasts love.
How long does Poppyseed Dressing keep?
According to research, about 4 days. However, the ingredients are all shelf-stable, pantry ingredients that on their own would last months. Use your best judgement, and by all means, eat more salad!
Are Poppy seeds good for you?
Poppy seeds have amazing benefits! Not only are they delightfully crunchy and loaded with fiber, poppy seeds are high in calcium, zinc, magnesium, and phosphorus, which builds strong bones and provide heart, digestive, and immune support. They’re also a good source of B vitamins.
Are poppy seeds bad for you?
Eaten in amounts that are normally found in muffins, cakes, and sprinkled on a bagel, poppyseeds are safe to eat. Some people have allergies to poppyseeds, but this isn’t common.
Central European and Balkan recipes all use generous amounts of poppyseed paste in their delicious pastries, made from sugar and ground seeds. The paste is nutty, sweet, and irresistible—much like this salad dressing.
Because the outside of the seeds can contain trace amounts of morphine, when eaten in much larger amounts, poppy seeds can possibly make a person get a false positive on a drug test. Mind you, it wouldn’t register as high as someone who actually had opiates in their system.
To counteract this, most poppyseeds are rinsed thoroughly before they’re packaged and sold commercially. Using poppyseeds in a salad dressing, in cakes and muffins, or scattered across your bagel is a delicious way to enjoy them safely.
Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil or light olive oil
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
- 1 teaspoon dried mustard
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 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.