Silky smooth with a bright lemony flavor, this creamy poppy seed dressing is a sensational way to top your summer salads, yet it only requires six easy ingredients. Once you start making it yourself, you'll never go back to store-bought salad dressings!
This versatile dressing is one of my favorites to keep on hand for spring and summer! Light, bright, and goes with anything from salads to fruit!
Serve it up on top of a Peach Prosciutto salad or slices of watermelon for a tasty, healthy treat.
Ingredients Needed For Poppy Seed Dressing
Pantry staple ingredients are all you need for this super simple dressing; which is why I LOVE it! Homemade salad dressings are so easy and a healthy alternative to store-bought so here's what you'll need...
- Olive oil: Choose a high-quality light olive oil that won't distract from the flavors in your salad.
- Honey: Add a little honey to this homemade salad dressing to make it as sweet as you'd like.
- Mustard: You'll need just a touch of mustard to emulsify the oil and lemon juice in this creamy homemade poppy seed dressing recipe.
- Poppy Seeds: Crunchy poppy seeds add texture and a delicious nutty flavor that tastes wonderful with fresh lemon juice.
- Salt: You'll need a pinch of salt to bring out all the flavors in this recipe.
- Lemon juice: Use real fresh lemons for a bright, sunshiny flavor in this healthy poppy seed dressing.
- In a mixing bowl, add all ingredients.
2. Using a whisk, begin to beat the mixture together and continue
whisking until the mixture turns opaque and thicker in consistency. This ensures that the dressing is emulsified and won't separate.
3. Pour the mixture into a glass jar and store in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Whether you want to try different flavor profiles or for dietary reasons need to swap some ingredients, here are some substitutes for the recipe...
- Feel free to use maple syrup or agave instead of honey.
- For the mustard, you can use either Dijon mustard or whole-grain mustard for a little extra bite.
- Instead of lemon juice, I often use apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar.
- Add shallots or a small amount of diced red onion for a mild onion flavor that tastes wonderful when paired with fresh fruit.
- No olive oil? You can use grapeseed oil, vegetable oil, or any other neutral-tasting oil in your own salad dressing.
- Use a mason jar. Instead of a bowl, add all of the ingredients to a jar and give it a good shake!
- Add balsamic. Instead of lemon juice, use white balsamic vinegar or even champagne vinegar for a true vinaigrette.
- Prefer a creamy dressing? Add a tablespoon or two of Greek yogurt or mayo.
Uses for poppy seed dressing
This creamy poppyseed salad dressing recipe shines with fresh fruits and tangy cheeses, like blue cheese, goat cheese, and more! Use it on your favorite strawberry spinach salad or any of these delicious homemade salads:
- Easy Prep Fall Fruit Salad
- Fall Apple Crunch Salad
- Peach Prosciutto Salad with Mozzarella
- Harvest Spinach Salad
- Crunchy Apple Salad with Gorgonzola and Walnuts
- Garlicky Kale Panzanella
This one is! Unfortunately, most store-bought salad dressings are not very healthy. They're loaded with oils, sugars, flavorings, and preservatives to keep them shelf stable for longer.
Fortunately, homemade poppy seed salad dressing is made with simple ingredients, and you can ensure that each one is up to your standards!
You'll just need six ingredients: olive oil, honey, mustard, poppyseed, salt, and lemon juice, and you can easily adjust each one to make it just right.
Making homemade dressings is a great way to make sure you're really eating a healthy salad and avoid the extra stuff they add to those bottles!
Most poppyseed vinaigrette from grocery stores or your favorite restaurants is very sweet since sweetness enhances the flavor of the poppyseed.
Since you're making your own creamy poppyseed dressing, you can easily adapt the sweetness to your own personal preference. I prefer to keep it slightly sweet and allow the flavors of the salad ingredients to shine through.
Start by using half of the raw honey called for in this creamy poppy seed dressing recipe, taste it, then add more if desired.
The answer depends on the recipe you're following! Many conventional poppyseed dressings are made with corn syrup as the sweetener, which is vegan even if it's not very healthy.
If you make your own poppy seed vinaigrette at home, you can choose which sweetener you use. I prefer to use honey for sweetness, but to make vegan poppy seed dressing, use maple syrup or agave syrup.
How to Store Poppy Seed Dressing
The best way to keep your delicious dressing fresh is to store it in an airtight container, like a mason jar, in the fridge for up to 5 days. If you use vinegar instead of fresh lemon juice, it will last up to two weeks.
As the oil cools down, you may find that it firms up and becomes thick. Let the dressing sit at room temperature for about an hour before serving, and shake the jar to reintegrate the oil with the other ingredients.
5- Minute Creamy Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing
- 1 mixing bowl
- 1 whisk
- 1 glass storage jar
- ½ cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon mustard
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- pinch of salt
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- In a mixing bowl add all ingredients
- Using a whisk, begin to beat the mixture together and continue
- whisking until the mixture turns opaque and thicker in consistency. This ensures that the dressing is emulsified and won't separate.
- Pour the mixture into a glass jar and store in the fridge for up to 5 days.