This Poppyseed Dressing is fresh, creamy, and so quick to make. It can be served over greens, fruit salads, pasta salads, and more!
- Mayonnaise – a rich and creamy base for the dressing. I like to use an olive oil based mayo but you can lighten it up even more by using plain Greek yogurt and an extra tablespoon or two of olive oil.
- Apple Cider Vinegar – adds a tart, tangy flavor to cut the richness of the mayo.
- Olive Oil – rounds out the tang of the ACV with a warm nuttiness.
- Granulated Sugar – add a subtle sweetness that makes this dressing perfect for savory and sweet alike.
- Poppy Seeds – give the dressing texture and add a nutty almost fruity flavor.
- Dijon Mustard – gives the sweet and creamy dressing a little bit of spice.
- Salt, Onion Powder, and Garlic Powder – a simple seasoning trio that finish out the flavors in this delicious dressing.
How to make
Throwing together this poppyseed dressing is so easy and takes just 5 minutes!
- Place mayo, vinegar, olive oil, sugar, poppy seeds, dijon, salt, onion powder, and garlic powder into a sealable container.
- Shake until well-combined then serve and enjoy!
Is poppy seed dressing good for you?
The great thing about homemade dressings is that you control exactly what’s going into them.
Although I wouldn’t call this homemade poppyseed dressing the healthiest of all time, it’s much better for you than store-bought dressings are! It also does contain ingredients, like apple cider vinegar and poppyseeds, that provide health benefits and nutrients.
- Make it vegan. Use vegan sour cream instead to keep this dressing dairy free.
- Use another vinegar. Absolutely hate apple cider vinegar? Use red wine vinegar or white wine vinegar instead.
- Make lemon poppyseed dressing. Give your dressing a bright, citrus-y flavor twist by using lemon juice in place of the apple cider vinegar.
- Lighten it up. Use plain Greek yogurt and a couple tablespoons of olive oil instead of sour cream for a healthier, higher protein dressing.
How to serve poppyseed dressing
- Over salad. Try it on strawberry spinach salad, kale salad, roasted squash arugula salad, you name it.
- In fruit salad. Toss it with your favorite fruit salad to give it a little something extra.
- On toast. Drizzle it over a slice of avocado toast.
- In coleslaw. Use it in this coleslaw recipe in place of the sauce listed.
- Over pasta salad. Drizzle it over your favorite pasta salad for a delicious creamy and tangy flavor twist.
How to store
This poppyseed dressing will last for up to 1 week in the fridge.
To enjoy again, thin with a splash of water, if necessary.
Equipment for this recipe
- 3/4 cups mayo I like using an olive oil based mayo
- 1/4-1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Place mayo, vinegar, olive oil, sugar, poppy seeds, dijon, salt, onion powder, and garlic powder, into a sealable container (I like using a mason jar).
- Shake until well combined, taste and re-season, if necessary, then serve as desired, and enjoy!
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*Note: Nutrition information is estimated and varies based on products used.