This homemade Poppy Seed Dressing recipe is easy to make with simple ingredients, tastes better than store-bought, and is perfect for salads!
Strawberry Spinach Salad is one of the most popular salads and features poppy seed dressing. We love this homemade dressing recipe and use it all year long.
What You’ll Find In This Post About Making Poppy Seed Dressing
Ingredients Needed and Substitutions
One of the best things about this poppyseed dressing is that it uses simple, widely available ingredients.
- Mayonnaise: The mayonnaise makes the dressing creamy and helps bring it all together. We used Hellman’s mayonnaise. Although you can substitute it with Miracle Whip, keep in mind that it will alter the flavor.
- Sour cream: We also added sour cream for extra creaminess and tanginess.
- Half-n-half: The half-n-half helps thin the dressing while maintaining the creaminess. Feel free to use whole milk if you prefer.
- Sweetener: We sweetened this dressing with granulated sugar. You can also use brown sugar for a different flavor profile or a sugar alternative to make a sugar-free version.
- Acids: This recipe uses freshly squeezed lemon juice and apple cider vinegar. For the best results, you’ll want to use freshly squeezed lemon juice to make this vinaigrette. But in a pinch, you can substitute with bottled lemon juice.
- Poppy Seeds: Of course, the dressing needs poppy seeds which add color, flavor, and texture!
- Seasoning: We seasoned the dressing with onion powder, garlic powder, and ground mustard.
How To Make Poppy Seed Dressing
Since this dressing is so easy to make, you can prepare it at a moment’s notice. You can scale the recipe up or down depending on how many servings you need.
- Put all of the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and whisk until combined.
- Transfer the dressing to a small pitcher for serving and pouring. Store it in the refrigerator and stir before serving.
- If you want a thicker dressing to use as a fruit or veggie dip, place it in the refrigerator to thicken. You can also stir in a tablespoon of powdered ranch dressing mix to thicken it even more!
Store homemade poppy seed dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Since it only lasts a couple of days, you can cut the recipe in half or fourth if you only want to make enough for one or two salads.
Ways To Use
You can use this dressing for strawberry spinach salad, of course, but it can also be used as a dip. Both fruit and veggies are delicious when dipped in poppy seed dressing. Additionally, it is a great dressing for fruit salad or mango salsa.
Frequently Asked Questions About This Recipe
Use light mayo, light sour cream, and your favorite sugar alternative to lighten this recipe.
This creamy dressing tastes sweet and tangy with a hint of onion and lemon.
Homemade salad dressing needs to be properly stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. If it contains sour cream, buttermilk, eggs, or fresh ingredients such as minced onion, garlic, or herbs, it should be used within 2-3 days. Dressing made with mayonnaise or freshly squeezed citrus juice should be used within 3-4 days.
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- This yummy Peanut Sauce recipe is perfect for dipping veggies or drizzling on salads and wraps.
- Our Chipotle Ranch Dressing recipe is so good on both salads and wraps! We also use it as a dip for chicken tenders and french fries.
Poppy Seed Dressing
- Put all of the ingredients into a medium-sized bowl. Whisk until combined.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.