Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing

12 servings
5 min

Our homemade poppy seed dressing recipe is so simple and takes just 5 minutes to make. You'll love the flavor of poppy seed dressing from scratch!

homemade poppy seed dressing in glass pourer

Making your own homemade dressings saves money and gives you control over the ingredients. In addition to this recipe for poppy seed dressing, we love our homemade balsamic vinaigrette and honey mustard vinaigrette.

Like those, poppy seed dressing is vinegar-based, though this time it's an apple cider vinegar salad dressing. This homemade poppy seed dressing is also dairy-free.

bowl of poppy seeds

What are poppy seeds?

The seeds come from the opium poppy plant. You might have seen them in baked goods or used as a fancy garnish, but there's more to them than meets the eye.

Poppy seeds have a cool nutty flavor and a satisfying crunch that adds some oomph to dishes, especially when it comes to making that lip-smacking poppy seed dressing we all love.

spinach salad with feta and poppy seed dressing

How to use poppy seed dressing

Poppy seed dressing pairs well with a variety of salads, adding a burst of flavor and texture. It's especially delicious on a spinach salad.

closeup of poppy seed dressing in glass pourer

Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing
Recipe details
  • 12  servings
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 0 Minutes Total time: 5 min
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  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 1/2 Tablespoons sugar (or 2 Tablespoons honey)
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

In a bowl, mix all ingredients with a wire whisk. Alternatively, combine in a salad dressing shaker.
Store in refrigerator.
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