An easy to make POPPY SEED DRESSING is all you need for that lustrous, tangy, sweet, and nutty glaze on your next salad bowl. A drizzle of this outstanding mixture on any food would make you feel like you’re in a fancy restaurant in the comfort of your own kitchen.
As most kids would tell you, a plain bowl of salad is just BLAH. That’s why I love making salad dressings because it turns any blah food into a hoot! I like this poppy seed dressing recipe in particular because it gives a sweet and nutty flavor while still preserving the natural taste of the dish.
Although this dressing is really simple to make (like reeeeally simple…), it’s often found served in fancy restaurants around the world. But you could also find a ready-made version of this in the grocery stores. However, I would advise you to skip the store-bought bottles and make your own. Coz nothing beats simple yet fancy homemade salad dressings!
Are Poppy Seeds Good For You?
Poppy seeds have been around for so long, it goes as far back as ancient history. The poppy flower was used for medicinal purposes and the seeds for culinary applications. Today poppy seeds are often used for different dishes around the world.
Poppyseed dishes might not be the best choice if you have an upcoming drug test because the seeds and other parts of the plant could still carry opium alkaloids that might give you a false-positive result. The good news is that the results will be different from an actual opioid users’ findings.
Although the sale of the seeds is banned in some parts of the world, it actually has plenty of health benefits. Poppy seeds are rich in thiamine and folate and some minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, and phosphorous to name a few.
Ingredients for the Poppy Seed Dressing
Since we are going to make a silky and creamy poppy seed dressing, we will use mostly wet ingredients for this recipe. And don’t worry, all you need to have are 8 (6 if you don’t count oil and salt) simple ingredients to whip up something as fancy as this.
Olive Oil – this makes the whole mixture silky so you could easily spread it around. It’s also one of the sources of the earthy-toned down flavor for our dressing.
Apple Cider Vinegar – is the main agent for the volume of our dressing. It has a slight acidic flavor that we could adjust with our next ingredient.
Lemon Juice – has a natural acidic flavor that adjusts the overall taste of the dressing. It gives a tangy fruity kick for the mixture and the dish as a whole.
Honey – since the first two ingredients won’t naturally mix together, we need an emulsifier (emulsion). Honey is one great emulsifier and has a naturally healthy and fruity sweetness.
Greek Yogurt – another emulsifying agent is the Greek yogurt. It gives off a plain taste with a slightly sour flavor. This ingredient is also used in a variety of sauces around the world.
Mayonnaise – to balance it all out, mayonnaise is added as a binder for all the ingredients. I recommend skipping the grocery bottles and also make your own Homemade Mayonnaise HERE.
Salt – add a few pinches of salt to adjust to your taste
Poppy Seeds – the ingredient of the hour! This is what makes our dressing different from other dressings with its sweet and nutty flavor.
Salads To Pair with This Dressing
Now that you’ve made your dressing, you can apply this in any of these scrumptious salads below.
Other Homemade Salad Dressings
Skip the industrialized bottles of dressings and make your own. Isn’t it surprising how easy it is to make these mixtures? Here are some other dressings you can do on your own with just about 5 minutes of your time.
- Caesar Salad Dressing
- Thousand Island Dressing
- How to Make Honey Mustard Dressing
- Homemade Ranch Dressing
How to Make Poppy Seed Dressing
Add olive oil, yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, honey, salt, and poppyseeds. Whisk until thoroughly mixed. Alternatively, add ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake well. Let it rest in the fridge for at least an hour or until ready to use.
Poppy Seed Dressing
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- juice of ½ lemon , (about 1 tablespoon)
- ½ tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2- 2 ½ teaspoons poppyseeds
- Add olive oil, yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, honey, salt, and poppyseeds. Whisk until thoroughly mixed.
- Alternatively, add ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake well. Let it rest in the fridge for at least an hour or until ready to use.
Tips & Notes:
- You can use maple syrup or sugar instead of honey.
- Other substitutes for olive oil would be grapeseed oil and vegetable oil or other neutral-tasting vegetable oil.
- This dressing will separate as it sits. So shake it well before using it.
- Keep this in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.