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Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing

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!

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.

Homemade poppy seed dressing with strawberry salad

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Get ready to treat your taste buds to a creamy and nutty delight with homemade poppy seed dressing! This dressing is all about that perfect balance, mixing ingredients like mayo, honey, vinegar, and, of course, those tiny poppy seeds to give your salads a unique and exciting flavor.

Poppy seed dressing ingredients

There are only 5 ingredients in this simple recipe, and it only takes 5 minutes to make!

We’ve made our own salad dressings for years because of the kids’ allergies, but we quickly found that we prefer the taste so much more! Plus there’s no preservatives or unwanted ingredients.

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.

homemade poppy seed dressing in glass pourer

How to store homemade poppy seed dressing

Generally, homemade poppy seed salad dressing can last for about 2 weeks when stored properly in the refrigerator. Make sure to use an air-tight container.

Store this delicious homemade dressing in any type of container, from plastic to glass. If you have kids and want to control how much they pour, I like these pour toppers that go on top of mason jars.

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. Some salads that commonly feature poppy seed dressing include:

  1. Spinach and Strawberry Salad: The combination of fresh spinach leaves, juicy strawberries, sliced almonds, and crumbled feta cheese, drizzled with poppy seed dressing, creates a delightful balance of sweet, tangy, and nutty flavors.
  2. Citrus Salad: A refreshing blend of mixed greens, segmented oranges or grapefruits, avocado slices, red onions, and poppy seed dressing, this salad offers a vibrant and zesty experience with a pleasant crunch.
  3. Chicken or Turkey Salad: Combining grilled or roasted chicken or turkey, mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, and poppy seed dressing creates a satisfying salad with a delightful combination of flavors and textures.
  4. Broccoli Salad: A classic side dish featuring fresh broccoli florets, crispy bacon, chopped red onions, dried cranberries or raisins, and a creamy poppy seed dressing. It’s a perfect balance of sweet and savory elements.
  5. Apple Walnut Salad: Crisp apple slices, toasted walnuts, mixed greens, crumbled blue cheese, and poppy seed dressing come together in this salad, offering a harmonious blend of sweet, nutty, and tangy flavors.

These are just a few examples, but poppy seed dressing can be enjoyed on a wide variety of salads, allowing you to explore different combinations and create your own favorite combinations based on your preferences.

closeup of poppy seed dressing in glass pourer

More made-from-scratch recipes

Making your own recipes at home not only saves you money, but they usually taste a lot better than store-bought!

Try some of our other from-scratch recipes like brownies and whole wheat freezer waffles.

You may also enjoy our many homemade spice mixes, like everything bagel seasoning, which also uses poppy seeds.

Printable recipe for poppy seed dressing

Yield: 6 servings

Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing

homemade poppy seed dressing in open glass jar

Homemade poppy seed dressing is a delightful balance of creamy and nutty flavors that enhances salads with its unique taste.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 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


  1. In a bowl, jar or salad dressing shaker, mix all ingredients with a wire whisk.
  2. Store in refrigerator.


Serving size is 2 Tablespoons.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 221Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 263mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 8gProtein: 0g
5 ingredient poppy seed dressing in glass pourer with bowl of salad
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