Poppy Seed Dressing


Poppy seed dressing is a slightly creamy vinaigrette that strikes the perfect balance between tangy and sweet flavors, with a delightful nutty crunch from the seeds. It pairs nicely with simple mixed greens or more elaborate salads featuring fruits and nuts—spinach, strawberries, and almonds being a classic combination. Granted, those pesky poppy seeds have a way of getting lodged between your teeth (especially as we get older—ah, the joys of aging!), but the delicious taste of this dressing is well worth it. The best part? Preparing your own poppy seed dressing is incredibly easy, and you likely already have the necessary ingredients in your pantry. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or just looking to liven up your weekday salads, this dressing is a must-have addition to your recipe box.

What You’ll Need To Make Poppy Seed Dressing

poppy seed dressing ingredients

Step-by-Step Instructions

In a medium bowl, combine the honey, mustard, vinegar, mayonnaise, salt, and pepper.

honey, mustard, vinegar, mayonnaise, salt, and pepper in bowl

Whisk to combine.

whisked honey, mustard, vinegar, mayonnaise, salt, and pepper in bowl

While whisking vigorously, slowly pour in the oil to create an emulsion; the dressing should be slightly thickened and emulsified when all the oil is added. If you see pools of oil forming on the top while you’re adding it, stop for a moment and whisk to emulsify before continuing.

whisking in the vegetable oil

Add the shallots and poppy seeds.

adding the shallots and poppy seeds

Stir to combine.

poppy seed dressing in bowl

Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary. Store the vinaigrette in a jar at room temperature for up to 4 days, or up to a week in the refrigerator. Shake to re-emulsify when ready to use.

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