Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing

Bring sweet and tangy together with this recipe for Poppy Seed Dressing. It’s versatile and vibrant — perfect as a dip and dressing. Delight in its taste and texture, as every mouthful brings with it a zip and subtle crunch.

Why You Will Love This Recipe //

  • The balance of zest and sweet in this dressing. The mayonnaise adds a lovely tangy flavor and a creamy texture that you will love.
  • It goes perfectly with so many salads, as well as wraps and dips. It just might become your go-to dressing. 
  • The satisfaction of making your own dressing rather than using store-bought. There’s something to be said for self-reliance — especially when it’s so easy to achieve with this recipe!
  • Homemade is healthier. You don’t need to worry about all the chemicals going into the store-bought stuff. The ingredients in this dressing are all listed below

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise 
  • 1 tsp dry mustard powder
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp poppy seeds
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup oil (I used sunflower)
Poppy Seed Dressing ingredients

How to Make – The Steps

Step 1: Pour the vinegar, honey, mayonnaise, dry mustard, lemon juice, poppy seeds, salt, and pepper into a jar.

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Step 2: Put the lid on and give it a good shake to start dissolving the honey. 

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Step 3: Add the oil and shake again until combined.

Poppy Seed Dressing step

What To Serve Poppy Seed Dressing With

Here are some recipes from the Baked Bree vault that would work wonderfully with this poppy seed dressing. Try them out!

Strawberry Chicken Salad – Mixed greens with sliced strawberries, pecans, crumbled blue cheese, and honey poppy-seed dressing.

Roasted Pepper Salad – This Roasted Pepper Salad is so beautiful and so simple to prepare. Cut up some peppers, grill them slightly and drizzle them with this poppy seed dressing. 

Air-Fryer Everything Chicken Fingers – Air Fryer Everything Chicken Fingers with this dressing as a dip is an incredibly easy way to make the most crispy and crunchy homemade chicken fingers — soaked chicken with an everything bagel seasoning coating, you can’t go wrong!

Mediterranean Salad – This salad is a great base for a healthy and nutritious meal. Pick a protein or cheese to add to it (my favorite is feta) and replace the pomegranate lemon dressing with this poppy seed dressing and you’ve got dinner sorted.

FAQs

My honey isn’t dissolving when I shake the jar.

Ah, this can happen. Try adding the mayonnaise afterwards when you add the oil or just use a fork to get it all whisked up together.

My dressing is too sweet, what can I do?

It’s always good to give the dressing a taste when you have mixed all the ingredients together and see if you need to add anything to balance it. You can add a little extra apple cider vinegar or lemon juice to balance out the sweetness.

I don’t like poppy seeds in my teeth, what can I use instead?

The poppy seeds can easily be left out. The dressing works really well without them, too. You could also try adding something like chopped mint instead.

Can I replace the mayo with anything?

Sure. Greek yogurt (the plain, all-natural stuff) makes for an excellent substitute for mayo. The dressing will taste slightly tangier so if that’s what you’re into, go for it.

How To Store Poppy Seed Dressing

Poppy seed dressing — like most dressings — needs to be stored in the fridge. Put it in an airtight container or a resealable jar. This will prevent cross-contamination and odors from seeping in our out. If kept properly, the dressing should keep for up to 2 weeks in the fridge. While you can freeze this dressing, its consistency and texture will change. If you do decide to freeze it though, leave some room in the airtight container for expansion. Let it thaw in the fridge overnight when it comes time to use it again.

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Poppy Seed Dressing

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp dry mustard powder
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp poppy seeds
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup oil I used sunflower

Instructions
 

  • Pour the vinegar, honey, mayonnaise, dry mustard, lemon juice, poppy seeds, salt, and pepper into a jar.
  • Put the lid on and give it a good shake to start dissolving the honey. 
  • Add the oil and shake again until combined.
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