This classic poppy seed dressing is full of tangy flavor with a touch of sweetness! It’s perfect for drizzling on salads, but I’d totally eat this stuff by the spoonful.
My mom used to make poppy seed dressing for family gatherings when I was growing up, and it was my favorite! But for whatever reason I never made it as an adult.
Well, due to recent events and an inability for me to get my hands on my favorite store bought salad dressing (Trader Joe’s balsamic vinaigrette, in case you were wondering), I started experimenting with homemade dressings, which isn’t something I do that much. While I absolutely love my homemade vegan ranch, it’s sometimes a little much for the light springy salads I make this time of year.
So I went and created my own recipe for poppy seed dressing, and it turned out awesome. I never want to be without this stuff again!
What Does Poppy Seed Dressing Taste Like?
If you’ve never had classic poppy seed dressing before, you’re in for a treat! This dressing has a nice balance of sweet and sour flavors. It’s a vinaigrette-style dressing, but blending it up creates a creamy emulsion.
Does poppy seed dressing taste like poppy seeds? Not really. Poppy seeds are in there, so you get some flavor from them, but mostly they add texture and visual appeal.
What You’ll Need
You only need a handful of ingredients to make this delicious homemade dressing:
- Apple cider vinegar
- Olive oil
- Maple syrup
- Dijon mustard
- Poppy seeds
How to Make Poppy Seed Dressing
This is so easy! Grab a blending device. I like to use a mini food processor, but a blender works too. I don’t recommend using a full-sized food processor unless you double or triple the batch.
Place everything but the poppy seeds into your blending device and blend the mixture until smooth and creamy. Give the mixture a taste-test, and make any adjustments you deem necessary. You can also add the poppy seeds at this time. Pulse the device again quickly just to mix everything up.
That’s it! Dip your veggies, drizzle your salad, or, if you’re a weirdo like me, eat it with a spoon.
Poppy Seed Dressing Tips & FAQ
- Is this dressing gluten-free? It is!
- Storage: store your dressing in a sealed container in the fridge for about a week.
- Is there a substitute for maple syrup? You can use granulated sugar, just make sure it’s organic to keep the salad vegan.
- Is there a substitute for apple cider vinegar? Red or white wine vinegar should work.
- Is there a substitute for olive oil? Any variety of neutral flavored cooking oil should work.
Poppy Seed Dressing
This classic poppy seed dressing is full of tangy flavor with a touch of sweetness! It's perfect for drizzling on salads, but I'd totally eat this stuff by the spoonful.
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup finely chopped shallot (about 1 shallot)
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
Place all ingredients except for the poppy seeds into a blender or the bowl of a mini food processor. Blend until smooth.
Taste-test the mixture and adjust any seasonings to your taste. Add the poppy seeds.
Pulse the blending device once more to mix the ingredients.
Serve immediately or store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.