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This poppyseed dressing recipe will quickly become your new favorite homemade salad dressing. It’s naturally sweetened, adds brightness with its tangy-sweet flavor, and is so easy to make!
Growing up, I ate a similar poppyseed dressing that I absolutely adored. This poppyseed dressing recipe is like the more grown-up, unrefined version of the one I once loved.
It’s amazing on both fruit salads and vegetable salads alike. The dressing’s sweetness helps to draw out the natural sweetness in the fruit and helps add natural sweetness to vegetables, like in this roasted Brussels sprouts salad.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- avocado oil (or extra virgin olive oil) – dressing base
- apple cider vinegar – tanginess
- fresh lemon juice – brightness & tang
- dijon mustard – emulsifier
- onion powder – flavor
- maple syrup – natural sweetness
- poppyseeds – flavor and texture
- salt – to taste
Because this recipe uses a lot of pantry staples, you likely already have most of the ingredients on hand. Learn how to create your own capsule pantry (+ free checklist).
How to Make Homemade Poppyseed Dressing
- Blend. Add all the ingredients except for the poppyseeds to the base of your blender. Blend on medium-high until well combined.
- Add. Now add in the poppy seeds and pulse a few times until they’re incorporated throughout the dressing.
- Store in a tightly sealed jar in the fridge for up to 1 week* (see recipe notes).
Second option: you can also make this dressing in a glass jar with a tightly sealed lid (mason jars work great for this).
How Long Do Homemade Vinaigrettes Last?
- The standard rule for storing homemade vinaigrettes is up to 1 week if using fresh ingredients such as lemon or other citrus juice, onion, shallot, etc. Dressings that don’t use fresh ingredients can last up to 2 weeks (and sometimes longer).
- Use your best discretion with this. Technically this dressing has fresh lemon juice in it, but occasionally I’ve held onto this poppyseed vinaigrette longer than one week and found it to be just fine still.
Tools Needed to Make This Poppyseed Dressing Recipe
- Blender– a multi-use tool that has so many functions, especially great for dairy-free cooking. I’ve had mine for 7½ years.
- Mason jar – great for storing homemade dressings, sauces, and other dry pantry items.
- Liquid measuring cups – if you plan on making homemade vinaigrettes and sauces, soups (and really everything under the sun), you’ll want to invest in some liquid measuring cups. These glass cups are sturdy and last for years.
Other Homemade Dressing Recipes to Try
Poppyseed Dressing Recipe
- ⅔ cup avocado oil (or other neutral tasting oil)
- ⅓ cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2½ tbsp maple syrup
- ½ tsp dijon mustard
- 2 tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 3 tsp poppy seeds
- Add all the ingredients except for the poppy seeds to the base of your blender.
- Blend on medium-high until well combined.
- Now add in the poppy seeds and pulse a few times until they're incorporated throughout the dressing.
- Store in a tightly sealed jar in the fridge.
- 1. Alternatively, you can also make this dressing in a glass jar with a tightly sealed lid (mason jars work great for this) and a little muscle.
- Instead of maple syrup, you can also use raw honey.
- Use within 7-14 days.