Small Batch Poppy Seed Dressing

Easy Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe – This small batch recipe has the perfect balance of sweet and tangy and makes the perfect amount for a few salads. Takes just minutes to make and tastes incredible! Healthy, homemade, and irresistible!

Small jar of Poppy Seed Dressing next to two garlic cloves and a spinach salad in the background

Poppyseed Dressing is such an easy salad dressing to make. If you’ve never made your own salad dressings before, you really should give homemade dressings a try. They are so easy to make and nothing beats the taste of homemade.

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A few weeks ago our old friends who recently moved away came in town for a visit. These friends lived in the same neighborhood as we did and our kids grew up together. When we learned they were coming for a visit, we knew we wanted to get together.

Another friend of ours made a few phone calls and before we knew it, we had a brunch planned. It was sort of a quickly thrown together party, but those are sometimes the best kind.

After all, to have a great party all you really need are good friends, good food, lots of laughter and in our case, lots of reminiscing.

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Overhead view of a jar of Poppy Seed Salad Dressing being held over a spinach salad

I made an quick Spinach Salad with crumbled bacon, sliced strawberries and crumbled feta. For the dressing, I made this wonderful small batch Poppyseed Dressing.

A small jar of poppy seed dressing next to a plate of spinach salad on a metal tray

How To Make Poppy Seed Dressing

This poppy seed dressing recipe makes enough dressing for a few salads.

I like to make my dressings fresh and use them right away or within a day or so.  This recipe gives me the perfect amount.

This poppy seed dressing is made with white wine vinegar, sugar or agave, garlic, poppy seeds, dijon mustard and olive oil.

Whisk the ingredients together in a small bowl and store in a jar until you are ready to use it.

In many salad dressing recipes, I would offer that you might be able to leave the sugar out but in the case of poppy seed dressing, I urge you to leave it in. As suggested above and in the recipe card, you could substitute with agave but can also have great results with honey or Swerve sweetener.

This poppy seed dressing goes great with my Avocado Salad with Berries. Add it to any of your favorite salads!

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Poppy Seed Dressing being poured over the plate of spinach salad

This poppy seed dressing keeps well in a jar in the refrigerator. Be sure to give it a whisk or a shake when you add it to your salads.


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Poppy Seed Salad Dressing – A Small Batch Recipe

Small Batch Poppy Seed Dressing – a simple, fresh and flavorful salad dressing made with white wine vinegar, sugar or agave, garlic, poppy seeds, dijon mustard and olive oil. No need to make a large batch, this recipe will give you the perfect amount. \ ZagLeft

Small Batch Poppy Seed Dressing

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Salad
Keyword: dressing
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 84kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar , or agave
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon dijon mustard , or stone ground mustard
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


  • Whisk the vinegar and the sugar or agave in a small bowl until the sugar is mostly dissolved.
  • Either use a garlic press or hold garlic clove at the broader end and run it against a microplane's "teeth". Add to bowl.
  • Add the poppy seeds, mustard, and oil and whisk to combine.
  • Transfer to covered container and store in the refrigerator. The dressing will separate when it sits; shake to combine before using.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 84kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 4mg | Sugar: 5g | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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12 thoughts on “Small Batch Poppy Seed Dressing”

  1. 5 stars
    homemade so much better!
    less pricey, less ingredients I cannot pronounce & even the fancy organic ones mostly have palm oil (environmentally destructive!) in them. Thank you! Love the goat cheese one too.

    1. I’m so happy you enjoy the dressing recipes. Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know.

      Have a wonderful week!


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