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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!

a jar of salad dressing on a silver tray next to a salad on a red plate.

Poppyseed Dressing is such an easy salad dressing to make. If you've never made your own salad dressings before, you really should give it a try. Making salad dressings from scratch is easy to do and nothing beats the taste of homemade.

One of my favorite dressings to make is poppy seed dressing. It has the perfect balance of sweet and tangy and is great on so many types of salads. This kind of dressing also makes a great marinade.

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Why This Recipe Works

  • This homemade poppy seed dressing tastes so much better than any bottled brand.
  • It's easy to make and can be mixed together in just 5 minutes!
  • This small batch recipe yields the perfect amount of salad dressing for just a couple of salads.

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What You'll Need

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • Vinegar: I use white wine vinegar but feel free to use apple cider vinegar, red wine vinegar, or a fruity vinegar like raspberry instead.
  • Sugar: Use granulated sugar to give this dressing its sweet flavor. You can use honey, Swerve sweetener, or Splenda instead.
  • Garlic: Use 1 freshly grated clove of garlic or you can use a pinch of garlic powder instead.
  • Poppy seeds: These can be found in the spice aisle of your grocery store.
  • Mustard: I recommend using dijon or stone-ground mustard for best flavor.
  • Olive oil: I use extra virgin olive oil in this poppy seed dressing recipe as well as in every other recipe on One Dish Kitchen that calls for olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil is the least processed form of olive oil. It is an unrefined oil and the highest-quality olive oil you can buy. Because of the way extra virgin olive oil is made, it retains more true olive taste. It also contains more of the vitamins and minerals found in olives. It's my favorite type of olive oil to use but you may use a lighter olive oil instead.

How To Make This Recipe

  1. Whisk the ingredients together in a small bowl.
  2. Taste and add additional sugar, if needed.
  3. Transfer to a jar and keep refrigerated until you are ready to use it.

Expert Tips

  • This poppy seed dressing will keep for up to 1 week in the refrigerator. I suggest storing it in a glass jar with a lid so you can shake it up before using.
  • Feel free to adjust the ingredients to suit your taste. Add a bit more sugar if you like a sweeter dressing or add a bit more vinegar if you'd like more tang.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Make A Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing?

If you want a creamier dressing, add a little mayo or greek yogurt. You don't need much, and its wonderful!

What Should I Use Poppy Seed Dressing For?

Poppy seed dressing is heavenly on spinach salads and other kinds of salads. You could also brush this dressing on fish fillets or use it to marinate chicken breasts.

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Small Batch Poppy Seed Dressing

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

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar , or agave
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ teaspoon poppy seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon dijon mustard , or stone ground mustard
  • ¼ cup olive oil

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • This poppy seed dressing will keep for up to 1 week in the refrigerator. I suggest storing it in a glass jar with a lid so you can shake it up before using.
  • Feel free to adjust the ingredients to suit your taste. Add a bit more sugar if you like a sweeter dressing or add a bit more vinegar if you'd like more tang.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 84kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 4mg | Sugar: 5g | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.1mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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14 thoughts on “Small Batch Poppy Seed Dressing”

  1. 5 stars
    I’m always looking for new ways to dress up my salads and this is now one of my favorites. The mustard adds a nice touch.

  2. Homemade dressings are definitely the way to go – so easy and they taste so much better than store-bought. Love the sound of this one!

  3. Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens

    What a great idea to make just the amount you need, lovely and fresh each time! Such a simple recipe, packed with great flavors! Totally makes me crave salad (and it's waaaaay after dinnertime 🙂 )!

  4. I make my own ranch dressing, but I would love to try something new. I love poppyseed, and I love that it's a small batch, since I probably would be the only one eating it! 🙂

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