Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing

3 minutes
September 16, 2022
Carole Jones

A poppy seed dressing recipe that is ready in 5 minutes and turns out perfectly creamy and not overly sweet! This homemade salad dressing recipe is my kids favorite and I love it over a great strawberry and spinach salad as well. If you’ve been on the search for a homemade dressing recipe, this one won’t disappoint.

poppy seed dressing recipe

Now that summer is just a few days away, it is time for my favorite types of salads….greens, berries, nuts, and cheese! There are a million different versions out there and you can make them any way that fits your favorite flavor profile, but you MUST have an amazing poppy seed dressing recipe. It’s the law.

So many versions of this homemade dressing have so much sugar in them that it actually settles to the bottom of your container and is difficult to keep the dressing emulsified. Plus, it tastes like I dressed my salad in syrup!  My poppyseed dressing recipe uses just enough agave nectar for the sweetness you need without becoming overpowering. Plus the agave stays perfectly emulsified in the dressing.

Poppy seed dressing recipe

This is definitely one recipe you will want a blender for but you could also make a food processor work if you don’t have a blender, however your dressing will have a bit more texture from the onion not being fully liquified like it would in a blender.  No matter which tool you use, the key to a creamy dressing is to S-L-O-W-L-Y add the olive oil at the end.  Just let it drizzle in over a couple minutes.  If you rush it, your dressing will separate, which isn’t the end of the world but makes it a bit of a hassle when it comes time to use it.

poppy seed dressing recipe

What type of salad should you use this dressing on?  Here is my formula:

  1. Some type of green: spinach, spring mix, romaine, or any other combo you love
  2. Some type of berry or fruit: strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, mango
  3. Some type of toasted nut: almonds, pine nuts, pecans
  4. Some type of salty cheese: feta, parmesan, goat, blue
  5. Optional additions: avocado, chicken, or steak

The key is to use what YOU love in the salad portion and know that this homemade poppy seed dressing recipe will carry you to salad heaven!

Looking for more amazing salad dressing recipes?  Check out my Healthy Avocado Salad Dressing recipe as well!

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Poppy seed dressing recipe

Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe

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A quick and delicious homemade salad dressing that lasts for weeks in the fridge!

  • Total Time: 8
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x



1/2 C apple cider vinegar

1 Tb dijon mustard

1/2 small red onion

1 tsp kosher salt

1 Tb poppy seeds

6 Tb agave nectar

3/4 C extra virgin olive oil


In your blender, place all the ingredients except for the olive oil.  Blend on high until everything is smooth.  Reduce the blender to a medium speed and slowly drizzle in the olive oil until the dressing is emulsified.  Don’t rush this step or you won’t end up with a creamy dressing. Store any leftover dressing in a container in the fridge for up to two weeks.

  • Author: Carole Jones
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Dressing
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 oz
  • Calories: 92
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 20 mg
  • Fat: 9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 8 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 3 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Carole Jones

Carole Jones is an Arizona-based cookbook author & food blogger. She's authored The 30 Minute Cooking From Frozen Cookbook and the self-published Take 5: Chicken e-cookbook. For the past 15 years, Carole has shared her culinary adventures cooking and baking for her six brutally honest children here on My Kitchen Escapades. Hot, crusty bread is Carole's love language, but her two adorable grandchildren are a close second. Yes, second. Don't judge.


Alison Ufkin
5 years ago

Hi Carole, I’m at the lake and don’t have agave nectar, would honey be ok instead?

5 years ago

Hi Alison! Yes, honey will work but it will be a much stronger flavor and level of sweetness so you might want to use a bit less.

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