Salad Dressing Your Way (Recipe: Poppy Seed Salad Dressing)

We have salad almost every night with our dinner. Nothing fancy… I typically just put out the tub of organic mixed greens from Sam’s Club and the family dishes from that. My kids love salad, so if all else fails and they don’t want to eat whatever it is we are having for dinner, I feel good knowing that they at least got some greens in them.

The other night my son was the first one to get his salad, and as I looked over at him I noticed he had my favorite salad dressing and had taken the very last drop of it. I was so bummed and ended up eating a dry, tasteless salad that night. I don’t know why it never crosses my mind to make homemade salad dressing for just our weeknight dinners. I typically reserve that for a dolled up, fancy salad… not family mealtime. Realizing that was about as silly of a notion as one could get, I decided I would return to making our salad dressings from scratch, even if it is just for our nightly dinners.

First up, this delicious Poppy Seed Salad Dressing. It is very similar to the salad dressing featured in my absolute favorite Special Spinach Salad recipe I posted back in March, but just slightly different. With the perfect blend of sweet and tangy, this lovely Poppy Seed Salad Dressing will have you wondering why you weren’t making salad dressing your way a long time ago!

Recipe: Poppy Seed Salad Dressing (adapted from All

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped onion
  • 3 teaspoons ground mustard (which I forgot to put in, but I bet it is a great addition)
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup canola oil
  1. In a small bowl, combine the first six ingredients.
  2. Slowly add oil, while whisking briskly. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

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  1. says

    Kristen, this looks gorgeous!!

    I love salad, and usually make my own ranch. Except that I use ranch mix…with mayo and milk.

    But still, it’s close to homemade, right?

    I will most definitely be giving this dressing a try. It’s such a pretty color!!

  2. says

    I think salad dressings is one of those things that people sometimes forget how easy it is to make… and I always have ingredients in the pantry. Though the other night, I didn’t actually bother with the dressing — I just tossed a small spoon of mustard, a drizzle of balsamic and a splash of olive oil into the salad bowl and mixed.

  3. Pat Wogan says

    Wow! You have outdone yourself on these pictures. If this tastes as good as it looks, it will be super delicious. I love poppy seed dressing, but never buy it for some reason. Probably because I can’t eat seeds :(

  4. says

    I always make homemade dressings since they taste so much better than the bottled stuff. I have used one recipe for poppy seed dressing for many years, but this is a bit different, so I will give it a try! The pictures are great.


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