Poppy Seed Salad Dressing

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  • An all-purpose dressing, this Poppy Seed Salad Dressing recipe is light and bright, perfect for summer salads!

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    Poppy Seed Dressing

    This homemade salad dressing is actually a vinaigrette meaning that it is an emulsification of oil and an acid, in thise case vinegar.

    What is an emulsification? An emulsion is a mixture of two or more liquids that are normally immiscible- like oil and water based solutions. In order to mix, you need to mix them slowly and steadily at high agitation.

    overhead of poppy seed dressing with fresh strawberries, avocado and poppy seeds

    Most vinaigrette dressings will mix for a short time, but need to be reshaken or stirred before using.

    How to Emulsify Poppy Seed Salad Dressing

    The classic way would be to whisk. But let me tell you, your wrist might hurt and you might still not be able to get the smooth blend you are looking for.

    making an emulsification in a food processor

    I find the best way is with a mini food processor or blender. Pouring the oil in a steady, but fine stream, achieves this best.

    Salad Ideas

    Poppy Seed salad dressing is an excellent choice for so many summer salads. You can use it on your basic leafy greens or even my avocado crab or kale salads.

    close up of strawberry salad with avocado and onion slices

    But my favorite salad to serve this on is strawberry avocado. It is so simple to make. All you need is:

    • Spring mix or other leafy greens
    • Avocado
    • Fresh hulled strawberries
    • Sweet onion, thinly sliced

    You can top it with slivered almonds or croutons, but otherwise, that is all you need!

    pouring poppy seed dressing on salad

    Proteins

    This salad and dressing is great the way it is, but you can also and protein to the mix to make it a main dish instead of an appetizer or side salad.

    overhead og strawberry salad with dressing

    Seafood and grilled chicken are excellent ideas. Salmon and shrimp are my favorites. You can even use a small amount of the dressing as a marinade!

    Poppy Seeds

    What are poppy seeds? They are tiny black balls that are the dried seeds from the opium poppy.

    angle view of poppy seed dressing with strawberry salad in the background

    Of course the next question is… will they make me test positive for opiates?

    And the answer is NO. Not unless you eat a ton of them and everyday or a long time. In fact, I used to work at a drug treatment program and we tested this out on ourselves using poppy seed bagels. It took over a week of eating heavily poppy seeded bagels every morning before we got even a faint positive.

    So don’t worry, you won’t fail a drug test.

    side view of poppy seed dressing in a small mason jar

    Make Ahead & Storage

    You can can this dressing ahead of time, but like most oil and vinegar blends, it will separate and need to be shaken well before serving.

    Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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    More homemade salad dressings:

    Avocado Green Goddess Dressing
    Avocado Green Goddess Dressing with garlic, cilantro and an avocado
    Avocado Green Goddess Dressing is full of good-for-you veggies and herbs, perfect for salads, but also ideal as a dipping sauce or a spread for sandwiches.
    Cilantro Lime Dressing
    Cilantro Lime Dressing is an easy and delicious citrus dressing for salads, dipping sauces or even as a marinade! Spicy and sweet, it is no-cook and comes together in 5 minutes. #homemadesaladdressing www.savoryexperiments.com
    Cilantro Lime Dressing is an easy and delicious citrus dressing for salads, dipping sauces or even as a marinade! Spicy and sweet, it is no-cook and comes together in 5 minutes.
    Creamy Italian Dressing
    Homemade Italian Dressing - Creamy, zesty Italian dressing made in just 10 minutes from whole ingredients. www.savoryexperiments.com
    Homemade Italian Dressing – Creamy, zesty Italian dressing made in just 10 minutes from whole ingredients.
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    Poppy Seed Dressing

    An all-purpose dressing, this Poppy Seed Salad Dressing recipe is light and bright, perfect for summer salads! It's EASY to make and so delicious!
    Prep Time5 mins
    Total Time5 mins
    Course: Salad
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: poppy seed salad dressing
    Servings: 6
    Calories: 89kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    • In a blend or food processor, combine white vinegar, brown sugar, Kosher salt, dry mustard and white onion. Blend well.
    • Add olive oil and blend until emulsified.
    • Stir in poppy seeds by hand and serve.
    • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the ratings or comments.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 392mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg

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