An all-purpose dressing, this Poppy Seed Salad Dressing recipe is light and bright, perfect for summer salads!
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.
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.
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.
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
- Fresh hulled strawberries
- Sweet onion, thinly sliced
You can top it with slivered almonds or croutons, but otherwise, that is all you need!
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.
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!
What are poppy seeds? They are tiny black balls that are the dried seeds from the opium poppy.
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.
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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Poppy Seed Dressing
- 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.
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