If there is one dressing I’ve made hundreds of times, it’s this. This Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing is an absolute keeper! It’s sort of like my secret weapon.
I’m telling you with a bag of spinach a chopped up apple, some bacon bits, and some feta. You’re good to go. You want to make it even more amazing add some candied pecans or walnuts and some slivers of red onion. Oh yeah! That’s my Jam!
I started making this way back when we were first married. I saw this recipe in a cookbook I had been given for our wedding. The cook book is called the Mormon Essential Cookbook, It looks like it is out of print but there are a few used copies on Amazon for pretty cheap and I must say, it’s one of my most used cookbooks. Has some great recipes in it!
The first time I made the poppy seed dressing was when I was in charge of a pasta dinner for 100 women. I was told that we needed two salad dressing options and they wanted them to be homemade. I had basically lived my life as a ranch only kinda girl up to that point (homemade ranch was the only dressing my mom ever kept in our house) but I didn’t want to look stupid so I was like, “Sure, no problem! I’ll do ranch and poppy seed.”
Don’t ask me why I said poppy seed, but I did.
And my search for a poppy seed recipe commenced. Luckily it didn’t take long. I quickly found this recipe in my trustee little cookbook and it was such a hit at the event that I was later bombarded with woman asking for the recipe.
Ever since that experience Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing has been my go-to. If I keep a bag of spinach, some kind of fruit (Strawberries, Apples, Grapes or even dried craisins) Feta cheese or Mozzarella Cheese, and a little package of bacon bits on hand, I feel like I can whip up a somewhat fancy salad in two minutes or less. And for some reason that makes me feel safe.
Almost as safe as always having at least 2 dozen eggs in my fridge.
I have weird food things. Some people have check the light switch or shut the door the same way things. Me? I really like to always have ingredients on hand to be able to make something to take to an impromptu party or potluck. Anyone else…or is it just me?
I especially love that this dressing can be made in the blender or just shaken in a good dressing container if you don’t want to get your blender dirty. I use my Ninja and make it in the Nutri Ninja Cups, that way I can just put a lid on it and put it in the fridge. It’s great!
But even if you just shake it in a bottle or whisk it really good before adding to your salad. It will still be delicious and flavorful. We love this dressing and hope you do too!
- ¼ cup plus 2 tbsp vinegar (I use white or apple cider)
- ¼ cup white granulated sugar
- 2 tsp grated onion or ½ tsp onion powder
- ¾ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp dry mustard powder
- 1 tbsp poppy seeds
- ½ cup plus 2 tbsp canola or vegetable oil
- Add everything together in your blender or in a shake-able bottle with a tight fitting lid.
- Blend or shake until well blended. Only takes about 5 seconds with the blender. 15 or 20 good shakes in a bottle.
- Pour over desired salad.
- Keep leftover dressing in refrigerator. Dressing keeps for up to 3 weeks in the fridge.