Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 10 min.


1 cup

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
I like to use this lemon poppy seed dressing recipe on a romaine salad with apples and pears. If you want a stronger lemon flavor, add some lemon zest. —Bonnie Capper-Eckstein, Maple Grove, Minnesota
Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated onion
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds


  1. In a blender, combine the first 5 ingredients. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream until smooth and creamy. Stir in poppy seeds. Store in the refrigerator.

Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing Tips

How many carbs are in poppy seed dressing?

There are 13 grams of carbs in this lemon poppy seed dressing recipe. To make it healthier, try swapping out the sugar for a natural sugar alternative like honey.

How can I use lemon poppy seed dressing?

This dressing is particularly good on a crisp green salad with strawberries, goat cheese and walnuts. We also recommend drizzling it on top of other salad recipes and fruit salads. It's the perfect pop of citrus flavor!

What other flavor variations do you recommend?

Try using half lemon juice and half blood orange or tangerine juice for a different burst of flavor. You could also try using traditional poppy seed dressing or a raspberry poppy seed dressing instead.

Nutrition Facts

2 tablespoons: 54 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 163mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.