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Poppy Seed Dressing

This sweet and tangy poppy seed dressing recipe is the best way to dress up fruit all year long. Here's how to make it. —Patricia Staudt, Marble Rock, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 5 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings (2 tablespoons each)


  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons onion salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • Fresh fruit or salad greens of choice


  • Place first five ingredients in a blender; cover and process until sugar is dissolved. Stir in poppy seeds. Refrigerate, covered, until serving. Serve with fruit or salad greens.

Poppy Seed Dressing

Is poppy seed dressing good for you?

This poppy seed dressing has about 219 calories per serving. While this dressing recipe is tasty, there are ways to make it healthier. You can lighten up this homemade salad dressing by swapping canola oil for olive oil and swapping the sugar for one of these sugar alternatives. We recommend trying honey.

What does poppy seed dressing taste like?

Poppy seed dressing contains ingredients like sugar, ground mustard, white wine vinegar and onion salt that taste both sweet and tangy.

How can I use poppy seed dressing?

You can drizzle poppy seed dressing on top of a strawberry salad, coleslaw or a side of fruit. You could also try switching things up by making a raspberry poppy seed dressing or a lemon poppy seed dressing.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons dressing: 219 calories, 19g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 225mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • shannondobos
    Jan 2, 2019

    I've made this twice now. The second time, I cut the sugar by about 1/3, and it was still fantastic. This is a perfect dressing for a spinach salad.

  • kitchengrandma
    Jan 1, 2014

    I thought this recipe was really good, the only reason I gave it 4 stars was because I like it less sweet and only used 1/2 cup of sugar to achieve was easy and will definitely make it again. I made a salad with mixed spring greens, cashews, craisins, chopped apples, and shredded swiss cheese with the dressing for New Year's eve and we loved it.

  • fettcl2
    Jul 24, 2013

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  • beksand
    May 28, 2013

    My family loves this with spinach, strawberries, mandarin oranges and sliced almonds.

  • Gettingthinner
    Jun 7, 2012

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  • NiseyNisey
    Mar 24, 2010

    I put all the ingredients (except poppy seeds) in the blender and it came out perfectly. Used it to dress fresh spinach, sliced strawberries, and homemade candied walnuts. It was a big hit at church--fresh and colorful.

  • katlaydee3
    May 12, 2009

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