This homemade honey poppyseed dressing recipe is sweet and tangy with a lovely nutty crunch -- and super easy to stir together with 6 simple ingredients. Delicious on strawberry spinach salad and broccoli cauliflower salad.
But our new favorite is this creamy honey poppy seed dressing.
It's a little sweet, a little tangy, and kinda-sorta healthy.
The base is nonfat Greek yogurt and a little mayo for smoothness, honey for sweet flavor, apple cider vinegar and Dijon mustard for zip, and crunchy poppy seeds for nuttiness and texture.
Why You're Going to Love This Recipe
Delicious recipe that tastes wayyyyy better than grocery store dressings
A healthier option because you control the ingredients
Easy to customize to your personal preference -- make it as sweet or tangy as you like!
This delicious dressing comes together with just a handful of ingredients.
Nonfat Greek yogurt. I use Chobani. Full fat Greek yogurt will also work.
Mayonnaise. A little mayonnaise is a perfect emulsifier and adds unctuous creaminess to the Greek yogurt.
Honey. You can also use maple syrup or white sugar. Honey is sweeter than sugar, so if you use sugar, you may need to add a bit more to get the same level of sweetness.
Apple cider vinegar. All out of ACV? Try white wine vinegar, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, or one of these apple cider vinegar substitutes.
Dijon mustard. Dijon helps emulsify the dressing and adds richness to the dressing. You can also use dry mustard or one of these Dijon substitutes.
Poppyseeds. Poppyseeds add a subtle nutty flavor, delicate crunch, and pretty color to the dressing.
Customize this creamy poppy seed dressing recipe to make it your own! Try adding:
- Finely diced shallots or red onion or chopped green onions
- Minced garlic or a little garlic powder
- Fresh herbs like thyme or basil
How to Make Homemade Honey Poppyseed Dressing
Stir all of the ingredients together in a small bowl until completely combined. Or whiz it up in a small food processor or blender.
Use as a dressing for your favorite salads or a dip for veggies.
This recipe yields 1 ¼ cups dressing.
Store poppyseed dressing in a covered mason jar or airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Whisk the dressing in a bowl or use a blender or food processor to blend it all together
Taste the dressing as you go and adjust the sweetness or tanginess to your liking
After storing poppyseed dressing in the refrigerator, give it a good shake or stir before using it
This homemade dressing can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Be sure to give it a good shake or stir before using it again.
If your poppyseed dressing is too thick, you can add a little bit of water or milk to thin it out. If it's too thin, you can add more yogurt or mayonnaise thicken it.
Honey poppyseed dressing pairs well with a variety of salads, including fresh fruit salads, green salads, and vegetable salads.
Some popular salad ingredients that go well with poppyseed dressing include strawberries, mandarin oranges, romaine lettuce, spinach, and mixed salad greens.
Yes, you can use a different type of vinegar in this tangy honey poppy seed dressing recipe.
Red wine vinegar, white vinegar, or one of these apple cider vinegar substitutes can be used dressing. Keep in mind that the flavor of the dressing may be slightly different with the use of a different vinegar.
Stuff I Use
One 16 oz. mason jar with lid is the perfect size for one batch of dressing with plenty of headspace for shaking.
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- ¾ cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 ½ teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1 ½ teaspoons poppyseeds
- Stir all of the ingredients together in a small bowl until completely combined.
- Store poppyseed dressing in a covered jar in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.