Poppy Seed Dressing

A fresh, healthy Poppyseed Dressing that you can whip up in just seconds! This homemade version is way better than any store-bought dressing you can find! 

Tis the season for healthy eating, ya’ll! I don’t know about you, but after all the sugar cookies I indulged in over the holidays, it is time to get back in a good, healthy routine STAT. If you follow me over on Instagram (hey Insta buddies!), you might have seen this post where I finally admitted to the 10 pounds that somehow crept up on me this year. How did that happen?? Oh yeah… I write a food blog, love to eat, and loathe working out. That probably has something to do with it.

But I’m working on kicking those bad habits and adding in some good ones, and before you know it, I’ll be back to my fighting weight. I like to call that magical number “pre-baby” and “pre-blog”. So to kick off the new year with healthier eating, I bring you a homemade recipe for one of my favorite salad dressings… poppyseed!

Spoiler alert: Today is our very first giveaway of 2015!! Keep reading!

A fresh, healthy Poppyseed Dressing that you can whip up in just seconds! Way better than store-bought! | LoveGrowsWild.com

I know it’s super convenient to have a couple store-bought salad dressings sitting in your refrigerator, but to me, nothing beats whipping up a fresh batch of homemade dressing just the way you like it. It literally takes under a minute to make, is MUCH healthier than the stuff you get at the store filled with preservatives and junk, and tastes 100x better with fresh ingredients. And I’m willing to bet you probably already have a majority of the ingredients on hand already.

A fresh, healthy Poppyseed Dressing that you can whip up in just seconds! Way better than store-bought! | LoveGrowsWild.com

Into a blender goes vinegar, dijon mustard, sugar, salt, and onion. I also add a good scoop of plain Greek yogurt to thicken it up and make it extra creamy. Whip it together on high and slowly stream in some oil. Finally, stir in the star ingredient, poppyseeds, and you have yourself a quick, healthy, delicious salad dressing!

A fresh, healthy Poppyseed Dressing that you can whip up in just seconds! Way better than store-bought! | LoveGrowsWild.com

I like using apple cider vinegar and vegetable oil in this recipe, but you can sub regular vinegar and a different oil too, if that’s what you have on hand. And if you want to make this recipe even healthier, swap out the granulated sugar for honey. I prefer the taste and texture of using the sugar, but honey will do the trick too!

A fresh, healthy Poppyseed Dressing that you can whip up in just seconds! Way better than store-bought! | LoveGrowsWild.com

Using a blender really helps emulsify the dressing and keep the ingredients from separating. If you were to just shake this up in a mason jar or whisk the ingredients in a bowl, you would have a hard time blending the ingredients as well as the blender does. Let it do all the hard work for you! P.S. I LOVE my KitchenAid Diamond Blender that I used for this recipe, and today we’re giving one away to a lucky reader!! Be sure to keep reading to the bottom of this post to find out how to enter!

A fresh, healthy Poppyseed Dressing that you can whip up in just seconds! Way better than store-bought! | LoveGrowsWild.com

You can use this dressing on just about any salad you can imagine… toss some greens with a little fruit, veggies, nuts, cheese… whatever your heart desires! On this particular day I went with a combination of spinach, mandarin oranges, pomegranate seeds, and walnuts. It made a quick and healthy lunch, and I had plenty of dressing leftover to use the next couple days. Just seal it well and refrigerate!

A fresh, healthy Poppyseed Dressing that you can whip up in just seconds! Way better than store-bought! | LoveGrowsWild.com

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Poppy Seed Dressing
Serves: 8
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ⅓ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar (or honey)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped white or yellow onion
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon poppyseeds
  1. Add the yogurt, vinegar, sugar, onion, mustard, and salt to a blender and process on high for 20 seconds. With the blender still on, slowly stream in the oil. Add the poppyseeds and pulse the dressing 3-4 times on low until all the ingredients are fully combined. Recipe makes about 1 cup of dressing or 8 servings.
 – adapted from All Recipes, Chow, and Vitamix

Are you making this recipe? I’d LOVE to see it! Post a photo of your creation on Instagram and use the hashtag #MyLGWRecipe. It may just get featured!

Giveaway Time!

I figured there would be no better way to kick off the new year than by surprising you all with a sweet giveaway. Who wants to be the proud new owner of a Kitchenaid Diamond Blender?? Just fill out the giveaway form below to enter!

Be sure to check out a few new healthy recipes from our blogger friends too! We all LOVE what we can do with our Diamond Blender!


Still hungry? Try these healthy recipes:

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Strawberry Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

This thick, fruity Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie is packed full of protein and healthy vitamins to keep you full and satisfied for hours! Try it as a meal replacement for breakfast or lunch!

Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie

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  1. Blended soups

  2. Would love to make a mocha smoothie in the KitchenAid! or maybe the Strawberry Banana Oatmeal one that I just scrolled across?!?

  3. I’m going to make this dressing! It sounds wonderful! I’d also like to find other healthier dressings and sauces I can make…. I’m a condiment-aholic!

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  4. I have never made dressings from scratch and had just found a couple new recipes to try! Now, (when I win

  5. jen keough says:

    a green smoothie!

  6. This salad dressing needs to happen asap. It sounds delish!

  7. alexandra robertson says:


  8. the first thing I’d make is a pb&j smoothie. My husband’s favorite!

  9. The poppy seed dressing of course!

  10. Just looking at this salad makes me feel healthier!

  11. Stephanie Korilko says:

    If I would win this Diamond Blender the first thing I would make is your yummy poppy seed dressing, so I could use it on the scrumptious looking salad you made! Your photography skills are so spectacular I could take a bite out of that salad right now!! All ingredients are on my grocery list now!

  12. One of my resolutions for 2015 is actually to start making my own salad dressing, so this recipe timing is impeccable!

    • Liz Fourez says:

      I think you’ll love it, Erin! Making a homemade ranch dressing that will win over my boys is my next project to tackle. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  13. Just tried the poppy seed dressing tonight…it was great!

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Yay!! I’m so happy to hear that! I have a little jar sitting in my fridge from yesterday, and I can’t wait to use it for lunch tomorrow. Thank you for sharing your feedback, Jill! I really do appreciate it. 🙂

  14. First thing I would make would be gazpacho

  15. Beautiful photos!! Will be trying this!!

  16. Never have I tried a poppyseed dressing before so this is a recipe that I must try out. I love that you used greek yoghurt too!

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Yes, you must! I’m a huge fan of Greek yogurt in all kinds of recipes. I use it as a substitute for sour cream quite often too. Hope you enjoy the dressing!

  17. this poppy seed dressing looks amazing!! and oh my gawd, “pre-blog” weight. . that’s hilarious. . but TRUE!!! Here’s to a great and happy 2015 for you!! so happy to be hosting with you and everyone else today!

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Yes, this “post-blog” weight can go away any time now!! Lol! Thank you so much for stopping by, Alice. Loved hosting with you!

  18. Teena McElroy says:

    Love to make smoothies.

  19. Jandetta Lyons says:

    Can’t wait to make the poppy seed dressing.

  20. Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. Vicki Terwedo says:

    I would make a chocolate malt. And then a blueberry smoothie…

  22. The dressing looks wonderful!!!

  23. Yum, that looks delicious.
    I’d bust out my first smoothie of 2015 with that bad boy.

  24. would love more dressing recipes and uses for the wonderful blender

  25. What a great recipe to have on hand! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  26. I would make so many things like salsa, smoothies, salad dressings, etc! I love Kitchen Aid!

  27. Yum! This salad is so pretty and the dressing sounds amazing! I want to eat everything you make, it’s just always so darn gorgeous!

  28. I really liked this recipe:) I was thinking of homemade dressing lately and this one here is just perfect! 🙂 If I do it with olive oil, would it be OK? Thanks! 🙂

  29. I don’t have any plain greek yogurt on hand. Is there a substitution that can be used, like maybe sour cream?

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Great question! I like to add the Greek yogurt for extra creaminess, but you can certainly skip the yogurt if you don’t have any on hand. It will be a little thinner and closer to a vinaigrette, but it will still taste fantastic! Hope this helps!

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