Homemade Poppyseed Dressing

This homemade Poppyseed Dressing is an all-time favorite, especially for dressing up a spinach salad or your favorite sweet and savory combinations.

homemade poppyseed dressing

A little check-in

Oh, hey, y’all. Anyone ready to yell “uncle” on 2020? I’m over it. Sara said a few weeks ago (legit don’t actually remember how long ago that actually was because #2020) that her covid experience felt like the lost months and my response was that this feels like the lost year.

That isn’t to say that there haven’t been wonderful things…I actually look back at the quarantine days with quite a bit of fondness. They feel like yesterday and a lifetime ago. I started teaching, which I love. The kittens have been a bright spot. We’re all healthy.

And yet…I’m so tired. We were slammed with another hurricane last Friday, and while this wasn’t devastating like Hurricane Laura, it was another complication in a complicated year. The thought of going back to school and “un-hurricane-ing” my room makes me want to crawl into a hole, if I’m being honest. I feel like I’m coming up short in just about every area of my life. My thirties are over in another couple of months, and honestly, I’m not sad about it. This has easily been the hardest decade of my life. That’s not saying my forties will necessarily be better, but at least I can say peace out to this period of my life. This isn’t a pity party. Just…being honest and keeping it real because that’s what I do.

kate, why are you telling us this?

I honestly don’t know what the point of telling you all this is, especially since it has literally NOTHING to do with spinach poppyseed dressing, but I feel like most of us are friends that have known each other a long time, and sometimes friends tell each other things like, “Hey, I’m tired. Are you tired? Because I’m freaking tired.”


back to salad dressing

This salad dressing is one of my favorite comfort foods. I love it on this Spinach Mandarin Poppyseed salad (please ignore the 2009-esque photos). Honestly, it’s perfect with any salad that has a combination of sweet and savory flavors. I have legitimately become a poppyseed salad dressing snob. I will no longer eat store-bought poppyseed dressing because even the best ones have a touch of mayonnaise flavor that makes me want to go to the same place I want to go when I think about un-hurricane-proofing my hurricane-proofed classroom.

spinach poppyseed salad

On thing I love is that it is easy and it is cheap (insert your jokes here) and I pretty much always have the ingredients. Sugar, oil, poppyseeds, salt, pepper, dry mustard, and a green onion.

You just pop everything but the poppyseeds oil into your blender, give it a whirl, add the oil in a steady stream, then whisk in the poppyseeds and voilà! You’re done!

poppyseed dressing

poppyseed dressing

Poppyseed Dressing

This homemade poppyseed dressing is perfect for sweet and savory salads, heads and shoulders better than any store-bought poppyseed dressing, and comes together in a matter of minutes!


  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • A few turns of freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 green onion ends removed (both the "hairy" end and where the green part starts to get floppy)
  • 1/2 cup neutral-flavored vegetable oil like peanut or canola check for allergies before using peanut oil
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds


  • In a blender, combine vinegar, salt, pepper, sugar, and dry mustard. While the blender is running, add the green onion. Continue running the blender and add the oil in a steady stream and is fully incorporated into the dressing.
  • Pour the dressing into a serving or storage container and whisk in poppy seeds. Serve over leafy greens.


Try this dressing on: Spinach Mandarin Poppyseed Salad
Author: kate jones
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Questions & Reviews

  1. my favorite salad with poppyseed dressing is spinach, red onion, shredded smoked gouda cheese, and sliced toasted almonds, delish. I have always used Brianna's (pricey) or Trader Joe's (next best to Brianna's) dressing for this salad, but am excited to try your poppyseed dressing with it. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. This salad dressing is MY FAVORITE with Candied Walnuts, Spinach and Cut up strawberries….DIVINE…once in desperation I even used dehydrated chopped onions…and wasn't half bad!

  3. I made this yesterday and loved it. I was out of a few things so I used cider vinegar,dry mustard and instead of green onions, I just used some grated white onion. It worked great. I put it on a spinach-romaine salad with craisens, avocado, and candied pecans. It was a hit!

  4. Just wanted to let you know this was delicious (especially along with the salad recipe.) The "greenness" didn't really bother me, I was just hoping I didn't do anything wrong! Thanks for another wonderful recipe!

  5. Stacy–Yeah, it's probably the onion; some of them are just greener than others. If it tastes good, that's the most important thing, but if the green is bugging you, you could add a few drops of yellow food coloring to kind of even it back out.

    Hope that helps! 🙂

  6. Okay, so I just made this dressing for dinner tonight and it's green. Like REALLY green. Was I not supposed to add the green of the onion? Yours doesn't look green. I tasted it, though and it tastes great. I'm just wondering if I did something wrong. Thanks!

  7. Dresden–that onion trick sounds amazing! I'll have to try it next time!

    Rachel–I actually just use regular ol' yellow mustard, although I'm sure Dijon would be fabulous. The original recipe actually called for mustard powder, I just hardly ever have that on hand.

  8. Question- dijon or yellow mustard? Would think the first- but what do I know?
    Would love a version of Rasberry Vinaigrette (although the Red Wine Vinaigrette sounds amazing!).

  9. I have a dressing almost exactly like this one that I've been using for years and LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! One suggestion that my mom and I do. With the red onion used for the salad we would chop it up and marinade it in the salad dressing for about an hour before serving the salad-divine!

  10. Just found our site thru a friend & I'm hooked! Love the easy recipes & PICTURES! Such a help. Thanks!

  11. I love this recipe. It is awesome on pasta salad!! I have substituted the green onion for a small onion and you blend it with the other ingredients. YUM!

  12. I tried your buttermilk pancake syrup Sunday. Out of the four who eat syrup, 2 preferred the maple but the other two LOVED this syrup. My husband even ate extra pancakes because he just loved it. I posted a link on my blog to yours about it.

  13. First of all, this dressing looks SO good. Secondly, I love your site! A friend told me about it a couple weeks ago and after perusing for a bit, I wanted to make everything. I've made four things so far and all were absolute sucesses. The pizza rolls were a kid favorite, and my husband was hoarding the chipolte beef taquitos. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  15. In Texas, our family uses poppy seed dressing almost exclusively on fruit salads – no greens or veggies allowed!

    My favorite fruit salad includes peaches, strawberries, grapes, and bananas. I omit the melon that the rest of my family likes – yuck!

  16. I love this salad dressing. Great for salad-I love adding in fruit with this type of dressing too!

  17. Chad.Megan.Ben–I only buy the most expensive, exclusive, organic green onions–that's why they look the way they do.


    It's a Walmart green onion.

    LMcBurney–You could definitely make it without a blender. Just finely chop the onion and then either vigorously whisk the oil in (while you pour it very slowly) or just be at peace with the fact that your dressing may separate. 🙂

  18. I love poppy seed dressing. I wonder if I could make it? I don't have a blender. Can you believe it? I did find one on overstock.com at a good price so I ordered it. I will start with making this dressing then who knows what I will make from you recipes?!

  19. My husband is always asking for salad for dinner. LOL He likes to have something light every once in a while. My 6 year old daughters fav food is salad so I can't wait for the recipe!

  20. Sounds so yummy! Can't wait to see the salad recipe – I've been thinking lately that I need to have more stuff on hand for MY lunches…something a little more "grown-up" than the PBJ or mac & cheese than my kids are also eating! And I think my hubby would also rather I didn't use the recipe for dinner. 😉

  21. I have this recipe and make it all the time! People love it and are suprised when I tell them that I made it. They are even more suprised when they see the ingredient list. (Mustard, onion-cuz you can't taste it.) Its just one tasty combo!

  22. Salad dressing is so easy to make. People are always impressed with homemade dressing too :o)

    Looking forward to salad ideas. I never make salad though I like it. The greens always go bad before I can use all of them.

  23. Yum yum yum, I can't wait to try this- I love poppyseed dressing!

    Also Kate, I really think we need to post the great RAP that someone wrote to enter the Wilton giveaway! That cracked me up!