Homemade Poppy Seed Salad Dressing features a tangy apple cider vinegar which gives a delicious tartness to counter balance the sweetness of the dressing. It's especially good served with a spinach salad that includes seasonal fruit.
Poppy Seed Salad Dressing
There's a restaurant here in town, that has a dinner spinach salad that is my absolute favorite. I order it every time we go there to eat, and the servers know when they see me, what I'm going to have. It's become a bit of a running joke. Wanting to recreate that dining experience at home, I began experimenting with flavor combinations and this homestyle poppy seed dressing is the result. It's so nice to be able to pronounce each ingredient and know exactly what's going into the dressing. It also gives you the distinct advantage of controlling the amount of sweetness or sodium.
How to Combine the Perfect Salad for Poppy Seed Dressing
In this salad I tossed together, organic baby spinach, sweet clementine's, crunchy red onion slices and grape tomatoes. I topped it off with a sprinkle of blue cheese and candied nuts. Drizzle some of this homemade dressing on top, and I'm in heaven.
- For a time saver, check the mixed nut section of your local grocery store for candied nuts. They have several varieties to choose from and they usually include candied almonds, walnuts and pecans. Any of these are terrific sprinkled on a salad, just go with your preference.
- This dressing can be used on any of your favorite salad recipes.
- Other homemade dressing recipes you'll find in the MSSK recipe index are garlic herb buttermilk dressing, homemade avocado lime ranch and green goddess dressing.
- You may also like to try honey mustard poppyseed dressing from Barefeet in the Kitchen.
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Poppy Seed Salad Dressing
- ⅓ cup apple cider vinegar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 finely minced shallot or ¼ cup red onion
- 1 ½ teaspoon dry mustard
- 1 ½ teaspoon coarse sea salt
- 1 ½ teaspoon poppy seeds
- 1 cup canola oil
- Combine the first 5 ingredients in a blender.
- Reserve the poppy seeds and oil.
- Puree for 20-30 seconds until the ingredients are smooth.
- Remove the lid, lower the speed of the blender and add the poppy seeds.
- Drizzle in the Canola oil slowly while the blender processes the dressing. Continue until the mixture emulsifies and thickens.
- Chill until serving.