Poppy Seed Salad Dressing – Homemade poppy seed dressing is one of my favorites! In fact, 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 dressing is the result.
It 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. In this salad I tossed together, organic baby spinach, sweet clementines, 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.
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 finely minced shallot or 1/4 cup red onion
1 1/2 tsp dry mustard
1 1/2 tsp coarse sea salt
1 1/2 tsp 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. Yield: 1 1/2 cups
For a time saver, look in the mixed nut section of the 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 this salad, just go with your preference.
Poppy Seed Salad Dressing
- 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 finely minced shallot or 1/4 cup red onion
- 1 1/2 tsp dry mustard
- 1 1/2 tsp coarse sea salt
- 1 1/2 tsp 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.