Home > Dressings, Dips, & Sauces > Salad Dressings > Poppy Seed Dressing Poppy Seed Dressing January 1, 2022 | 1 Comment SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. This is our favorite creamy Poppy Seed Dressing! This dressing is thick and creamy with the perfect amount of sweetness and brightened with pops of lemon zest and crackly, crunchy poppy seeds. Poppy Seed Dressing This homemade Poppy Seed Dressing is our all-time favorite! As a self-declared salad dressing addict, poppy seed dressing was a recipe I had to get *just* right. And although it’s taken many tweaks and adjustments over the years to get it perfect, the work was worth it! This recipe is my idea of a perfect poppyseed dressing — creamy, rich, sweet, and nuanced in flavor. It’s quickly become one of the most frequently made dressings at my home. And I can’t wait for you all to try it out! What is poppyseed dressing made of? Mayonnaise. Use a good mayonnaise for the dressing — the better the mayo, the better the dressing will taste. I love Hellman’s/Best Foods® (not sponsored) since it has a rich flavor without being overly sweet or tangy. It really is the best mayo for this dressing! Whole milk and heavy cream. We use a mix of whole milk and heavy cream for this dressing. If you’d prefer to only purchase one ingredient, half and half will work just fine in place of both the milk and cream. (Half and half is half heavy cream and half milk, usually found in the dairy section of the grocery store.) Apple cider vinegar. This vinegar offers a nice and needed balance in the dressing. White sugar. Sugar contributes to the sweetness of the dressing; a little goes a long way! We did test this dressing with honey and found we didn’t like this alternative nearly as much. Lemon zest. Unlike most dressing recipes that use both the zest and juice of lemons, we only use the zest here. The zest gives the perfect brightness to the dressing without making the dressing taste overly lemony. Salt and pepper. No dressing is complete without salt and pepper, and this creamy dressing is no exception. Add to taste preference remembering that an extra pinch can be the difference between a good and a stellar dressing! Poppy seeds. An obvious addition to this poppyseed dressing. I mean, come on, you can’t have poppy seed dressing without poppy seeds! Most grocery stores sell poppy seeds in the spice aisle; another place to check is the baking aisle. QUICK TIP When zesting the lemon, avoid the white pith of the lemon — this is very bitter. Using a microplane (like this one) zest only the very outside yellow part of the lemon for this recipe. VARIATIONS Healthier Poppy Seed Dressing If you’re looking for a more nutritious or lite poppy seed dressing, we have tested an alternative we thoroughly enjoy. It’s not nearly as thick, creamy, or indulgent tasting as the recipe we’re sharing today, but it’s still delicious! Combine the following ingredients in a small blender: 1/4 cup 1% low-fat milk 1/3 cup reduced-fat mayo (Hellman’s/Best Foods® here as well) 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest 2 tablespoons white sugar Salt and pepper to taste Once blended, stir in 1 teaspoon of poppy seeds and enjoy this lighter poppy seed dressing recipe! Recipes Using Poppy Seed Dressing We love drizzling this Poppy Seed Dressing on as many recipes as we can! Here are a few ways to use it: Costco Kale Salad Strawberry Poppy seed Salad Lemon Poppy seed Broccoli Salad Blackberry Salad Other ideas: Try it as a fruit dip — think banana or melon slices, even apple wedges would be tasty! Try blending it together with other fruity vinaigrettes to create a new delicious dressing. Add it to a slaw (think broccoli slaw with nuts, dried cranberries, and chopped apples). Drizzle on pasta or chicken salad. Add it as a sauce for fish tacos that are topped with mango salsa. STORAGE Poppy Seed Dressing Storage The prepared dressing will stay fresh for up to a week stored in an airtight container (we like to store it in a glass jar) in the fridge. Give it a good stir before using! More dressing recipes: Citrus Vinaigrette with fresh lemon and orange juice Honey Mustard Salad Dressing on a chicken and avocado salad Lemon Vinaigrette with fresh lemon juice and zest Creamy Balsamic Dressing topping a Cobb salad Raspberry Vinaigrette Salad atop mixed greens with berries FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Poppyseed Dressing 5 from 2 votes - Review this recipe This is our favorite creamy Poppy Seed Dressing! This dressing is thick and creamy with the perfect amount of sweetness and is brightened with pops of lemon zest and crackly, crunchy poppy seeds. SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Poppyseed Dressing 5 from 2 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe This is our favorite creamy Poppy Seed Dressing! This dressing is thick and creamy with the perfect amount of sweetness and is brightened with pops of lemon zest and crackly, crunchy poppy seeds. Course Salad, Vegetarian Cuisine American Keyword poppy seed dressing, poppyseed dressing Prep Time 15 minutes Total Time 15 minutes Servings 8 Calories 91kcal Cost $1.43 IngredientsRegular (Ultra Thick, Creamy, & Rich) Poppyseed Dressing1/3 cup full-fat mayonnaise (Best Foods/Hellman's recommended)2 tablespoons whole milk Note 12 tablespoons heavy cream2 tablespoons white sugar1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar1/2 teaspoon lemon zestpinch fine sea salt and pepper1 teaspoon poppy seedsLite Poppyseed Dressing1/4 cup 1% low-fat milk1/3 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise (Best Foods/Hellmans recommended)1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar1/2 teaspoon lemon zest2 tablespoons white sugarpinch fine sea salt and pepper1 teaspoon poppy seeds InstructionsDRESSING: Combine all of the ingredients, except the poppy seeds, in a small blender jar or food processor and process until combined. Taste and adjust any flavors to personal preference. (If you'd like a sweeter dressing, add an additional 1-2 tablespoons white sugar.) Stir in the poppy seeds. Store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to serve.STORAGE: Dressing will stay fresh for up to a week stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Give it a good stir before using! Recipe NotesNote 1: We use a mix of whole milk and heavy cream for this dressing. If you'd prefer to only purchase one ingredient, half and half will work just fine in place of both the milk and cream. (Half and half is half heavy cream and half milk, usually found in the dairy section of the grocery store.) Nutrition information is for 2 tablespoons of dressing. The entire recipe makes one cup. The lite version contains 42 calories per serving. Nutrition FactsServing: 1serving | Calories: 91kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 11mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 67IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.