This Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe is sweet, tangy, and perfect for all your favorite salads. It only takes a few minutes to prep and you’ll never go back to a store-bought version again!

Why You’ll Love This Poppy Seed Salad Dressing

  1. Quick and Easy – Just combine the ingredients, whisk, and you’re done! You can have a delicious dressing in just a few minutes. 
  2. Customizable – Unlike store-bought dressings, you can mix and match different ingredients to suit your preference and make this recipe your own. Add more sweetness or more lemon juice – you get to choose!
  3. Meal Prep-Friendly – You can make a big batch, and keep it in the fridge to use for a few weeks at a time.
dressing ingredients in small bowls

Recipe Ingredients 

Lemon Juice and Zest: This adds the perfect delicious brightness to the dressing.

Olive Oil: Forms the base of the dressing. Be sure to use a high-quality olive oil that you really enjoy the taste of for this recipe. 

Dijon Mustard: I like to include a little Dijon mustard to emulsify the ingredients and add some delicious flavor.  

Honey: For the perfect amount of sweetness. Feel free to substitute maple syrup if that’s what you prefer. 

Salt & Pepper: Add salt to suit your tastebuds and plenty of fresh cracked black pepper.

Poppy seeds: The star of the show! These add a slightly nutty taste and a bit of texture.

Helpful Kitchen Tools 

  • Small Bowl or Jar
  • Whisk 
  • Measuring Cups 
  • Measuring Spoons
dressing ingredients in small bowl with whisk

How to Make This Poppyseed Dressing Recipe

Step One: Add all the dressing ingredients to a small mixing bowl or a mason jar with a lid. 

Step Two: Whisk or shake the ingredients until well combined, smooth, and creamy. 

How to Store

Store this poppyseed dressing in an airtight container or jar in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. Shake or stir to redistribute all the ingredients when you’re ready to eat. 

I do not recommend freezing this dressing as it will clump and separate when thawing. 

Ways to Use

Use this poppy seed salad dressing with pretty much all your favorite salad recipes. Some of my favorite options include: 

salad in bowl with dressing

More Delicious Homemade Dressings

I hope you give this Poppyseed Dressing recipe a try! They are so easy to make and delicious! If you do give this recipe a try, let me know! Leave a comment with a star rating below. You can also snap a photo & tag @allthehealthythings on INSTAGRAM. Your reviews and ratings help support All the Healthy Things and make it possible for me to continue to create the recipes you trust and love.

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poppy seed dressing in small bowl with whisk

Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing

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  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 3/4 cup 1x
  • Category: Condiments
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This Poppyseed Dressing Recipe is sweet, tangy, and perfect for all your favorite salads. Prepare it in minutes, and you’ll never go back to store-bought dressings again! 


  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds


  1. Add all of the dressing ingredients to a small mixing bowl or mason jar with a lid.
  2. Whisk or shake the ingredients together until well combined, smooth, and creamy.
  3. Store in an air-tight container.

Recipe by: Ashlea Carver / All the Healthy Things | Photography by: Eat Love Eat

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