Creamy Poppyseed Dressing

Fruit Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing copyWMThis sweet and tangy dressing is delicious and great on just about any salad, whether it is a simple green salad, a fruit salad or even chicken salad.   It can be made in a blender, shaken in a tightly sealed jar or in a bowl with a wire whisk.  You can make it right before you dress the salad or up to 5 days in advance.  The other benefit of making your own salad dressing is that you can decrease the sugar, omit the onion, use any flavored vegetable oil and add yogurt for a creamy version; it is totally up to you.

I don’t always make my own dressing, but sometimes it’s difficult to find a bottled salad dressing that is just right.  Do you generally buy or make your own salad dressing or are you like me and it is a combination of the two?


  • 1/3 Cup Rice Wine or Cider Vinegar
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • 2 tsp. Onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. Dry Mustard or Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Yogurt, plain, optional
  • 2 tsp. Poppy Seeds


  1. The steps are essentially the same whether you use a blender, jar or a bowl.
  2. The following are the steps used for making the dressing in a blender.
  3. Combine vinegar, sugar, onion, mustard and salt and blend for 15 seconds.
  4. Gradually add oil while blender is running.
  5. Blend in plain yogurt, if desired.
  6. Stir in the poppy seeds (do not blend).
  7. Serve alongside the salad to allow each person the opportunity to choose how much to use or dress the salad lightly just before serving.


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  1. Gail: This look so yummy! I can’t wait to try it. I like how you suggested the different ways we could change this up. I am mostly a buy it dressing gal but if I can get a good dressing, I will make it. They usually are not hard! Thanks for sharing.

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