An easy homemade Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe with ingredients you already most likely have in your pantry! Creamy dressing that’s so healthy and loaded with so much flavor.

This dressing pairs great with salads that have fruit in them like this strawberry, nut, feta and spinach salad.

Creamy poppy seed dressing in a container next to a strawberry spinach salad.

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When a homemade salad dressing is as easy as this poppy seed dressing, you don’t need to buy store-bought with so many unnecessary added ingredients. We love serving the dressing with our light Strawberry Spinach Salad – it gives it so much flavor!

The dressing has the perfect balance of tanginess from the balsamic vinegar and dijon mustard, sweetness from the honey while the mayo gives it the creaminess the dressing needs. The olive oil brings the flavors together and the garlic gives it an unexpected pop of flavor. This dressing is irresistibly delicious.

Homemade poppy seed dressing in a glass jar with a bowl of salad behind it.

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The poppy seed dressing is SO EASY AND QUICK to make.

Add all of the ingredients for the salad dressing to a container (or mason jar) and secure it with a lid. Shake dressing until well combined. Refrigerate salad dressing.


  • Balsamic vinegar (can be substituted with lemon for a less pungent taste)
  • Dijon mustard
  • Olive oil
  • Mayonnaise (can be substituted with plain yogurt)
  • Honey
  • Poppy seeds
  • Garlic clove
  • Salt and pepper

How long will the salad dressing last? Because the dressing doesn’t have any additives, use the homemade dressing within 4-5 days. NOTE: Keep dressing refrigerated.

Spinach salad next to a cup of poppy seed dressing.

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Though homemade dressing can feel intimidating, most are so easy to make! We love homemade sauces and dressings, especially since I can control what goes in the dressing, so much healthier than store-bought.

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Top view of a container full of creamy poppy seed dressing.

So. The concept of sweet and savory in one salad is new to me. It’s just not something we grew up eating and I was always too afraid to try the combination.

This dressing I think is the best way to try a salad that is a bit out of your comfort zone as it binds all the flavors of the salad so well! So, anyone else out there like me, GO FOR IT! You won’t regret it.

Poppy Seed Dressing

5 from 2 votes
This Poppy Seed Dressing is the perfect combination for a salad dressing recipe that is a mix of sweet and tangy. The Dijon mustard with Balsamic vinegar, mayo, honey, garlic and poppy seed really work together to great an amazing creamy dressing.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 servings



  • In a dressing jar, combine Balsamic vinegar, oil, Dijon mustard, mayo, honey, poppy seeds, salt, pepper, and minced garlic.
  •  Close the lid and shake dressing vigorously until ingredients are combined.
  • Enjoy the dressing over your favorite salad.


Calories: 139kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 310mgPotassium: 13mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mg
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)