Friday, August 19, 2011

Poppyseed Dressing

I really like poppyseed dressing, and recently decided to try making it myself. It was a success! I had all the ingredients on hand, and it was really quick to throw together. You could make it with either a food processor or a blender. It's a little tart, which makes it good with sweet things (like fruit).

I've had this with a spinach strawberry salad, and with my version of an AWESOME salad from Panera (Strawberry Poppyseed & Chicken Salad: Grilled chicken, romaine, fresh strawberries, fresh blueberries, fresh pineapple, Mandarin oranges, pecans & fat-free poppyseed dressing). It didn't separate in the fridge for several days, and even after it did, all it takes is a quick stir and it's back together again. The batch I made 3 weeks ago is still good, so it'll keep for at least that long. (Update- my current batch is over a month old, and still doing just fine!)

Poppyseed Dressing
Printable version here

1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup vinegar (I used 1/4 cup each white & apple cider vinegar)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dry mustard*
1 tsp. onion powder*
1 cup oil (such as canola)
1 tbsp. poppy seeds

In a blender or food processor, combine sugar, vinegar, salt, mustard and onion powder and process for 20 seconds. With blender or food processor on high, gradually add oil in a slow, steady stream. Stir in poppy seeds. Store in refrigerator.

*You can substitute 1 tbsp. prepared mustard for the dry mustard
*If you don't have onion powder, you could substitute a small amount of minced onion, or skip it

Recipe courtesy of

Why I love it? It's cheaper than store-bought dressing, and there's no preservatives or artificial colors. It's just a good, sweet/tangy dressing! :)

1 comment:

  1. Have you ever tried it with prepared mustard? The dry mustard is the only ingredient I don't have but I've been wanting to try it. The main difference between this one and the one I've been making is a little pepper and some sliced green onions. Maybe I'll send you the recipe sometime and you can try it as well. :) Tiph