Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing

by lydia on July 13, 2010

I no longer purchase store bought salad dressing. Now that I  just make my own, I don’t know why I ever bought it from the store to begin with. It’s so simple, and far more healthful. I’m not sure there is a healthy
salad dressing out there. I highly recommend making all your own salad dressings -it’s one of the easiest first steps you can take towards having a real food kitchen and life.

Creamy poppyseed dressing

Enter little experiment of mine.…… One day, recently, my son asked me why I don’t buy his favorite dressing from the store anymore. He went on and on about how much he loved poppyseed dressing and how he wants it to dip red peppers in. My mind was scheming the whole while he was chattering. I told him I’d pick him some up the next time I went to the store. My plan was to let him have one bottle of the crapola store bought stuff,  and then make homemade dressing and store it in that bottle (at least for awhile, until I knew it was safe to tell him the real deal).  I also wanted to see the ingredients and compare them to what I would use to make my own dressing.

Today, I finally got around to making my version of this beloved dressing for my son. I was pretty happy with how it turned out and with how ridiculously easy it was. Now, all that said, I must rant a bit about the lame ingredients in store bought dressing. There really is no reason to buy them, well except for convenience. Cha-ching, that’s how the industry reels us in folks 😉  Okay, so here’s a little blip for ya!!

This wasn’t the worst bottle of dressing under the sun, but still, it’s full of fillers and things you and I don’t even know what they truly are. Not to mention the canola oil, which I don’t think people realize how bad it is for them. Did you know canola oil comes from a plant called ‘rapeseed’?  I find that name unpleasant enough as it is, but here is an article digging deeper into the dangers and hazards of canola oil.

If all of that information isn’t enough, consider the cost. I don’t know the exact breakdown in price but that dressing was $2.49 a bottle at the store, at home, I am positive it cost less than a dollar.  So, why pay big bucks for junk ingredients in store bought dressing, when you could be saving money and eating healthier fresh dressing at home?  I rest my case.

Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing
Recipe type: Condiment
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons arrowroot (optional)
  • ⅓ cup sour cream, or coconut yogurt (for a dairy-free version)
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  1. In the bowl of a food processor, or in a blender, puree all the ingredients except for the olive oil and poppy seeds.
  2. Slowly stream in the olive oil until it is emulsified.
  3. Stir in the poppy seeds.
  4. Pour into a container and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes for the flavors to meld together.
  5. The arrowroot helps thicken and bind the dressing.
  6. After about a week, the dressing will separate drastically, so be sure to use it up in a week and you may want to shake it well before each use.

I have contributed this post as a part of ‘Real Food Wednesdays‘, go check it out – lots and lots of other real food recipes, thoughts, and ideas! Also, contributed to Make Your Own Monday.

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Lea H @ Nourishing Treasures April 1, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

Check back later tonight when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

Leviana Coccia March 16, 2014 at 2:56 pm

I had this really awesome salad at a family function yesterday evening. It had kale, nuts and shredded cabbage. It was dressed with a kit-style creamy poppy seed dressing. I really wanted to make it for my lunch today but wanted to make the dressing from scratch, for the same reasons you’ve indicated here.

Thanks for this great recipe! It’s currently sitting in my fridge “melding.” I can’t wait to have it tomorrow, and maybe a few other days this week.

Note: I didn’t use arrowroot and I used original Greek yogurt instead of coconut yogurt or sour cream!

lydia March 16, 2014 at 4:11 pm

Awesome – I hope you like it Leviana!

Sandy July 27, 2015 at 9:03 am

That is so funny! I also had the delicious kale and cabbage, etc salad at a function and that’s what prompted me to look for a healthier poppyseed dressing recipe… not that you’ll see this a year later. 😉 How did your recreation turn out?

Leviana Coccia July 27, 2015 at 10:04 am

It was awesome! I actually got an email with your comment! :) Really happy I found this recipe. NOM!

Leviana Coccia July 27, 2015 at 10:03 am

It was SO good!

Megan April 25, 2015 at 1:57 am

I absolutely love this recipe! So good

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