Poppy Seed Dressing

Sweet Poppy Seed Dressing is made with just 6 pantry staples! With its light, sweet, and tangy taste, this homemade dressing is an easy way to add an extra layer of flavor to your favorite salads!

Poppy seeds in a jar of salad dressing.

Poppy Seed Salad Dressing

This dressing is an incredibly delicious and flavorful way to dress up any salad.

This homemade recipe uses red wine vinegar, ground mustard, honey, olive oil, and a couple of other pantry ingredients, making it quick and easy to prepare.

It pairs particularly well with fruit and vegetable salads such as Spinach Strawberry Salad and Blackberry Arugula Salad.

How to Make Sweet Poppy Seed Dressing:

See the recipe card below for the ingredient amounts and full instructions.

  1. Using a jar with a sealable lid (or a bowl and whisk), combine the olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, poppy seeds, ground mustard, and salt.
Olive oil added to a jar of salad dressing ingredients.
  1. Taste, and adjust ingredients if desired.
  2. Serve over your favorite salad.
Poppy seed dressing in a jar.

How to Store This Salad Dressing:

Room Temperature: Store leftover dressing in a sealed jar at room temperature for up to 1 to 2 days. Ideally, you’d want to use the dressing as soon as it’s made to retain freshness.

What can you use instead of honey?

If you don’t want to use honey, substitute it with agave syrup, pure maple syrup, or granulated sugar. If using sugar, start with small amounts and adjust according to taste.

Using a sweetener other than honey causes a change in color and taste.

Is poppy seed dressing like Caesar dressing?

No, poppy seed salad dressing is not like Caesar dressing. Poppy seed salad dressing typically includes oil, vinegar, sugar or honey, and poppy seeds as its primary ingredients.

On the other hand, Caesar dressing is made of mayonnaise, lemon juice, anchovies, and Worcestershire sauce. While some varieties of poppy seed dressing are creamy, it’s not the same as Caesar dressing.

What can you use in place of red wine vinegar?

In place of red wine vinegar, you could try using white wine vinegar or champagne vinegar. Keep in mind that using a different vinegar alters the taste and color of the dressing.

Pink colored salad dressing in a jar.

Where do you buy poppy seeds?

Poppy seeds can be purchased at most grocery stores, health food stores, and online retailers like Amazon. They usually come in small containers or bags and are typically found near the herbs and spices section.

What can you make with leftover poppy seeds?

There are tons of recipes that use poppy seeds. We love our Lemon Poppy Seed Scone recipe.

Others include Lemon Poppy Pound Cake, Poppy Seed Chicken Salad Sandwich Wraps, Sweet Potato Fries with Poppy Seed Mayo, or Poppy Seed Muffins to name a few.

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Side view of a jar of salad dressing with poppy seeds.

Poppy Seed Dressing

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Author: Kim
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings


  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ to ⅓ cup red wine vinegar, *See note.
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste


  • Place all the ingredients into a jar with a sealable lid. Shake to combine.
    ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
    ¼ to ⅓ cup red wine vinegar
    ¼ cup honey
    1 teaspoon poppy seeds
    1 teaspoon ground mustard
    ½ teaspoon salt
  • Taste, and adjust ingredients if desired.
  • Serve over your favorite salad. Scroll up and see the post for storage recommendations and FAQs.


*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 2 tablespoons. Actual calories will vary.
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.
*This dressing is sweet. We recommend starting with 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar and adding 1 tablespoon at a time if needed to balance out the sweetness.


Serving: 2tablespoonsCalories: 156kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 0.2gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gSodium: 147mgPotassium: 13mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 0.1IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 7mgIron: 0.2mg

Nutrition Disclaimer

Kim and John Vargo of More Than Meat and Potatoes and its affiliates are not dieticians or nutritionists. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If preferred, use your favorite online nutrition calculator to double check the amounts. Calories and other nutritional values can vary based on brand and serving size.

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