The ingredients for poppy seed salad dressing are vinegar, sugar, shallots, and poppy seeds combined with oil and spices. Poppy seed salad dressing is a mix of sweet and savory that pairs well with spinach and strawberry salad, and it is a good addition to summer coleslaw and works as a chicken marinade.
To make poppy seed salad dressing, start with 1/4 cup of white vinegar or champagne vinegar. Whisk the vinegar with 1/4 cup sugar until dissolved. Finely grate a small shallot into the vinegar and sugar mixture. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of poppy seeds, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon of ground mustard and whisk.
As you whisk the mixture, slowly pour 1/2 cup of olive oil or grapeseed oil into the bowl until fully combined. Using grapeseed oil gives the dressing a milder taste, but a combination of 1/4 cup of each is a great mix. For a creamier dressing whisk in 2 teaspoons of mayonnaise.
Pour the dressing into a covered container, jar or bottle and store in the refrigerator for several weeks. The dressing must be shaken before each use; it separates as it settles.
An alternative recipe that requires less sugar combines 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup of honey, 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard and 1 tablespoon of poppy seeds. Mix the ingredients together with 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt and a dash of pepper. Slowly whisk in 1/3 cup of vegetable oil before storing in a covered container.