How Do You Make Poppy Seed Salad Dressing?

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.