Healthy Poppy Seed Salad Dressing is a lovely sweet and tangy topping for fresh greens and fruit, like Strawberry Spinach Salad. This recipe makes it easy to create your homemade condiment. Free from refined sugars, it's a healthful addition to your plate.
My Favorite Salad Dressing
Whenever I've eaten out lately, my salad dressing of choice has been poppy seed. I assume that it's been loaded with sugar, but it's been my little guilty pleasure. After all, I reasoned, I was only having it occasionally and I don't eat large quantities of salad dressing.
At some point it occurred to me to try to make a healthier version of poppy seed salad dressing at home. I was thrilled with how well it turned out and how much it tastes like the commercial varieties!
- Avocado Oil - has many health benefits, including healthy fats and antioxidants. I've used it here because it has a more neutral flavour than olive oil.
- Apple Cider Vinegar - an ancient health remedy
- Raw Honey - possesses antibacterial properties and antioxidants
For the exact amounts and detailed recipe instructions, scroll down to the end of this post, or click the Jump to Recipe button at the top.
It's easy to make this refined sugar free poppy seed salad dressing recipe at home!
I use my blender to make my dressing smooth and creamy. To emulsify everything except the poppy seeds, I run it on low speed until it automatically turns off (45 seconds for my Blendtec.) I want the poppy seeds to remain whole, so I mix them in afterwards.
If you don't have a blender, just shake all of the ingredients together in a jar.
When we talk about poppy seeds, the question of opium comes up. According to my research, high quality poppy seeds are harvested when the seed pods are dry. Opium is traditionally harvested when the seed pods are green. The seeds of other types of poppies are grown for flowers. I have enjoyed these in my flower gardens for several years.
Poppy seeds can contain trace amounts of opiates, mostly due to residue from the sap. However, according to Christopher S. Baird, assistant professor of physics at West Texas A&M University, as quoted to HuffPost, the seeds do not “have a drug effect on humans that are eating typical amounts of poppy seeds.” However, they could show up in a drug test, so be careful when you eat them!
Homemade poppy seed dressing with keep at least a couple of weeks, stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
For a nice, thick, creamy dressing, add the vinegar, honey, onion powder, mustard, and salt to a blender. Run it at low speed while you add the oil in a slow, steady stream. Once the oil is all in, stir in poppy seeds by hand.
A blender or electric hand mixer with a whisk attachment will give you a nice, creamy emulsion to which you can then stir in the poppy seeds.
However, if you don't have a blender, you can simply shake all of the ingredients together in a jar for a golden vinaigrette.
Other Refined Sugar Free Salad Dressings You Might Like:
Poppy Seed Salad Dressing
- ¾ cup avocado oil
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup raw honey
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- Combine the vinegar, honey, onion, mustard, and salt in a blender and process at low speed for 45 seconds while you very slowly pour in the oil in a steady stream. Pour dressing into the jar you'll be using to store it.
- Add poppy seeds to the dressing in the jar and shake or stir to combine.
- If you don't have a blender, you can simply combine all of the ingredients in a jar and shake it well.
- For a nice, thick, creamy dressing, add the vinegar, honey, onion powder, mustard, and salt to the blender. Run it at low speed while you add the oil in a slow, steady stream. Once the oil is all in, stir in poppy seeds by hand.