Poppy Seed Dressing

One of my favorite throw-together-quickly lunches involves topping a bed of greens with whatever fruit I have (berries, grapes, mandarin slices, etc.), a big handful of cooked pasta, and drizzle of dressing. That’s it. Super simple, super filling, and overall pretty dang healthy. And one of my very favorite (and easy to make at home) dressings is poppy seed dressing. It’s bright and flavorful and I love it on almost any random salad ingredients I end up using.

Personally, my favorite poppy seed dressing is similar to Caesar dressing in that it involves egg yolks. However, if raw egg yolks freak you out, I get it! I have an alternative option for you that is very similar and it can easily became a vegan option, so that’s pretty cool. But, I must admit that I do love the richness that egg yolks bring to this poppy seed dressing.

I’d love to hear what your favorite quick and easy lunch recipes are! I am always looking for something delicious but won’t take much time to make during the work week. xo. Emma

5 from 2 votes

Poppy Seed Dressing

Servings 4


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 2 egg yolks*
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds


  1. In a food processor, combine the sugar, yolks, vinegar or lemon juice, mustard, salt, garlic powder and onion powder. Give that a pulse so everything is combined. Then while the processor is running slowly, drizzle in the oil. Last, add the poppy seeds and give that just one more pulse to combine.

  2. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. If the poppy seeds settle, just give the dressing a good shake before using.

Recipe Notes

*If you're not feeling the egg yolks, you can substitute 2 tablespoons mayo (even a vegan mayo if you prefer). If you do, you can just combine all the ingredients in a jar, add a lid, and shake until well combined. Without the yolks, there isn't as much need to slowly drizzle in the oil.

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
  • What a beautiful combination, I bet it tastes super fresh! Definitely trying this this summer!

  • 5 stars
    This looks so yummy! I need to try this asap. Thanks for sharing, happy easter!!


  • Loved this recipe. I needed to make a salad dressing in a hurry. This was the first recipe I came to and I thought I would give it a try since I had all the ingredients on hand. Made it just as it is and my friends loved it. Most poppyseed dressings we have bought are very sweet and this one is on the slightly tangy side and not so supper sweet, which is why I will make this again. Thanks!

  • I love homemade dressings with mustard in the base. I never thought about poppyseed dressing though! Can’t wait to make this for the Easter salad!

  • Just in time for summer! I’m going to start making my own salad dressings this year. This will be the first one I try! 🙂 ❤️

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

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