Honey Poppy Seed Dressing

This honey poppy seed dressing is sweet, slightly tangy and majorly delicious! I put it on just about any salad! A family favorite.

Tis the season for salad eating. Am I right?

It’s January which translates to new resolutions and lots and lots of salads.

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I can’t believe I haven’t shared this dressing with you by now. It’s only been a minor obsession of mine since a few years ago when I first tried it. Back then, I was a strict ranch person with an occasional Greek, Caesar, Italian and Catalina (depending on the salad). My eyes would’ve just skip over something like this at the grocery store. Why? I have no idea.

A few years ago my sisters Kelly, Julie and I flew down south to visit our sister Christine for a long weekend. On one of those blessed days without children we all were sitting outside gabbing and my sister turned out the most fantastical salad I’ve ever seen. It had just about everything and anything in it. Things like salami, bell pepper, pear and mushrooms- you know things my family will never eat alone or mixed together in a salad. It was a hodge-podge salad with literally 16+ different toppings. We made her write down everything in that salad and when we tried to replicate it at home it just wasn’t quite the same. I think it had something to do with somebody else making it for me. Why is that when other people make you food it just tastes BETTER?

Annnnnyway, THE DRESSING! With her salad was a bottle of this amazing poppy seed dressing. I was a little sketchy about trying it because it was white and wasn’t any of the dressings I mentioned above. Back then, I liked what I liked ya know? But I ever so quickly added poppy seed dressing to my list of favs.

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And it’s a cinch to make from scratch.

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Start with a cup of mayo– homemade or store-bought, it’s up to you.

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Next, add in 1/3 cup of honey.

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Then blend until the honey is mixed throughout.

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It’s easier to do it now before you add in the vinegar and milk. Maybe it’s just me, but I always end up whisking too hard and sloshing it over the side of the bowl.

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Next add in 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar.

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And then 1 tablespoon of whole milk.

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Lastly add 1-1/2 tablespoons of poppy seeds.

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Then carefully whisk to combine.

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No salt. No pepper. Just a sweet and mildly tangy Honey Poppy Seed Dressing.

Now wait until you see the salad that I made to go under this dressing. Until tomorrow.

Enjoy! And if you give this Honey Poppy Seed Dressing recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Yield: 1-1/4 cups

Honey Poppy Seed Dressing

Honey Poppy Seed Dressing
Sweet, slightly tangy and majorly delicious!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 cup mayonnaise (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds


  1. In a medium bowl combine mayo and honey.
  2. Add the vinegar, milk and poppy seeds and whisk to combine.
  3. Store in an air-tight container and refrigerate until ready to serve.
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16 Responses to “Honey Poppy Seed Dressing”

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    Ann — January 8, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Can i substitute yogurt for mayonaise in this recipe?

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    Laurie McNamara — January 8, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Hi Ann! I don’t see why not. It could possible change the taste bit but please let me know how it turns out for you! 🙂

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    Jennie+@themessybakerblog — January 8, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Now you have me wanting to power eat salad. This dressing sounds absolutely lovely. Pinned.

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    Millie | Add A Little — January 8, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    This looks great! I love the sweetness of the dressing!

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — January 10, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    This dressing looks like it would go great on every salad known to man!!!! Sign me up for a whole jar! I’m on it!

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    Katie — January 11, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    How long do you think this dressing would last in the fridge? I’m nervous the milk would spoil (even though it is only a small amount) and turn the whole jar of dressing bad faster than I could use it up. Thoughts?

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    Jen — January 22, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    This sounds so good… we’ve been eating a lot of salads lately but I get bored with the same dressing all the time. Also, you’re a tease for making me wait to see the salad you have to go with it!

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    E — March 7, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Thank you, Laurie. My family really enjoys this dressing and I like to keep it available in the fridge. It’s versatile; I use it on a variety of salads.

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    DaniElla — March 18, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    I love this dressing =) I had some leftover crushed pecans, so I decided to add them in. Really amazing flavor!! I’ve mixed up a jar about three times so far and kept it in the fridge.

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    Dawn — June 26, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    I have been looking for THE perfect poppy seed dressing recipe…my search is over!!! Out of three recent recipes this is the one!! Thankyou for sharing.

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    Connie Gregory — March 29, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Hi. When your recipe calls for mayonnaise, do you make your own or buy it? Which brand do you personally like from the store? If you make it do you have a recipe? Thank you.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — March 30th, 2018 @ 8:24 am

      Hi Connie! Both! Sometimes I make it and sometimes I buy it, it really just depends on what I feel like. My family prefers Hellmann’s brand and you can find my recipe for homemade mayonnaise in my cookbook 🙂 http://www.simplyscratch.com/the-book

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    Liza — April 23, 2018 at 12:05 am

    Very Easy,quick a tasty a little sweet and a little tart. Will use recipe again!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — April 23rd, 2018 @ 11:00 am

      I’m so glad you approve, Liza!

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    Cindy Davis — December 16, 2018 at 1:50 am

    This dressing was easy and amazing. Liked the honey so much better than using sugar. Decided to make my own kale salad rather than buying the salad kit for a family dinner. This dressing was better than the one in the kit by far. Thank you for sharing this recipe. It’s a keeper. I will definitely be checking out your other recipes as I prefer to cook from scratch.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — December 19th, 2018 @ 5:03 pm

      I’m SO thrilled to hear that, Cindy! Thank you for taking the time to make this recipe AND leave such a stellar review! ❤️

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