Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing gives a pop of healthy flavor to so many different foods, salads are only the beginning! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing – 5 everyday ingredients that add up to one powerhouse secret weapon in the kitchen – this vinaigrette wakes up almost anything with a blast of lemon flavor!

Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing is a 5-ingredient wonder --- it makes so many different kinds of foods just pop! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Not many salad dressings merit a post of their very own, but this one is special.  Lemon is king here in TVFGI kitchen…I use it in sweet and savory recipes, and squeeze it in, or on, probably 75% of things I make, in fact I use lemon like other people use salt.  Lemon poppy seed appeals to most people, so it’s a natural choice for entertaining, and the creamy yellow color is so pretty I like to show it off in a cruet or mason jar on the table.

Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

This vinaigrette takes just a minute to mix up and I know you’ll find endless ways to use it.  When I have it the refrigerator I’m so much more likely to make a salad, so it’s the first thing I do whenever I want to drop a few pounds, or just eat healthier.  And I don’t stick to plain old greens, either — this is great with couscous or quinoa, and it makes a killer potato or 7- bean salad, too.

TIP: Fresh lemons can be pricey, so to get the most juice from your fruit, roll them firmly on the counter, and then microwave them for 30 seconds.  Cut in half and use a simple lemon juicer like the one above.  You won’t miss out on one precious drop! (This is especially useful with limes)

Easy 5 ingredient Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

This dressing is made with lots of fresh squeezed lemon juice, the best olive oil you’ve got, a little bit of mustard, honey, and of course, poppy seeds.  My gorgeous lemons are from the historic Limoneira ranch, one of the oldest citrus growers in America.

TIP: The best way to store lemons is not on the counter, but sealed in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.  They’ll keep up to a month that way.

Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

Yield: makes 1 cup of dressing

Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing


  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp mustard
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp poppy seeds


  1. Put everything into a jar and blend with an immersion blender, or shake vigorously. You can also use a food processor or a blender to get a good emulsion, too, but an immersion blender is the easiest. Taste to adjust any of the ingredients.
  2. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


  • Use this same formula with other citrus like pink grapefruit, lime, orange, or blood orange.
  • Add 1/4 cup of buttermilk or sour cream to this recipe for a creamy lemon poppy seed dressing.


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Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing - the 5-ingredient wonder that makes everything better! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com


other poppy seed dressings to try ~

Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing  from Culinary Hill ~ this one is made with red wine vinegar for a rosy tone.

Honey Mustard Poppy Seed Dressing from Barefeet in the Kitchen is made with mayo along with honey and mustard.

Strawberry Lime Poppy Seed Vinaigrette from Cupcakes & Kale Chips is tangy and a beautiful pink color.

Balsamic Poppy Seed Dressing from The Mama’s Girls is a robust version made with balsamic vinegar.

Blackberry Poppy Seed Vinaigrette from Will Cook for Smiles ~  this one is super yummy, made with fresh blackberries.

Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing from Chef in Training is extra rich, made with half and half!


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26 Responses to Minimal Monday: Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

  1. Pent says:

    Hi Sue,
    Thank you for the recipe. But I have a question, can I use Dijon mustard? Or what kind of mustard do you use?
    Thank you so much!

  2. Poppyseeds in general are one of my favorites. I like it. Thanks for your post

  3. Oh wow, I learned so much about lemons today from the Citrus Queen! I didn’t know you should microwave them and I always store mine on the counter. That’s changing today because food is almost 40% more expensive here in Canada and I’m paying a fortune for my lemons and limes (99 cents each!)
    I can’t wait to try this :)

  4. Such a great dressing, Sue! I want to spoon this over everything!

  5. This dressing sounds fantastic Sue and it’s also so pretty to look at. Poppy seeds are so appealing and add a fancy touch!

  6. Rachel says:

    To clarify, do you use mustard powder or the condiment? Thanks!

  7. Good to know about the best way to store lemons. We buy them in bulk because it’s usually the cheapest option and they always spoil before we use them all.

    This dressing looks delicious!

  8. Helen Pierce says:

    A woman after my own heart! I also use lemons in just about everything that I cook! The only difference is that I don’t like sweet for my vegetable salads or meats – no honey, no sugar, no sweetener – other flavors, yes! Love your ideas and recipes – Thank you!

  9. I have everything I need and am eager to try this! I love using lemons too. Just last night, I kept thinking my food needed something, so I squeezed some lemon over it, and voila!

  10. cheri says:

    My husband and I had a salad with poppy seed dressing at a restaurant this week-end and he said to me “can you find a recipe for poppy dressing? Thanks, Sue perfect timing!

  11. I agree how this can take a salad up a notch, or almost anything for that matter! So useful and versatile!

  12. This looks delicious! I use lemon a lot but I’ve never made a lemon poppy salad dressing. We also eat salads every day so this is perfect. Great post!

  13. I love lemon poppyseed! Poppyseeds in general are one of my favorites. This looks delicious and so refreshing!

  14. What a vibrant, beautiful dressing!

  15. Catherine says:

    Dear Sue, this sounds like a wonderful salad dressing…I just love the lemon and poppyseed. Perfect for all my summer salads. xo, Catherine

  16. This will go really well with almost all the salads! Thanks for sharing, Sue.

  17. I love this dressing and all your wonderful tips too! I always roll lemons on the counter but forget to microwave them. Do you put them in at 100% power? Love the storage tip too – I bet this is tasty on salads and even other vegetables like broccoli. Thanks!

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