Lemon Poppy Seed Salad Dressing

Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

With my Lemon Poppy Seed Salad Dressing you’re just 5 everyday ingredients away from my best secret weapon in the kitchen – this lemon 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

lemon poppy seed dressing is super versatile

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!

When I have this dressing in 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 an amazing potato salad or 7- bean salad, too. 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

what you’ll need for lemon poppy seed dressing

  • olive oil ~ this is when you want to pull out the good stuff: use extra virgin.
  • lemon juice ~ absolutely positively has to be fresh.
  • mustard ~ the kind is up to you, I use a creamy Dijon.
  • honey ~ brings a touch of sweetness to the dressing.
  • poppy seeds ~ they’re so pretty and provide quite a crunch.
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let’s make it

This vinaigrette takes just a minute to mix up and I know you’ll find endless ways to use it.

  1. Put everything into a jar and blend with an immersion blender.
  2. Taste to adjust any of the ingredients to your liking.
Easy 5 ingredient Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

pro tips for using lemons

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)

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 juice can be frozen for later use. Fill an ice cube tray with fresh squeezed juice and freeze. Then pop the cubes into a zip lock freezer bag. They’ll stay fresh for months.

4 fresh ingredients make this quick and zesty Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

lemon + poppy seeds = delish!

a pitcher of homemade lemon poppy seed dressing
3.34 from 197 votes

Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

Course condiment
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 16 servings
Calories 98kcal
Author Sue Moran


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


  • 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.
  • Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Cook’s notes

  • 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.


Serving: 1Tbsp | Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 10mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
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  • Reply
    Helen Pierce
    August 15, 2016 at 11:20 am

    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!

    • Reply
      August 15, 2016 at 12:17 pm

      We’re soulmates Helen!

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    Andrea @ Cooking with Mamma C
    August 15, 2016 at 10:35 am

    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!

    • Reply
      August 15, 2016 at 12:17 pm

      I do that all the time, too. When I run out of lemons I get crazy!

  • Reply
    August 15, 2016 at 10:32 am

    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!

    • Reply
      August 15, 2016 at 12:18 pm

      It’s so funny about poppy seed dressings…they just seem to be universally appealing.

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    Katherine | Omnivore's Cookbook
    August 15, 2016 at 9:35 am

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

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    Denise Wright
    August 15, 2016 at 9:30 am

    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!

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    Sophia | Veggies Don't Bite
    August 15, 2016 at 9:06 am

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

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    Jennifer Farley
    August 15, 2016 at 8:46 am

    What a vibrant, beautiful dressing!

  • Reply
    August 15, 2016 at 8:31 am

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

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    August 15, 2016 at 8:14 am

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

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    August 15, 2016 at 4:13 am

    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!

    • Reply
      August 15, 2016 at 7:15 am

      yeah, full power, and it really does make a difference, I use a TON of lemons, so take it from me 😉

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