This creamy poppy seed dressing recipe is the perfect mix of tangy and sweet. I have yet to find a salad that doesn't taste better with this dressing!
The weather is heating up and if you are like me, you find yourself eating more and more salads! I have been making this salad dressing almost every week for over a year and it is hands-down my absolute favorite salad dressing that I make – even better than orange balsamic vinaigrette recipe!
A sweet and tangy blend of flavors, this creamy poppy seed dressing mixes up in just minutes. This recipe will make enough dressing for about 8 or 9 salads (assuming you use about 2 Tbsp dressing per salad) and will keep nicely in the refrigerator for about a week (but it never lasts that long in my house – this recipe makes me WANT to eat more salads!)
Over time, I have been tweaking this recipe – it is really a variation of a homemade salad dressing that my friend makes. Her recipe was very tasty but a little too sweet (she uses twice as much sugar and a little less cider vinegar). I would add more poppy seeds if it were up to me…but then my husband complains about having to pick them out of his teeth!
I have made it by substituting stevia for the sugar (at the request of a friend that was coming to dinner – I used 3 packets in place of the 2 Tbsp sugar, per the Truvia conversion chart) and while my friend liked it, I wasn't that big a fan. But – I haven't used stevia that much in my life – so maybe it is just a different taste that you need to get used to?
Like I said, this creamy poppy seed dressing will work well with almost any salad, but I have come up with the perfect salad blend (for me) that has me craving salad constantly….try making your salad with the following:
- a blend of romaine lettuce, baby spinach (using the spinach that I have been harvesting from my garden) and spring mix
- chopped yellow or red peppers
- cucumber (peeled, with seeds removed)
- chopped red onion
- cherry tomatoes (or grape tomatoes)
- slivered almonds and cranberries (I admit it – I've been lazy and buy the large bag of Almond Accents at Costco)
- a sprinkling of Gorgonzola cheese crumbles (or blue cheese crumbles – just depends what is on sale at the grocery store)
Give this salad blend a try (especially with this dressing) – you will love it!
Scroll down for the recipe!
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 2 Tbsp Milk
- 2 Tbsp sour cream
- 2 Tbsp cider vinegar
- 1 Tbsp poppy seeds (or less, to taste)
- Combine all ingredients in a jar with a lid.
- Secure lid and shake vigorously until completely blended.
- Drizzle over any salad (shake before serving).
- Refrigerate unused portion for up to a week