Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

Skip store bought salad dressing! This delicious homemade lemon poppy seed dressing is crazy easy to make with just a few tasty ingredients!

Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

We are all about homemade salad dressing around here!

It’s an easy way to bring life to any salad, and much healthier than the preservative packed bottles they sell in stores.

The oils they used in grocery store dressings are usually the bottom-of-the-barrel type and the least healthy ones to be slathering your veggies with

For that reason, I love to use avocado oil in my homemade dressing recipes. It’s super healthy and mild in flavor, so it compliments pretty much everything!

Lemon Poppy Seed Salad Dressing with Spinach Salad

This rockin’ restaurant style poppy seed dressing has been a family favorite of ours for a while.

It’s a perfect balance of flavors with a kiss of sweetness and lots of lemon flavor to brighten up even the most simple of salads.

You can add it to fresh spring mix salad, spinach salads, and even kale salad for the ultimate flavor upgrade!

Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

Make a little… or a lot! This dressing is easily doubled or tripled for a crowd so feel free to make as much as you need.

Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing
5 from 3 votes

Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

Skip the store! This delicious homemade lemon poppy seed dressing is crazy easy to make with just a few tasty ingredients!

Course Dressing
Cuisine American
Keyword Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 163 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin – Peas and Crayons


  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 TBSP minced sweet yellow onion or shallot
  • 2 TBSP honey or sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/3 cup avocado oil
  • 1/2 TBSP poppy seeds


  1. Blend lemon juice, onion, honey/sugar, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper in a blender until smooth.

  2. Stream avocado oil slowly into the mixture while blender is running to fully incorporate.

  3. Add poppy seeds and pulse blender a few times, just to mix seeds into the dressing. You can also use an immersion blender or food processor if needed. Adjust salt, pepper, and sweetnes to taste if desired.

  4. Set dressing in the fridge to chill for a few minutes if a chilled dressing is preferred. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Recipe yields approx. 10 tablespoons of dressing.

Store leftover dressing in the fridge in an airtight container. (I keep min in a lidded mason jar)

Nutrition Facts below are estimated per 2 TBSP serving using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 163 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 123mg5%
Potassium 13mg0%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

If you get a chance to try this lemon poppy seed dressing recipe, let me know!

Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!

Delicious Dressing Recipes

I recently perfected my restaurant-style Buttermilk Ranch Dressing recipe and if you love ranch, it’s a MUST try!

Here are some other favorites to add to your arsenal:

For more tasty options, check out my Mason Jar Salad Dressing post or my recipe roundup of 28 tasty homemade salad dressings!

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  • Beth

    5 stars
    This recipe looks amazing! I love fresh dressing over a salad – helps me feel so healthy!

  • Gina

    5 stars
    This dressing is my new favorite!

    • So happy to hear it! Thanks, Gina!

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