Creamy Poppyseed Dressing

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This creamy sweet poppyseed dressing has had a regular home in our refrigerator for several years now. Sweet and slightly tangy, a dressing speckled with poppy seeds is a must-have staple for us.

A cup of tea sitting on a table, with Salad and Poppy

Homemade Poppyseed Dressing

For years, I bought a store bought poppy seed dressing faithfully. I was brand loyal and swore by that dressing. A while back, I started switching to homemade versions of some of our favorite dressings and decided to see if I could duplicate a poppyseed salad dressing.

With a little tinkering, I came up with this poppyseed dressing recipe. My whole family agreed it was even better than the bottled version; it’s completely replaced the store bought stuff in our house.

Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe

Making creamy and sweet poppy seed dressing at home is as easy as can be. This recipe uses a base of mayonnaise and milk for its creamy base. White wine vinegar and a dash of dried mustard balance the sweetness from white sugar perfectly.

Of course, a couple of heaping spoonfuls of poppyseeds give the dressing its signature flavor and appearance. As easy as it is, there’s always something extra fancy feeling about this Berry Pecan Salad drizzled with creamy poppyseed dressing.

It takes just a few minutes to whisk everything in this recipe together and the finished dressing keeps well in the fridge for about a week. I like to store this in a big mason jar so I can easily shake it up just before serving. Shaking helps recombine all the ingredients once they’ve settled in the fridge.

This is a pretty sweet dressing and a little goes a long way. I tend to use just a drizzle of it for a big salad.

Feel free to adjust the sugar and vinegar to taste. Less sugar and more white wine vinegar will create a tangier dressing and visa versa.

Poppyseed dressing is ideal for drizzling on top of green salads with fruit. I truly love this dressing on Strawberry Spinach Salad and Stonefruit Salad. It also works wonders on this Grape and Candied Walnut Salad.

When I have this dressing in the fridge I sometimes use it on Strawberry Chicken Salad as a substitute for the orange vinaigrette I usually put on it. We also enjoy our poppy seed dressing tossed with a simple green salad with apple slices and walnuts.

Salad and Salad dressing

Salad Dressing Recipes

Can’t get enough homemade salad dressing? Me either. Once I learned how easy it is to make delicious dressings in my own kitchen, I almost stopped buying the bottled stuff completely.

For more tangy and vinegary salad dressings try The BEST Balsamic Vinaigrette and this Cucumber Salad with Spicy Tomato Vinaigrette. We also love this Homemade Italian Salad Dressing and this White Balsamic Vinaigrette.

For another spin on this poppy seed dressing recipe try Honey Mustard Poppyseed Salad Dressing. If creamy dressings are your jam, you’re sure to love my all time favorite Homemade Ranch Salad Dressing and this Bleu Cheese Salad Dressing, too.

Creamy Poppyseed Dressing

Easy to make and adaptable to your palate, this is the only homemade poppy seed salad dressing you’ll ever need.

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Creamy Poppyseed Dressing

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This creamy sweet poppyseed dressing has had a regular home in our refrigerator for several years now. Sweet and slightly tangy, a dressing speckled with poppy seeds is a must-have staple for us.
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  • ¾ cup mayo
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons poppyseeds
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • teaspoon kosher salt 


  • Combine all ingredients and then whisk until smooth. Transfer to a jar and refrigerate until you are ready to serve. Shake well before using. This will keep well in the refrigerator for up to a week. Enjoy!
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Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Dot says

    I followed this link over from a search for a copycat recipe for the Costco kale salad. I was super excited to find this recipe. Unfortunately, when I made it, the mayo taste was really dominant. It tasted kind of like Miracle Whip with poppy seeds. I adds a quarter cup of Greek yogurt , which helped some. Do you have any other suggestions? It made a really big batch, and I’d hate to ditch the whole jar.

    • Mary says

      Well, the recipe is written for mayonnaise, not for Miracle Whip. The flavor would certainly be different in that case. I typically use Best Foods mayonnaise when making this recipe and the flavor is not dominant at all.

  2. Stephanie says

    Hi… I am a Busy “Mom”, as I imagine you to be as well, and sometimes hurriedly
    misspell a name or note down an incorrect number….But, unless Amounts are Incorrect? (I don’t think so because this is Really Good!), or there is a Missing Ingredient (I would like to know what could make this Better?), the “Yield” posted for this Recipe should read 1 1/2 Cups…Not 3 1/2 Cups.
    Great Recipe…Poppyseed is My Husband’s Favorite Dressing!

    • Mary says

      I’m thrilled you are enjoying the dressing. It is still one of my favorites. Thanks for taking the time to let me know the yield amount was noted incorrectly.

  3. Terrie Kennedy says

    This is the best creamy Poppyseed dressing! I make this often & my entire family loves it ! They have even commented it’s so good they want more salad.!
    I am always asked for the recipe. And if I’m making a salad to take anywhere I make the dressing & it’s always a big hit.5 stars

  4. Judy says

    Very good dressing!
    I used to always buy bottled dressing in the past. Whipping up a batch of dressing is so easy and much healthier. The dressing has a nice balance of flavors.. Thanks for the recipe!5 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      That should work, Annette. You will probably want to stir or shake it all together and taste it as you add the mustard. That way you will get the flavor that works best for you.

  5. Ester K says

    Wonderful salad dressing! Made it with light mayo, 1% milk , and honey to substitute half of the sugar. Thank you for the recipe!5 stars

  6. Zannie Morrison says

    I love the taste but( I know there always that BUT LOL) how can you make it thicker? I give it 6 stars out of 5

    • Nikki says

      Try yogurt or sour cream instead of milk for thicker- while I do agree it’s a little bit thin I love this recipe! We have lots of allergies in our family, I make our Mayo (Aquafaba) and also use dairy free milk (usually oat or califia coconut) and this recipe is still DIVINE! Sweetener is based on what I have on hand- sugar, honey or maple to taste all work! Thank you for this fabulous delicious recipe!!! 🙏🏼5 stars

  7. Rose Axelson says

    I thought this was pretty good, but I found that 2 tablespoons of poppy seeds is too much. I only use 2 teaspoons and find that just right.4 stars