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Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

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A creamy and tart lemon poppy seed salad dressing that’s destined to become a family favorite and staple in your fridge for the summer! Use it with your favorite salads, like strawberry avocado spinach salad.

Lemon poppy seed dressing surrounded by fruit

Sometimes you don’t know what you’re going to get when you come to this site. Sometimes might find yourself scouring through pages of decadent desserts, and other times you’re pinning gluten free almond honey protein bars.

On Monday you might be craving some baked mac and cheese, and then on Tuesday you need some raspberry rosé sangria.

I like to believe I’ve got options for you, regardless of the day or the craving.

Lemon poppy seed dressing in a blender

Here’s a prime example:

My last new recipe used strawberries to create this ridiculously rich, ooey gooey, chocolatey no-bake strawberry s’mores cake.

This recipe is light, creamy, and intended to be poured on salads. But those salads could have strawberries in them, so… that’s the dotted line to any relevance between the two.

Lemon poppy seed dressing being poured into a glass bottle

Quick story: So, the head of my tripod recently broke which left me without a mount for my camera to take any kind of action shots. I had ordered a new one, but on the day I wanted to do a last minute shoot for this dressing it hadn’t yet arrived.

I hadn’t even planned on making this, it was just a last minute addition to dinner and I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to grab a few pictures before the light completely disappeared.

And of course, I couldn’t remember where all my lighting equipment was in the mess that is our office, so I just threw it on a windowsill that still had a touch of light.

Seriously, you guys – moving turns a completely organized person with OCD into a scattered lunatic that sometimes walks out the front door for work while wearing slippers. True story.

So you know what happens when you try to frantically take action shot pictures on a windowsill with waning light without the help of a tripod?

Lemon poppy seed dressing spilled on the counter

Spoiler alert: A giant mess, is what happens.

All over your new, white windowsills. 

And then a cat jumps up to investigate while you walk away for five seconds to get paper towels.

And then another cat tries to “help” and you end up pushing two cats out of the way with your ass and one hand while you sop up pooled dressing with the other hand.

Lemon poppy seed dressing spilled on the counter

No cat photo-bombing photos this time – I was too busy trying not to throw them out of said window and preventing salad dressing from becoming a permanent window garnish.

SO ANYWAY. The lesson here is that you shouldn’t do what I did, and just make this lemon poppy seed dressing with an immersion blender (aff link) and just pour it into a jar like a normal person. #foodbloggerproblems

Lemon poppy seed dressing surrounded by fruit

My favorite way to use this dressing is on a spinach salad with strawberries, blueberries and almond slices. I’m so basic, I know.

But there’s a reason it’s such a popular combo – it’s delicious! It’s the perfect spring/summer salad and requires very little effort.

Lemon poppy seed dressing next to a strawberry spinach salad

A few more ideas for using lemon poppy seed dressing

  • If you’re not into avocado dressings, try my girl Lauren’s gigantic and fantastic Grilled Corn Salad and swap the avocado dressing for this lemon poppy seed liquid sunshine.
  • Swap the leafy greens for heartier greens like asparagus and broccoli in this side dish salad from Foodal that’s perfect for any summer BBQ.
  • We’re getting crazy here, but stay with me – try swapping it out the standard dressing in this ultimate chicken caesar salad!
  • Or try it as a marinade for some grilled chicken! Plating Pixels has tips for making the best grilled chicken you possibly can.
Lemon poppy seed dressing poured on a strawberry spinach salad

However you use it, I hope you also call it liquid sunshine. I know people use that phrase and “liquid gold” for all sorts of things, from melted butter to bright yellow cheese sauces, but I feel like this is the only justified use for the phrase.

Maybe we can tweak it a little and call this liquid lemony sunshine. Or creamy dotted sunshine. Or really goddamn good salad dressing.

Lemon poppy seed dressing surrounded by fruit

[shrug] Tomato, tomatoe.

After you’ve made this recipe, please leave a comment below with a rating – and if you came from Pinterest, add a photo to the Pin of what you make to the pin to share your experience!


Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

Lemon poppy seed dressing surrounded by fruit

A creamy and tart lemon poppy seed salad dressing that’s destined to become a family favorite and staple in your fridge for the summer!

  • Author: Leslie Kiszka
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Dressing
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: American


  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of one lemon (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons greek yogurt (optional)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and thoroughly combine with an immersion blender (aff link) (or use a food processor if you don’t have an immersion blender).
  2. Pour on your favorite salad and enjoy!


Note: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Tip: Roll your lemon on the counter with your palm a few times before cutting – this breaks it down inside and gets you the most juice!

Keywords: lemon salad dressing, lemon poppy seed dressing

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Friday 31st of May 2019

Do you prefer it with or without the Greek Yogurt?

Leslie Kiszka

Saturday 1st of June 2019

Personally, I like it with the yogurt when I'm using it as a salad dressing because it makes it a little bit thicker and I like my dressing to cling to greens rather than pool in the bottom. But, when I use it as a marinade, I make it without the greek yogurt!

Eileen xo

Monday 18th of June 2018

Such a tasty dressing, perfect for salads and poultry. I hear you about moving. We are planning on moving next year and I do not look forward to not knowing where to find things. I love that you call this dressing your liquid lemon sunshine.


Monday 18th of June 2018

Hahaha... I don't have cats any more but I do have have 4 very 'helpful' dogs so I feel ya on this!!! But please know that your pictures are lovely and this recipe is amazing. Super refreshing and easy.. perfect to pour on EVERYTHING!!

Claire | The Simple, Sweet Life

Monday 18th of June 2018

Lemon poppy seed is such a refreshing combo but I would have never thought to put it in a salad dressing! I'm definitely going to have to give this a try now!

Ahead of Thyme

Monday 18th of June 2018

Yumm! This poppy seed dressing looks so refreshing, I bet it tastes amazing on everything!! Pinning to try it on the weekend!

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