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Creamy poppy seed dressing made with yogurt instead of mayonnaise — you’ll love the flavor of this light and easy to make dressing! 

Creamy poppy seed dressing made with yogurt instead of mayonnaise -- you'll love the flavor of this light and easy to make dressing! Get the dressing recipe on RachelCooks.com!

My mom made a salad over the holidays with a poppy seed dressing that I just loved. The salad had lettuce, kale, and a bunch of other stuff I can’t remember. All I can remember was that it was good and it had poppy seed dressing. Oh! And the most delicious little candied sunflower seeds. So good. This poppyseed dressing would be fantastic for spinach salad as well.

Poppy seed dressing has always been one of my favorites so of course I asked her for her poppy seed dressing recipe and then I completely changed it because for some reason I can’t help myself!

I kept her original version on file and might just have to share that one in the future too, but I wanted to share this creamy version, a thicker, richer feeling dressing.

Creamy poppy seed dressing made with yogurt instead of mayonnaise -- you'll love the flavor of this light and easy to make dressing! Get the dressing recipe on RachelCooks.com!

How to Make this Poppy Seed Dressing

The base of the dressing is Greek yogurt, one of my favorite ingredients. I love that you can eat it as is or make fun snacks or even use it as a marinade. I use it in countless recipes (proof: check out my Greek yogurt archives) and it always has a spot in my fridge.

Creamy poppy seed dressing made with yogurt instead of mayonnaise -- you'll love the flavor of this light and easy to make dressing! Get the dressing recipe on RachelCooks.com!

For this dressing, it stands in for heavier ingredients such as mayonnaise or sour cream (although don’t get me wrong, those both have a place in my heart too!). The dressing is a nice blend of tangy and sweet — my mom’s recipe called for granulated sugar but I went with honey for a smooth and flavorful way to sweeten this dressing.

It’s a simple and straightforward dressing that goes great on salads with fruit toppings but could easily stand its own on a salad topped with vegetables too. (Psst: Come back Monday for a salad recipe that this creamy poppy seed dressing is perfect on!).

As a bonus, it’s likely you already have all the ingredients you need in your pantry and fridge.

Try this dressing on:

Creamy poppy seed dressing made with yogurt instead of mayonnaise -- you'll love the flavor of this light and easy to make dressing! Get the dressing recipe on RachelCooks.com!

PS: Like my mom, I store my poppy seeds in the fridge so they don’t go rancid.

PPS: Per my calculations (see disclosures, folks!), you can eat two tablespoons of this creamy poppyseed dressing and only add 33 calories to your beautiful salad!

Love making homemade dressings? Try:

 

Poppy Seed Dressing (Healthy!)

Poppy Seed Dressing (Healthy!)

Yield: 1/2 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Creamy poppy seed dressing made with yogurt instead of mayonnaise — you’ll love the flavor of this light and easy to make dressing!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a jar, cover and shake well to combine. Use immediately or store covered in fridge.

Notes

Note: Shelf life in fridge will vary depending on the date on your Greek yogurt container.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 20 Total Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 90mg Carbohydrates: 2g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 2g Protein: 1g
RachelCooks.com sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietician. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.
Verdict: I love this dressing and it’s already in regular rotation!
Husband’s take: No complaints from the peanut gallery.
Changes I would make: None are necessary.
Difficulty: So easy!

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24 comments

  1. Was disappoint in the store bought brands so decided to make this one. L love it the only thing missing was the sodium in the nutritional value and for those on the DASH diet it is crucial information.

    Rating: 4
    • Hi Cathy! So glad you liked this recipe! We’re slooooowly making our way through all 1,000+ of our recipes and updating them with full nutritional info. Moving this one to the top of the list. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment!

  2. My friend mentioned how she loves poppyseed dressing and cucumbers as a snack and I wanted to try it. I googled the recipe and chose this one to try! I am hooked, this dressing is hands down the best. It’s super simple to make and it’s absolutely delicious. I highly recommend this recipe.

    Rating: 5
  3. This was delicious and I’m glad to have a creamy healthy delicious dressing.  My 6 year old loves it too!

    Rating: 5
  4. was the only difference between yours anand your mom’s recipe: Greek yogurt for mayo, and honey for white sugar? I’m curious to try both ways yo compare! thanks!

    • I wrote “I kept it on file” but your guess is as good as mine as to where that actually is! i do remember though that her recipe isn’t creamy. I think she uses vegetable oil instead of yogurt. :) And then sugar like you mentioned.

  5. I am a ground pepper freak and added it. My wife loves your way and I like a little pepper. We’re all good.

    Rating: 5
  6. I love  the dressiing
    please can you tell me how much water 
    I have to add???

  7. Really nice dressing! I used it in place of the processed dressing that came in a kale salad bag. Will definitely make this again and might try adding a little lemon juice next time.

    Rating: 5
  8. I love poppy seed dressing, can’t wait to try this!

  9. I love this idea! I bet it would work well with a dairy-free yogurt too! 

  10. I always love dressing that uses Greek yogurt in place of mayo. Yours is next on my list to try!

  11. I bet it would taste good with cider vinegar, too

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