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

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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! 

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.

Front view of small glass jar with dressing and yellow spoon, with bowl of greens in background.

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 Greek yogurt as is 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.

Front close up of small glass jar containing dressing and yellow spoon.

For this dressing, yogurt 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 like 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. This poppyseed dressing would be fantastic for spinach salad as well. 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:

Small glass jar with dressing, spoonful along side with dressing running onto wooden cutting board.

PS: Like my mom, I store my poppy seeds in the fridge so they don’t go rancid. If you are looking for more ways to use poppy seeds, try orange poppy seed cookies, lemon poppyseed pancakes, or lemon poppy seed bread.

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!

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Poppy Seed Dressing (Healthy!)

4.34 from 294 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Creamy poppy seed dressing made with yogurt instead of mayonnaise — you’ll love the flavor of this light and easy to make dressing!
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  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoon white distilled vinegar
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds


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


  • Makes 1/2 cup.
  • Shelf life in fridge will vary depending on the date on your Greek yogurt container.



Serving: 2tablespoons, Calories: 59kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 270mg, Sugar: 5g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Suzette Wilson says:

    5 stars
    I liked it very much

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      I’m so glad to hear it!

  2. Jan says:

    5 stars
    Great dressing!

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      Thank you!

  3. Rachel says:

    What do you think about apple cider vinegar?

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      That should work!

  4. Michele says:

    What are your thoughts on using raspberry vinegar?

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      I think that would be tasty!

  5. Nicole says:

    5 stars
    I love baking my fish with store bought poppyseed dressing so I loved your momz recipe and I used honey 2 raw… it’s good over Swai fish and Cod baked… I’m marinating salmon in fridge over night will see how that taste 2ma

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      Oh yum, I’ll have to try that!