Salad dressing is often overlooked and yet, this is where our salads gain so much amazing flavor and nutrition! Lightly sweetened and full of poppy seeds, this recipe packs a real punch, while keeping your salad from those weird ingredients found in store bought dressings.
Simply healthy ingredients
Vegetable or Canola Oil - I like to use canola oil because it's lower in saturated fats, but either will work like a charm.
Poppy Seed - Poppy seeds add great flavor and crunch to your dressing, but they also contain calcium—good for your bones!
Shallots - The absolute best onion, in my humble opinion. I love the sweet spice that shallots give this recipe. You can use onion if you don't have any shallots on hand.
Sugar - You can leave the sugar out or go for a sugar substitute like this monkfruit sweetener (my favorite substitute). Whatever your decision, I will say that a touch of sugar makes this dressing the perfect amount of sweet.
Lime Juice - This ingredient might be a bit of a surprise for this dressing, but the lime juice offsets the sweet with a touch of tart. It's total perfection! And it's just the right amount, so it doesn't taste overly lime-y.
Dry Mustard - Did you know that mustard acts as an emulsifier? Dry mustard contains the same components and just a touch will help emulsify this dressing and keep it from immediately separating. Isn't science fun?
Shake it up!
The only instruction for this recipe is to combine all ingredients into a container with a lid and SHAKE it up for about 30 seconds.
So that was easy, yes? And seriously oh so delicious!
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Poppy Seed Salad Dressing
- ½ C vegetable or canola oil
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- 1 tablespoon chopped shallots
- 2 tablespoon sugar
- 2 tablespoon lime juice - plus 1 tsp
- ½ teaspoon dry mustard
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- In a jar with a lid, add all ingredients. Shake it up and you're done!
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.