Melissa's Poppy Seed Dressing for Spinach Salad

Melissa Sperka


Poppy seed dressing is one of my favorites! This dressing features a tangy apple cider vinegar which gives a delicious tartness to counter balance the sweetness of the dressing. It's especially good served with a spinach salad that includes seasonal fruit. In this salad I tossed together, organic baby spinach, sweet clementines, crunchy red onion slices and grape tomatoes. I topped it off with a sprinkle of blue cheese and candied nuts. Drizzle this homemade dressing on top, and I'm in heaven!


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Yield: 1 1/2 cups
10 Min


  • 1/3 c
    apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2
    granulated sugar
  • 1 medium
    finely minced shallot [or 1/4 cup red onion]
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    dry mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    poppy seeds
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    coarse sea salt
  • 1 c
    canola oil

How to Make Melissa's Poppy Seed Dressing for Spinach Salad


  1. In a blender, combine all of the ingredients except for the poppy seeds and oil. Puree for 20-30 seconds or until the ingredients are smooth. Remove the lid, lower the speed of the blender and add the poppy seeds. Drizzle in the Canola oil slowly while the blender processes the dressing. Continue until the mixture emulsifies and thickens. Chill until your ready to serve. Yield: 1 1/2 cups

    Cook's note:
    For a time saver, look in the mixed nut section of the grocery store for candied nuts. They have several varieties to choose from and they usually include candied almonds, walnuts and pecans. Any of these are terrific sprinkled on this salad, simnply choose your preference.

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About Melissa's Poppy Seed Dressing for Spinach Salad

Course/Dish: Dressings
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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