Greek Yogurt Poppyseed Dressing

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Greek Yogurt Poppyseed Dressing

This creamy but light Greek Yogurt Poppyseed Dressing recipe is healthy, homemade and sweetened with honey instead of sugar. It’s made with only 5 ingredients and is a fresh and healthy copycat of Panera.

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Who doesn’t love that Strawberry Poppyseed Salad from Panera Bread?  It has crunchy romaine lettuce topped with the perfect assortment of fresh summer fruit and drizzled with a darn near perfect Poppy Seed Dressing.  I’ve been ordering it for longer than I care to admit and every time I enjoy each little bite.  It tastes like the pure joy of summer to me.

I love Poppyseed dressing but find the bottled kind to have a little more sugar than my taste.  Since we’ve all been stuck at home, I decided to try my hand at creating my own and I’d venture to say this version is EVEN BETTER than that fresh drizzle at Panera.

My Greek Yogurt Poppyseed Dressing is the perfect healthy and homemade salad dressing for summer.

Glass bottle with creamy Greek Yogurt Poppyseed Dressing in front of salad greens.

Greek Yogurt Poppyseed Dressing

Y’all know I love a good greek yogurt-based salad dressing.  Over the years I’ve shared with you my Greek Yogurt Ranch, Greek Yogurt Chipotle Ranch, or my Greek Yogurt Caesar Dressing.  Since I’ve been on a roll with those, I decided to see if greek yogurt could give us that light, creaminess we craved in a perfect poppyseed dressing.  And it worked!

The consistency is pure perfection!  It tastes like Panera but with the extra health benefits of using greek yogurt.  Greek yogurt is a protein-rich, probiotic, AND calcium filled food that also has vitamins like B12!

Gold spoon holding healthy poppyseed salad dressing.

Healthy & Homemade Poppyseed Dressing

So what makes this homemade Poppyseed Dressing different than the bottle?  Mine doesn’t have any refined sugar or OIL!  I not only used a healthy greek yogurt to make it but I also sweetened it with honey instead of traditional white sugar.

Regular poppyseed dressing is made with oil, sugar, vinegar, salt, mustard, and onion.  This one is a little different but still has that very familiar taste.

The honey gives the dressing a subtle light sweetness without it being too much.  Plus the flavors pair perfectly together with the greek yogurt.  It’s a perfectly sweet and CREAMY poppyseed dressing without the oil or the fuss.

Top of bottle dripping with Poppyseed Salad Dressing.

What is creamy greek yogurt poppyseed dressing made of?

This creamy Poppyseed Salad Dressing is made with only 5 ingredients and comes together in less than 10 minutes.

  • Greek Yogurt: The powerhouse food makes the perfect light but creamy base for the salad dressing.
  • Honey: I used honey instead of sugar to sweeten mine.  The result is a subtle sweetness without traditional white sugar.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: This gives the dressing the zing and balances the creamy greek yogurt and sweet honey.
  • Dijon Mustard: This is another simple flavor that makes the healthy dressing taste like classic Poppyseed Dressing.
  • Poppy Seeds: Find poppy seeds in the spice aisle at the grocery store.

You can also do some variations on this dressing including adding onion powder to make it a little more savory, lemon to make it tarter and even pureed strawberry to make a Strawberry Poppyseed Dressing.

Glass bottle of Dressing sitting on napkin.

How to make the Greek Yogurt Poppyseed Salad Dressing…

Making this Greek Yogurt Poppyseed Salad Dressing is easier than you’d think!

  1. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk together.
  2. Serve with your favorite light summer salad.


To store the salad dressing put it in an airtight container and store in the fridge for 5-7 days.


Is poppyseed dressing good for you?

YES! This poppyseed dressing is good for you!  Traditional poppyseed dressing is made with lots of sugar so this version trades sugar for honey and gets its creaminess from healthy Greek yogurt.

How many calories are in poppyseed dressing?

This poppyseed dressing only has 30 calories per serving making it the ideal light salad dressing for summer.  This is a salad dressing that tastes good and is actually healthy!

Overhead shot of strawberry salad and side dish of dressing.

Making salad dressing at home might take a few more steps but it beats the bottle like dole or litehouse!  Serve it with your favorite summer salad with fruit and greens!

I love this fresh, creamy, and homemade version of Panera’s popular Strawberry Poppyseed Salad dressing and I hope you do too. Enjoy!



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Greek Yogurt Poppy Seed Dressing - Healthy & Homemade

Julie Wunder
This light and creamy Greek Yogurt Poppy Seed Dressing is perfectly sweetened by honey! It pairs perfectly with a Panera inspired Strawberry Poppyseed Salad.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 31 kcal


  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dijon
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds


  • All all the ingredients together in a bowl and whisk together until smooth.
  • Serve with your favorite salad and store in the fridge.


Variations on this recipe include adding some onion powder, lemon or even pureed strawberry!


Calories: 31kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 12mgPotassium: 31mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gCalcium: 29mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Greek Yogurt Poppyseed Dressing, Poppyseed Dressing
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By | 2020-09-18T14:37:47-04:00 July 20th, 2020|All Vegetarian, Food, Lunch, Salads|56 Comments


  1. Lathiya July 28, 2020 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Wow, The greek yogurt dressing with poppy seeds sounds incredible. The apple cidar vinegar also adds the flavor to it.

  2. Kari Alana July 28, 2020 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Homemade salad dressings are so fun to make. Thanks for sharing this recipe for poppy seed salad dressing

  3. Jen | Jen's Food Lab July 28, 2020 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    Ooo so much flavor! Great to go with some spinach and spring mix salad. Love the crunch of poppy seeds too.

  4. Ramona July 27, 2020 at 7:20 am - Reply

    5 stars
    This popyseed salad dressing looks perfect! It looks like it would match perfectly with a nice salad. I like to make my own salad dressings too and I cant wait to try this one out. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  5. sapana July 27, 2020 at 5:39 am - Reply

    5 stars
    Wow this greek ypgurt and poppy seeds dressing sounds so refreshing. I would love to try it the next time I makes coleslaw or any other salad recipe.

  6. Jacqueline Debono July 27, 2020 at 4:54 am - Reply

    5 stars
    I have never tried poppyseed dressing but your version looks and sounds sublime! I actually have all the ingredients so am going to make it pronto!

  7. mily July 26, 2020 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Poppy seed salad dressing is so delicious! I love this recipe and it encourages me to eat more salads!

  8. Sarah James July 26, 2020 at 7:53 am - Reply

    5 stars
    What a delicious salad dressing. I love yoghurt dressings and yours sounds so much healthier than a shop bought one. Can’t wait to try this, thanks for sharing.

  9. Beth July 25, 2020 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    With only five ingredients I can see making this dressing often, and I love combinations like this with a little mustard, the yogurt and the honey.

  10. Sondra Barker July 25, 2020 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I love this salad from Panera I’m so glad I can now make it home! Can’t wait to put on all kinds of salads

  11. Kushigalu July 25, 2020 at 7:54 am - Reply

    5 stars
    What a flavorful dressing recipe to try. Thanks for sharing

  12. Marta July 24, 2020 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I’ve always loved lemon poppy seed dressings, but have never ventured to other poppy seed dressings. I can’t wait to try this.

  13. Amy Liu Dong July 24, 2020 at 11:51 am - Reply

    5 stars
    For me yogurt is my favorite drinks that really supplement me of what I need. I loved how you created and make this recipe like a masterpiece. I would definitely try to make this at home.

  14. Maria July 24, 2020 at 11:05 am - Reply

    5 stars
    This looks so creamy and delicious. I love that you don’t feel guilty using this dressing on salad because of all the quality ingredients.

  15. Jere Cassidy July 23, 2020 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    It has been a long time since I bought salad dressing from the store, so I am adding this recipe to my recipe collection. I do love the Panera stawberry salad and now that I have tons of strawberries on hand I need to just make this salad myself.

  16. Lesli Schwartz July 23, 2020 at 10:22 am - Reply

    5 stars
    Love this dressing, so much lighter than the traditional dressing. Can’t wait to try!

  17. Stine Mari July 23, 2020 at 2:16 am - Reply

    5 stars
    I’ve never tried poppy seeds in salad dressing before, but it sounds absolutely delicious. I love the sweet and tangy combination in this dressing!

  18. Diana July 22, 2020 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I have always loved the poppy seed dressing at Panera! I’m excited to make this recipe soon.

  19. Taleen | Just As Tasty July 22, 2020 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Everything about this dressing sounds delicious, and I love that you used honey instead of sugar! Can’t wait to add this to my next salad!

  20. Deborah Brooks July 20, 2020 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I love a good poppyseed dressing! This recipe is easy and looks very tasty

  21. Farrah February 15, 2015 at 9:48 am - Reply

    I seriously need to try this out. <3 It looks so amazing! Summer, come back faster! ;_;

  22. Elizabeth @ Enjoy Every Bite February 13, 2015 at 7:55 am - Reply

    The colors in this salad are amazing! Fruit on salad all depends on the dressing… your dressing looks so delicious!

  23. Lauren @ ihadabiglunch February 11, 2015 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    Thank you thank you! I always crave this kind of salad when the temps start to rise but most Poppyseed dressings are so high in calories it’s unbelievable. Plus my dad got me a salad dressing maker/shaker thing for Christmas haha so it’s just begging me to make my own.

  24. Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona February 10, 2015 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    Spinach and poppy seeds go together so well! I haven’t had a spinach salad in awhile, I might have to make one now.

    • JulieWunder February 10, 2015 at 8:33 pm - Reply

      I love some spinach! I feel super healthy after I eat it!

  25. Emilie February 10, 2015 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    Poppyseed dressing is so underrated and a perfect dressing for spring and summer salads! I haven’t bought salad dressing in a couple years so I love adding good recipes to my normal rotation. Thanks for sharing!

    • JulieWunder February 10, 2015 at 8:35 pm - Reply

      Thanks Emilie! I used to think it was so hard to make dressing, but it is actually super easy and good. I hardly eat the ones out of a bottle anymore.

  26. ooh I love poppy seed dressing! Pinning 🙂

  27. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction February 10, 2015 at 11:54 am - Reply

    Love poppyseed dressing! Can’t wait to try yours!

    • JulieWunder February 10, 2015 at 8:35 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jessica! It is good and makes me think of spring.

  28. Jessica February 10, 2015 at 10:47 am - Reply

    I looooove this kind of dressing, never tried making it myself. Now I will, sounds easy! 🙂

    • JulieWunder February 10, 2015 at 8:36 pm - Reply

      It is soooo easy! I am all about my own salad dressing lately.

  29. Blane Sherer February 10, 2015 at 10:25 am - Reply

    I like the Spring countdown. Keep that in mind with the crazy cold coming for the weekend. I like salads and I certainly like fruit but I prefer not to mix them.Your poppy seed dressing looks like a winner.

    • JulieWunder February 10, 2015 at 8:36 pm - Reply

      Yeah, I might not go outside all weekend! Booo!

  30. Gingi February 10, 2015 at 9:10 am - Reply

    Spinach and poppy seed is one of my favorite pairings! No joke, I have a similar recipe on my blog! hehe! Thanks for sharing! <3 –

  31. Jess @hellotofit February 10, 2015 at 8:50 am - Reply

    I think I’m boring…my favorite dressing is homemade balsamic viniagrette! This recipe looks awesome. Fruit, goat cheese, and greens. Can’t go wrong with that!

    • JulieWunder February 10, 2015 at 8:37 pm - Reply

      I love that too. I make it right over my salad and toss!

  32. Annmarie February 10, 2015 at 8:23 am - Reply

    This looks fantastic! Definitely will be trying that dressing out- pinned for later 🙂

  33. Jessie February 10, 2015 at 8:22 am - Reply

    It’s nice you’ve come up with a healthy version. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Poppy Seed dressing in the stores here.

    • JulieWunder February 10, 2015 at 8:38 pm - Reply

      Now that’s a problem! I guess you have to get creative in Kuwait!

  34. Kirtley Freckleton @ The Gist of Fit February 10, 2015 at 8:22 am - Reply

    YES~!!!! I’ve been wanting to make a homemade poopy seed dresssing, this one nails it!!

  35. Danyelle Musselman February 10, 2015 at 8:17 am - Reply

    I would love this salad… I rarely make my own salad dressing, but I’d definitely like to try this!

    • JulieWunder February 10, 2015 at 8:51 pm - Reply

      I never used to, but it is really pretty easy! I hope you like it!

  36. Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes February 10, 2015 at 8:08 am - Reply

    This salad looks amazing and gets me excited for warmer weather!! The salad dressing looks awesome! Will definitely try it out!

    • JulieWunder February 10, 2015 at 8:52 pm - Reply

      I know! I love spring so much. Looks like winter is coming back this weekend though… we will just have to wait.

  37. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie February 10, 2015 at 7:23 am - Reply

    Fruits on salad always remind me of summer! (Is it summer yet??) I love the poppyseed dressing from Panera, so this looks like an even better and probably healthier version of that.

    • JulieWunder February 10, 2015 at 7:29 am - Reply

      It is less sweet and more savory, but really good. Still in the same idea as Panera’s.

  38. Heather @Fit n Cookies February 10, 2015 at 7:17 am - Reply

    I think my husband would love this!! I’m weird about salad dressings, but everything in this salad he would love.

  39. Jenny February 10, 2015 at 7:01 am - Reply

    Yum! I immediately thought of the Cabernet Poppyseed dressing that Biltmore bottles and sells…it’s soooo good and soooo sinful (it might as well be dessert…) I’m good about health-ifying salad dressings, my go-to is just to use pico de gallo. Most every restaurant has some and it’s great on any salad!

    • JulieWunder February 10, 2015 at 7:28 am - Reply

      You know how I feel about Mexican food! Pico is a great idea.

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