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Spinach Salad with Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing

Sweet spinach salad layered with fruit and goat cheese is topped with my Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing recipe.  This is one of my favorite flavor combinations!

Homemade Poppyseed Dressing Recipe

Good morning friends!

I love Poppy Seed dressing, but the kind that comes in a bottle is often full of sugar and preservatives.  After going through bottle and bottle of the stuff from the store, I set out to make a homemade poppy seed dressing dressing recipe that is a little healthier.

Homemade Poppyseed Dressing Recipe

I tried several things to “healthify” this poppy seed dressing recipe including subbing stevia for sugar and adding greek yogurt to make it creamy.

I had every bowl in my kitchen out and dirty.  It has been a long time since I failed so badly at a recipe.  I kept at it though and eventually found the sweet spot.

Homemade Poppyseed Dressing Recipe

I finally created a delicious recipe that cuts down on the sugar but does not eliminate it.

My version is lightly sweetened with real sugar and full flavored with onion, dried mustard and paprika.

Sometimes you just need a little sugar.  Lesson learned.

Homemade Poppyseed Dressing Recipe

Drizzle this homemade poppy seed dressing over a spinach salad with all the goodies and you will never buy a bottle again!

Homemade Poppyseed Dressing Recipe

I know I will be enjoying this classic summer salad year-round.

And by the way, 39 days until spring.  Not that I’m counting or anything. 🙂

Homemade Poppyseed Dressing Recipe

Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
This homemade poppy seed dressing is light on sugar but bit on flavor!
Servings: 4
Author: Julie Wunder
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil mild, not extra virgin
  • 4 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons minced onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  1. Combine all ingredients except poppy seeds into bowl and whisk together.
  2. Add poppy seeds and stir.
  3. Refrigerate for several hours to overnight before serving.
Recipe Notes

I used a mini food processor to cut up the onion.


Spinach Salad with Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
Sweet spinach salad layered with fruit and goat cheese is topped with my Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe. This is one of my favorite flavor combinations!
Course: Salad
Servings: 4
Author: Julie Wunder
  • 6 cups packed spinach
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup orange segments
  • 4 tablespoons crumbled goat cheese
  • 1 recipe of homemade poppy seed dressing
  • optional: 3/4 cup sliced almonds
  1. Toss spinach and dressing together.
  2. Assemble salad by layering the fruit, cheese and spinach.
  3. Sprinkle nuts on top.

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Your turn!

What is your favorite dressing?

Fruit on salads- yay or nay? 

By | 2018-06-28T14:32:06-04:00 February 10th, 2015|All Vegetarian, Food, Lunch, Salads|36 Comments


  1. 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! ;_;

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. ooh I love poppy seed dressing! Pinning 🙂

  7. 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.

  8. Jessica @Myhealthypassion.com 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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 – http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

  11. 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!

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

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

  13. 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!

  14. 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!!

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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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