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Poppy Seed Salad Dressing

I am so excited to share my favorite salad dressing with you. This is poppy seed salad dressing is a perfect blend of balsamic vinegar, maple, and poppy seeds!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: condiments
Cuisine: American
Keyword: balsamic, poppy seed
Servings: 4
Author: Amy- A Red Spatula


  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • dash salt


  • Combine all ingredients in a mason jar or small bowl. Start with ⅛ teaspoon of salt.
  • Mix or shake until the dressing is well combined. Taste and adjust the salt as needed.
  • That is it! You are done and ready to use this dressing however you like!
  • Now, sit back and enjoy. You deserve it.


  • Let me just say, with balsamic vinegar becoming so popular, there is an unlimited variety to choose from. In this recipe, I used dark balsamic. If you have an olive oil and vinegar taproom close to you, I recommend checking them out and tasting different types of vinegar to see what you like.
  • If you don't want to spend the extra on a fancy type of vinegar, grab one at your local grocery store. I have used a lot of different kinds for this recipe, and so many are really good!
  • The vinegar is the dominant flavor in this recipe, so make sure it is the kind you like.
  • Olive oil is also an important flavor, so be mindful of what you use.
  • If you don't want to use maple syrup in the vinaigrette, you can use honey instead. Or if you don't mind using granulated sugar, that works as well. I would say only use 1 ½ tablespoons of granulated though.
  • This will hold well in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Just make sure and shake or mix well before serving. 
  • If the olive oil has solidified a bit, let it come to room temp. Or you can also pop it in the microwave for just a few seconds.