A simple vinaigrette recipe that is free from sugar, gluten, nuts, and dairy. Our easy to make sugar-free poppy seed dressing is big on taste and sure to be a crowd pleaser. Give it a try on your favorite salad.
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We originally created this delightful poppy seed salad dressing recipe for our pomegranate and poppy seed shaved brussels sprout salad. It was the perfect dressing because it was big on taste but easy to make and allergy-friendly. We used honey (and not much of it!) to make the poppy seed dressing naturally sweet and refined sugar-free.
How to Make This Recipe
I typically make this dressing in a mason jar with a tight-fitting lid. Just combine all the ingredients and shake well. The salad dressing will keep for a week in the refrigerator.
This recipe calls for dijon mustard but a brown or grainy mustard would work as well.
If you are looking for a vegan version consider using coconut sugar or agave. They both have a lower glycemic index than refined sugar, by about half.
And while we love maple syrup it is much higher on the glycemic index. Plus, while we appreciate maple taste but it doesn't go with everything. Think maple on your strawberry and spinach salad. No thank you.
Poppy Seed Dressing Uses
In addition to using the poppy seed dressing on our brussels sprout salad, we have used it on a spinach salad, in place of mayo for a chicken salad (with loads of celery and herbs) and I even drizzled the last remaining bit on roasted asparagus.
You can even use it as a marinade for grilled chicken or shrimp.
Poppy Seed Dressing (Sugar Free)
- Mason jar or blender
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/8 cup raw honey sub coconut sugar or maple syrup for vegan
- 2 Tbsp shallot, finely chopped
- 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
- 1 Tbsp poppy seeds
- kosher salt and black pepper
- Combine all ingredients in a mason jar shake until well combined. Alternatively, place all ingredients in a blender (except poppy seeds) and blend until combined. Add poppy seeds and pulse a couple times.
- Salt and pepper to taste.