Strawberry Poppy Seed Salad Dressing

5 from 6 votes
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Drizzle your salad with a delicious Strawberry Poppyseed Dressing for a burst of sweet and tangy flavor. Made with fresh strawberries and the zing of fresh lime juice, it is so easy to blitz together in seconds in your blender. This is the homemade salad dressing recipe you’ll be using to top your healthy salads all summer long!

Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe

After a trip to the strawberry patch or when you see the store shelved and farmers’ market overflowing with fresh berries, it’s easy to end up with an abundance. After you’ve made Strawberry Crumble and Gluten Free Strawberries and Cream Cake and Strawberry Shortcake, you might still have some more to use up. So it’s time to make strawberry poppyseed dressing!

This easy vinaigrette is made with fresh strawberries, and blends up in just seconds. Blending this dressing not only breaks down the strawberries into a puree, but also emulsifies the oil and vinegar to keep it from separating. This gives you a vinaigrette that is actually smooth and somewhat creamy even without any dairy ingredients like yogurt.

The sweet, fruity dressing is balanced by the zing of fresh lime juice to really brighten it up. It adds delicious sweet and tangy flavor to your salads, from a simple side salad of arugula or spinach and goat cheese to a heartier salad topped with chicken or shrimp that you can enjoy as a meal.

A spoon in a jar of strawberry poppy seed dressing next to a plate of salad.

Ingredients

  • Fresh strawberries – coarsely chop them so you can fit them into your blender or mini food processor.
  • Lime juice – fresh is best, and you’ll need about two limes.
  • Olive oil
  • Honey – you can substitute maple syrup or agave nectar for vegan.
  • Salt and pepper
  • Poppy seeds – you can skip these, but they add a nice texture, a slightly nutty flavor, and look gorgeous.

How to Make Strawberry Poppyseed Dressing

It really couldn’t be any easier. Just combine all of the ingredients except poppy seeds in a blender or mini food processor, and blend till pureed and emulsified. Transfer the salad dressing to a jar or bowl and stir in poppy seeds. Then enjoy it on your favorite salads!

What to serve it with

This vinaigrette is perfect o blend together and pair with so many light, summery salads. Try these:

Storing salad dressing

You can store this strawberry poppy seed dressing in a tightly covered jar in the refrigerator for 3 or 4 days. While it won’t completely separate, you might want to give it a quick stir or shake before serving to make sure it is homogeneous.

Salad with blackberries, mango sliced, goat cheese, and poppyseed dressing.

Variations

This strawberry poppyseed dressing recipe is so versatile that you can easily change it up with whatever flavors you love or ingredients you have on hand.

  • Switch the berries – you can make a delicious and gorgeous dressing with blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or a combination.
  • Try a different citrus – pair it with lemon or orange juice for a different zippy flavor.
  • Add some herbs – try a bit of fresh mint or basil.
  • Swap the swetener – maple syrup or agave makes it vegan-friendly and adds a slightly different flavor.
  • Infuse some superfoods – try using chia seeds instead of the poppyseeds.
  • Make it creamy – while it does emulsify well, you can stir in some plain Greek yogurt if you want a richer texture.
A jar of strawberry poppyseed dressing on a stack of cloth and burlap napkins.

 Things You’ll Need

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Blender or Food Processor: While I love my Blendtec for smoothies, to just make a small amount of dressing, a little Magic Bullet or Mini Food Processor works perfectly.

Strawberry huller: This simple tool makes quick and clean work of all those berries.

Citrus juicer: I’m a big fan of a simple handheld juicer with adjustable insert for different-sized fruit to get the most juice out of them.

A jar of strawberry poppyseed salad dressing on a stack of cloth and burlap napkins.
5 from 6 votes

Strawberry Poppyseed Dressing

Drizzle your salad with a delicious Strawberry Poppyseed Dressing for a burst of sweet and tangy flavor. Made with fresh strawberries and the zing of fresh lime juice, it is so easy to blitz together in seconds in your blender. This is the homemade salad dressing recipe you'll be using to top your healthy salads all summer long!
Prep: 5 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup lime juice (approx. 2 limes)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon honey or agave nectar for vegan
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds

Instructions

  • Combine all of the ingredients except poppy seeds in a blender or mini food processor, and blend till pureed and emulsified.
  • Stir in poppy seeds.
Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Poppyseed Dressing
Amount Per Serving (2 Tablespoons)
Calories 97 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Potassium 20mg1%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Sugar 3g3%
Vitamin C 6.5mg8%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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29 Comments
  1. Bonna Fahey

    5 stars
    This dressing is delicious! It also tastes a little different every time I make it…depending on how ripe the strawberries are. It’s so good!!!

  2. Karen

    This sounds yummy. Just want to clarify one thing. There isnt any vinegar listed in the ingredients, but you mentioned vinegar in your blog.

  3. Angela

    5 stars
    Delicious! Just made it! Added it to a salad with berries, mandarin oranges pecans , red onion. Avocado And gardien ck’n strips. Sooo good!

  4. Bonna Fahey

    5 stars
    This dressing is SO GOOD!!! I made a salad with Spinach, Strawberries, Swiss Cheese and candied pecans and this dressing is the PERFECT addition! Love it!!

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      I’m so happy to hear that you love the dressing recipe, Bonna! Thank you for your comment and recipe rating. 🙂

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      Addie, the recipe makes about 3/4 cup of dressing, so you might want to consider doubling it to assure that there is enough for 6 people. Any excess dressing can be kept in the refrigerator for about a week.

  5. Melissa

    This looks delicious! And I must be strange as well. Because I to would try and sneak the amoxicillin when I had ear infections. Lol. I always thought I was the only one! I will be making this. Strawberry picking is right around the corner.

  6. JAMIE

    JUST WHIPPED UP SOME OF THIS AND IT IS GREAT! MY TODDLER WANTED ME TO PUT IT IN A CUP FOR HIM TO DRINK 😉 JUST WONDERING THOUGH, HOW LONG DO YOU THINK THIS WILL SAVE FOR? I MADE WAY TOO MUCH! THANKS!!!

    1. Sorry I hadn’t replied. Took a major post-baby blogging break. Hopefully you enjoyed your dressing, and I would think it would have kept well for a couple of days in the fridge.

  7. Eileen

    Oh my gosh, I’ve always thought I was the only person who freaking loved amoxicillin. Still love anything strawberry flavored…which is why I’m about to go try this awesome-looking dressing. Thanks.

  8. I always had a lot of ear infections when I was a kid too. I think I mostly looked forward to them so I could get out of school, but I did love what I referred to as “the bubblegum medicine” too. (And how weird is it that I’m actually craving it right now? Ha!) I’m loving the addition of lime to this–sometimes strawberry poppyseed dressing is a little too sweet for me, so adding lime is perfect!

  9. Nicole

    Not weird at all…I loved amoxicillin. I was sad when I had to take it in pill form. It was the only redeeming part of getting an ear infection.

  10. Maggie

    You’re not the only one. I liked it as a kid, and when I worked as a pharmacy tech as an adult, I still loved mixing it up for customers!

  11. Tammi

    5 stars
    This looks amazing, the whole salad does, nice and refreshing, I think I’ll try it this weekend. Oh and BTW your not strange, my daughter comes running for amoxicyln LOL…we call it “bubble gum in her belly” LOL!!

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