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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.
- 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:
- Fruity Grilled Shrimp Salad
- Strawberry Spinach Salad
- Blackberry Mango Salad with Goat Cheese
- Summer Fruit and Blue Cheese Salad
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.
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.
Things You’ll Need
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.
Strawberry Poppyseed Dressing
- 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.
More blender salad dressing recipes
- Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing has more fresh berry flavor with the tang of balsamic vinegar.
- Avocado Buttermilk Ranch Dressing is rich and creamy, and adds a little something special to the usual Ranch dressing.
- Fig Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing is thick and sweet and adds amazing flavor to a steak salad.
- Lemon Blueberry Chia Seed Vinaigrette squeezes in superfoods and plenty of zing.
- Lemon Basil Vinaigrette Dressing from Rachel Cooks is fresh, healthy, and even Whole30 compliant.