Strawberry Lime Poppy Seed Salad Dressing

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Strawberry lime poppy seed salad dressing is a delicious, homemade gluten-free salad dressing that is also paleo and can be made veganMade with fresh strawberries, this strawberry lime poppyseed vinaigrette is an easy salad dressing recipe made in a blender! With its fruity, tangy flavor, you’ll  be drizzling is over your healthy salads all summer long.

Strawberry Lime Poppy Seed Salad Dressing Recipe in a jar with salad in the background

Strawberry Lime Poppyseed Vinaigrette

I had lots of ear infections as a kid. Strangely, I almost looked forward to getting an ear infection, because I LOVED the “pink medicine”, a.k.a. amoxicillin. I know, I was a strange kid, but I wanted to suck that stuff up with a straw. So somehow it doesn’t bother me that this salad dressing kind of looks like that.

And after a trip to the strawberry patch for some strawberry picking with my kiddo, we had lots of strawberries. He can eat quite a few, but we picked A LOT, so I have been using them in everything, like a Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie, and this strawberry poppyseed dressing recipe.

And I don’t know about you, but I love adding a fruity element to my salads, especially in the summertime, which is why I’ve started adding fruit to my salad dressings. Some berries, some olive oil, some sort of vinegar, and a sweet element like honey or maple syrup all whizzed up in a blender makes a smooth dressing when you emulsify it in a blender.

It is actually kind of pretty, right?!

Strawberry Lime Poppy Seed Salad Dressing dripping off a spoon into a jar

Strawberry Lime Poppy Seed Salad Dressing Recipe Tips:

  • Blending this dressing not only breaks down the strawberries into a puree, but it 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.
  • Speaking of that, this dressing is naturally gluten free and paleo, plus you can always swap the honey for agave nectar or maple syrup to make it vegan.
  • While I love my Blendtec for smoothies, to just make a small amount of dressing, a little Magic Bullet works perfectly.
  • The poppy seeds aren’t absolutely, totally necessary, but they so add a bit of texture and give it a beautiful look.
  • Here is my favorite citrus juicer, and this strawberry huller is super cool too.
  • You can store this strawberry lime poppyseed vinaigrette in a jar in the refrigerator for several 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 lime poppy seed salad dressing is delicious with this Fruity Grilled Shrimp Salad or this Strawberry Spinach Salad.

A jar of Strawberry Lime Poppy Seed Vinaigrette behind a salad with mango and blackberries

If you like this blender salad dressing, you can also try these…

Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing Avocado Buttermilk Ranch Salad Dressing Fig Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing is sweet and tangy, with a flavor that will complement salads and sandwiches. It only takes minutes to blend up this easy gluten-free salad dressing recipe. lemon blueberry chia seed vinaigrette dressing

Strawberry Lime Poppy Seed Salad Dressing is a light and fresh vinaigrette for summer

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 Strawberry Lime Poppyseed Vinigrette

Strawberry Lime Poppy Seed Salad Dressing

This easy vinaigrette is made with fresh strawberries, and blends up in just seconds. The sweet, fruity dressing is balanced by the zing of fresh lime juice to really brighten the flavor. 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. If you love this salad dressing recipe as much as we do, I hope you’ll leave a comment and give it a FIVE STAR rating and share a photo on this pin on Pinterest!

Strawberry Lime Poppyseed Vinigrette
5 from 1 vote

Strawberry Lime Poppy Seed Salad Dressing

A simple sweet and tangy salad dressing perfect for summer.
Prep: 5 mins
Servings: 6


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


  • 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 Lime Poppy Seed Salad 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.

Originally published on Jun 13, 2012



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  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


    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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