Sweet, tangy, delicious Keto Poppy Seed Dressing is the perfect way to shake up your salad routine! It tastes so much better than store-bought dressing, and since you control the ingredients, you know there’s no added sugar, fillers, or unwanted additives. This recipe takes minutes to make, and you can store it in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. (So you can throw together delicious salads any time). Now, you don’t need to settle for expensive salad dressing brands when you can make this Poppy Seed Salad Dressing right at home!
Salads have always been one of my favorite foods. In fact, I love them so much, I ate one for breakfast every day for many years!
They’re really just an excuse to put a bunch of delicious foods in one bowl. The trick is simply finding ingredients and combinations that make your taste buds sing. For me, this Keto Poppy Seed Dressing definitely accomplishes that.
First, I think homemade dressings taste so much better than store-bought. Second, it’s so easy to make! It can be ready in minutes, and then you can store it in your refrigerator for up to 10 days for convenient salads at any time.
Plus, by making it yourself, you can control the ingredients. No added sugars, no preservatives, no unwanted additives. Just a delicious, easy, low-carb, sugar-free poppy seed dressing that will make you want to eat salads all the time.
If you’ve been looking forward to spring and summer salads, you’ll love this light dressing recipe. You may never go back to store-bought dressing again!
Ingredients for Making Low Carb Poppy Seed Dressing
- Poppy Seeds - Poppy seeds are tiny, hard seeds with a slightly nutty fragrance that gets stronger when toasted. Make sure you use fresh poppy seeds — they can turn rancid quickly because of the high-fat content. They are best stored in the freezer if you will not use them right away.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil - Extra virgin means the oil is minimally processed, retaining more vitamins and antioxidants.
- Red Wine Vinegar - This ingredient adds a wonderful, tangy flavor.
- Powdered Sweetener - I recommend Swerve Confectioners. If you only have granulated sweetener, you can throw it in a blender for a few seconds. If you prefer, you could also use keto-friendly maple syrup.
- Lemon Juice - This adds a bright, vibrant flavor.
- Dry Mustard - Powdered mustard seeds will blend easily into your dressing.
- Sea Salt - Salt is excellent for enhancing natural flavors.
Tips, Tricks, and Variations
- For a creamy poppy seed dressing, stir in two tablespoons of full fat plain Greek Yogurt or sugar-free mayonnaise.
- If you don’t have a blender handy, you can use an immersion blender or add the dressing to a mason jar, close the lid, and shake vigorously.
- You can use avocado oil instead of extra virgin olive oil if you prefer.
- To substitute the red wine vinegar, you can use white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar instead.
- If you don’t have dry mustard, substitute a tablespoon of dijon mustard.
- For a tasty variation on this Keto Caprese Salad, replace the EVOO and balsamic vinegar with a drizzle of poppy seed dressing!
- Crispy Air Fryer Broccoli gets a fun, flavorful twist when you toss it in a little dressing.
- This Keto Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing has pickled onions, strawberries, toasted pecans, and goat cheese. It is one of my favorite summer salads!
Frequently Asked Questions
That depends entirely on the ingredients. For example, a popular store-bought brand can have as much as 5 grams of carbohydrates and 5 grams of sugar in a measly 2 tablespoon serving.
This Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing, on the other hand, is absolutely keto-friendly! It’s low in carbs, there’s no sugar added, and you get a boost of healthy fats from the extra virgin olive oil.
Yes, I always recommend using fresh poppy seeds. Due to their high-fat content, poppy seeds can turn rancid very quickly when not stored properly.
Simply keep your poppy seeds in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They’ll stay fresh for up to 6 months, or you can place them in the freezer to store them for up to a year.
Tools Needed To Make Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe
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- Blender, immersion blender, or mason jar
- Small skillet
I love having this dressing ready to go in my refrigerator. I can throw together a tasty poppy seed salad any time the craving strikes!
To store the dressing, keep it in an airtight container in the fridge. I recommend using within 10 days or so.
How To Make Keto Poppy Seed Dressing
Place a small skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the poppy seeds and cook for 90 seconds, until fragrant, then set aside.
In a blender, combine the olive oil, red wine vinegar, sweetener, lemon juice, mustard, salt, and pepper.
Add the poppy seeds and pulse until smooth.
Refrigerate until you’re ready to serve.
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- This easy Tex Mex Dressing is packed with flavor and only requires four ingredients to make!
- Keto Blue Cheese Dressing is a staple recipe that can be adjusted to your taste, so feel free to play around.
Keto Poppy Seed Dressing
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup red wine vinegar
- 3 tablespoons powdered Swerve or sweetener of choice
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- Heat a small skillet to medium and add poppy seeds. Cook for 90 seconds, until fragrant.
- In a blender, combine the olive oil, red wine vinegar, poppy seeds, sweetener, lemon juice, mustard, salt, and pepper.
- Process until smooth.
- Refrigerate until serving.