Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing with Greek Yogurt

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You’ve got to try this lightened up but still totally creamy poppy seed dressing. It’s sweet and tangy and oh so creamy. Our Salad Dressing topic is brought to you by Stonyfield Organic. Gotta love that healthy tasty yogurt!

Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing with Greek Yogurt

The other day I told you all about the homemade Caesar salad dressing that my parents’ restaurants were famous for (yeah, you gotta click and go check that out. It’s seriously that good). Well, I think my mom just has a real knack for salad dressings since she was almost as famous for her spinach salad dressing. That one was creamy, bacony, sweet, tangy and served warm over baby spinach leaves. Sooooo addictive.

I can’t give you that recipe because it’s a family secret. No, really. They’d disown me. But I can give you this riff on it. It’s creamy and sweet and tangy and has the addition of poppyseeds and lemon. I love it on a salad of dark greens and fruit, like grapes or strawberries.

Mom mom’s original spinach salad dressing was completely mayonnaise-based. I lightened this version up a bit by taking some of the mayo out and replacing it with Greek yogurt. You honestly can’t even tell. Super-duper good.

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Homemade Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

Yield: 1 and 1/3 cups

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. hot tap water
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. canola or grape seed oil
  • 1 Tbsp. poppy seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper


  1. Dissolve sugar in hot water. Let cool. Stir in yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, oil, poppy seeds, salt and pepper.
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