Sweet Lemon-Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

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It’s been a while since I’ve actually purchased a bottle of salad dressing for us at the house. It’s safe to say I’ve been feeling pretty confident in my salad dressing-making abilities. Easy vinaigrettes are just plain life-savers as you just need a handful of ingredients to toss together something really good.

My new fave topping for green salads is definitely this Sweet Lemon-Poppy Seed Vinaigrette!


How to make sweet lemon-poppy seed vinaigrette

This is a no-fuss vinaigrette that requires just six simple ingredients to make a small batch. If you have some olive oil, one lemon or store bought lemon juice, honey, poppy seeds, and some salt and pepper in your kitchen, you are good to go. You will have a sweet, tangy homemade dressing all ready to drizzle over your next bowl of leafy greens in no time!

The hardest part of making this recipe will be the short wait you have to endure before you can use it. It’s best to allow the Lemon Poppy Seed dressing to sit on the countertop or chill in the fridge for 20- 30 minutes for some delicious results. This tangy vinaigrette thickens slightly as it sits, and the flavors will come together beautifully if given just a little bit of extra time to mingle.

Stay cool my friends and happy eating!! xoxo -M

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Sweet Lemon-Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

Recipe by Marcelle at A Little Fish in the Kitchen Course: SaladsCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Chill Time



  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • Juice of one lemon (2-3 tablespoons juice, to taste)

  • 2-3 tablespoons honey (sweeten to taste)

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • a heaping 1/4 teaspoon poppy seeds


  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl or mason jar and stir well.
  • Allow vinaigrette to sit or chill for at least 30 minutes before serving so vinaigrette can thicken slightly and flavors can marry.
  • Stir or shake vinaigrette just before serving. Serve with your favorite green salad and enjoy!

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  • Recipe as published on A Little Fish in the Kitchen at www.alittlefishinthekitchen.com. All content is owned by Marcelle G. Bolton. Please contact the author for permission to republish.


  1. Your vinaigrette would be perfect on a fruit salad.

  2. About the only salad dressing we buy is a refrigerated blue cheese one. Only because if we have blue cheese in the house, it usually disappears before we get around to making salad dressing with it. πŸ™‚ This looks terrific — really like the use of poppy seeds in this. Neat recipe — thanks.

  3. I have not bought a salad dressing for over 32 years – it just got too hard to find them without garlic (when I became allergic). But, unlike you, I sort of became a one-note samba… I need to mix things up a bit and make some new dressings – like this one! And I have all the ingredients on hand!

  4. I’ve been eating so many salads lately, and could use a new dressing. And I’ve got loads of poppyseeds!

  5. One of my favourite dressing and I would pour it over every single salad πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful weekend, Marcelle.

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