Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing is the perfect way to add a sweet and tangy punch with a little crunch to your salads! Why buy store-bought when you can make this easy and delicious homemade dressing? All you need is olive oil, lemon juice, honey, and poppy seeds, and salt and pepper!
Summer Fruit Salads
Last week, I made Chicken Cutlets with Strawberry Salsa. The next day, I decided that I wanted to turn the leftovers into a salad. A salad similar to my favorite Panera’s Chicken and Poppy Seed Salad.
I figured that I could just add some lettuce leaves, dice the chicken and add the strawberry salsa for a good base. I had blueberries in the fridge so those would go in. All I needed was a dressing.
The dressing on the Panera’s salad is a poppy seed dressing, so I whipped up this Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing. Then for even more sweetness and crunch, I added Bourbon Candied Pecans. Because….why not!
How to Make Poppy Seed Dressing
Can we talk about how easy it is to make your own salad dressing? It takes maybe 5 minutes and tastes so fresh. Best of all you know all the ingredients and it’s not filled with ingredients with long chemical names and preservatives.
Step 1 – Gather your ingredients: olive oil (use a good quality extra virgin olive oil or a neutral oil,) fresh squeezed lemon juice, honey, poppy seeds, and salt and pepper.
Step 2 – either place all the ingredients in a jar or in a bowl. I prefer a jar because shaking it mixes everything together so well and if you have any leftovers you can easily store it in the refrigerator.
Step 3 – shake or whisk the ingredients until well combined.
Chicken Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing
I thought I’d show you a picture of my finished salad! it was every bit as good as it looks! The poppy seed salad dressing went perfect with the fruity chicken salad. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how amazing the Bourbon Candied Pecans were to top it off!
I will be using this homemade poppy seed dressing a lot, because it goes so well on salads that have fruit and almost all of my salads have some sort of fruit in them, even if it’s only dried cranberries.
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Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice fresh squeezed
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Gather your ingredients.
- Put all the ingredients in a small jar (or a small bowl) - either whisk until combined or put a lid on the jar and shake until combined.