1/26/11

2 Creamy Poppyseed Salad Dressing


This past summer, I set a goal to make my own salad dressing.  Summer came and went.

For a Christmas dinner, I went shopping for salad dressings at the store and couldn't bring myself to pay almost $4 for a bottle of Brianna's Poppyseed dressing.  I remembered my goal and resolved to make this dressing.

I read the bottle:  Canola oil, sugar, water, white onion, white vinegar, salt, apple cider vinegar, poppy seeds, mustard flour, xanthan gum, tocopherols, citric acid.  I nixed the last three ingredients.  I use canola oil in my homemade mayonnaise and decided to start there.

I found several different recipes online and came up with a compiled, modified version that tastes pretty good ~ I couldn't believe how easy it was to put this together...

I chopped up some green onions.  You can see the itty bitty bits of green in the dressing.  You can mince a sweet white onion, if you prefer.


This only takes 1/2 cup of mayonnaise.  My immersion blender mayonnaise only takes 5 minutes to make; you should try it sometime!  If you use the Miracle Whip stuff, you will need to reduce the vinegar and sugar levels of the recipe.


Sugar to sweeten it up...


Lemon juice...




Homemade apple cider vinegar...I love the flavor of apple cider vinegar.  You can use white vinegar.


Ground mustard.  This adds a little kick along with the vinegar and lemon juice...



Blend it all together.  You can use a food processor, immersion blender or mixer/blender.  I borrowed hubby's Ninja and it basically pulverizes everything....even the onions...into a smooth sauce.



See? Smooth as silk.  If you need it thinner, just add a little milk.



You don't want to pulverize the poppy seeds, so transfer the dressing into a bowl...



Stir in the poppy seeds and Viola!  Sweet, tangy, slightly crunchy ~ perfect for a salad!


Enjoy!


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Creamy Poppy Seed Salad Dressing
Sweet and creamy, with the crunch of poppy seeds is wonderful in your favorite green salad. 
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon green onion, finely minced. Can use sweet white onion, if desired.
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • up to 1/4 cup milk, if too thick
Instructions
1. In a small bowl or food processor, blend mayo, sugar, onion, vinegars, lemon juice and ground mustard.2. Stir in poppy seeds and thin with milk to desired consistency. Dressing will keep in the fridge up to two weeks.
Details
Prep time: 10Cook time: 0Total time: 15Yield: about 1 cup 
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