Healthy Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

Gluten Free Living – 2014

Healthy Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing is fantastic. I tried this most amazing salad dressing the other day. In fact, it was SO good I ended up making two batches! It’s thick, creamy and spiked with fragrant and delicious, fresh, lemon zest. Throw in poppy seeds, of course, and this turned into one of my favorite salad dressings over night! I just loved it. I have so many different salad recipes that I like to serve poppy seed dressing with and, while I had a homemade recipe, I really liked the way this one turned out so much better.

I was making a meal for our pastor and his wife last week after they had some flooding and were staying at a hotel about 30 minutes away. I was planning on using some store bought dressing I had in the cabinet, but when I looked at the bottle, it seemed to have a weird color and the date had expired. I opened it up and decided very quickly to throw the dressing out. I didn’t have time to go to the store to buy more dressing, but I remembered seeing this fantastic looking salad dressing on Pinterest a few days before and decided to pull it up and see if I had the ingredients on hand. Thankfully, I did, but I decided to make a healthier version with Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise and honey instead of sugar. I also used heavy whipping cream instead of milk or half-and-half because the blogger said it would make the dressing creamier.

I don’t know what I was expecting, but I certainly wasn’t expecting a dressing that tasted as fantastic as this one did. The lemon zest just made the dressing pop. It was thick and creamy–just the way I like salad dressings. It was also sweet, and I love sweet salad dressings, especially sweet poppy seed dressings! It had everything–taste, texture, body. In fact, I took one lick on my finger tips and that was enough to convince me that I needed to make another batch for us! I sent the first batch of Healthy Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing along with the salad I was making for our pastor and his family: Spring Mix with Berries, Glazed Pecans and Feta Cheese. I made the second batch to serve with Salad Greens with Berries, Cashews and Goat Cheese which I made for a houseful of company for last Sunday’s lunch. Everyone enjoyed it. One of my guests who normally doesn’t even put much dressing on his salad tried it and loved it. Another nice thing about this dressing is it’s gluten free for those of you who are gluten intolerant.

If you’re looking for a spectacular poppy seed dressing to serve with your tossed salads, then you’ve got to give Healthy Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing a try! It will certainly wow you as it did me! While you’re at it, take a look at Nikki’s blog, “Chef-In-Training.” I’ve been following her blog for several years and she always comes up with very beautiful and creative recipes. While the name of her blog is Chef-In-Training, she is a first-class chef in every sense of the word. I hope you give today’s recipe a whirl. If you enjoy salads as much as I do, this one will blow your socks off! 😉

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Healthy Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing is one of the best homemade dressings I’ve tried recently.

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This dressing is thick, creamy and has great texture and taste.

 

Here’s what I did.

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These are the ingredients I used to make this dressing.

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Place all the ingredients in a blender and pulse about 15 seconds or until creamy. Serve over your favorite salad.

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I made a batch of Healthy Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing to go with my favorite salad: Spring Mix with Berries, Glazed Pecans and Feta Cheese. 

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I made a second batch of Healthy Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing to go with another favorite salad: Salad Greens with Berries, Cashews and Goat Cheese. This dressing was so amazing. The lemon zest just exploded in this recipe.

 

Here’s the recipe.

HEALTHY LEMON POPPY SEED DRESSING

(Recipe adapted from Chef-In-Training)

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Fantastic poppy seed dressing with a twist! This one incorporates lemon zest. This healthy version eliminates mayonnaise and sugar and substitutes Greek yogurt and honey for a dynamic, but healthier version of poppy seed dressing.
Prep Time 10 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend about 10-15 seconds until creamy.
  2. Makes just over 2 cups dressing.
Recipe Notes
Recipe adapted from Chef-in-Training.

 

[b]Healthy Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing[/b]
Recipe Type: Salads and Salad Dressings
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from [url href=”http://www.chef-in-training.com/2014/06/creamy-poppy-seed-dressing/” target=”_blank” title=”creamy poppy seed dressing”]Chef-In-Training[/url]
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 10
Fantastic poppy seed dressing with a twist! This one incorporates lemon zest. This healthy version eliminates mayonnaise and sugar and substitutes Greek yogurt and honey for a dynamic, but healthier version of poppy seed dressing.
Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup [url href=”http://www.chobani.com/” target=”_blank” title=”chobani”]Chobani[/url] plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 8 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 6 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. freshly grated lemon zest
  • 4 tsp. poppy seeds
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend about 10-15 seconds until creamy.
  2. Makes just over 2 cups dressing.

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Everyone who tried this tasty dressing this past week loved it!

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Healthy Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing is a winner in our household! I think you’ll enjoy it, too.

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