This healthy Creamy Lemon Poppyseed Dressing requires only 7 simple ingredients - including the salt. And the best part is you don't get any of the added preservatives and other ingredients that bottled dressings are ladened with!
I'll admit that I don't make my own salad dressing too often. It just seems so easy to grab a bottle of dressing off the shelf at my grocer and go home and pour it on my salad. Well, this Creamy Lemon Poppyseed Dressing recipe proves that making your own salad dressing at home can be just as easy!
Making Creamy Lemon Poppyseed Dressing
The process for making this dressing couldn't be any easier. Simply whisk together Greek yogurt, olive oil, vinegar, stevia or other granulated sweetener, lemon juice, lemon zest, poppy seeds and salt together in a medium bowl until fully combined. That's it! See, I wasn't kidding about how simple the process is!
A Few Notes for Creamy Lemon Poppyseed Dressing
You can use either low-fat or non-fat Greek yogurt in this recipe. I used non-fat yogurt and it was delicious! Some other poppyseed dressing recipes use mayonnaise, which significantly increases the fat content. We're keeping this dressing light and healthy by using Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise.
Be careful with the sweetener you choose for this dressing. Regular sugar works perfectly in this recipe - it's the sugar substitutes that you must be careful with. Make sure that your stevia, monk fruit or other zero-calorie sweetener has a one-to-one replacement ratio with sugar before adding the full two tablespoons this recipe calls for. Most zero-calorie sweeteners have "baking blends" which have a one-to-one replacement ratio with sugar. These work perfectly for this recipe. This is the brand I used for this dressing.
Regular granulated variations of sweeteners like stevia and monk fruit are much sweeter than sugar and require a much smaller amount to equal the same sweetness level as sugar. If you do chose to use the regular granulated versions of these sweeteners (they are typically sold in much smaller smaller packages), start with a very small amount (like one packet or half a teaspoon) and taste your dressing to see if you need to add more.
For this recipe, I used regular white vinegar but you may also apple cider vinegar if you prefer. I find that the white vinegar adds the perfect amount of acidity and tanginess that you want in a vinaigrette without competing with the other flavors in this dressing.
You Will Love this Lemon Poppyseed Dressing drizzled over our Apple Berry Walnut Salad!
Creamy Lemon Poppyseed Dressing
- ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt low-fat or fat-free
- 1 tablespoon olive oil extra virgin
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons stevia baking blend or granulated sweetener of choice*
- 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
- pinch salt
- juice of one lemon
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- In a small bowl, whisk together Greek yogurt, olive oil, vinegar, stevia or granulated sweetener of choice*, poppy seeds, salt, lemon juice and lemon zest until smooth and creamy.