Poppyseed Salad Dressing | Day 7 of 31 days of Salad

posted on: Saturday, January 7, 2012

I met Stephanie at a food blogging conference and we became instant friends. I knew we would. She was college besties with one of my besties from high school. Stephanie has really good taste in food and loves to travel. She also recently got engaged (squeal!) to a very creative guy. Congratulations Steph. Will you be serving this dressing at your wedding? You can follow Stephanie and her love story at her blog, The Local Spoon.

When the lovely Damaris from Kitchen Corners asked me to do a blog post on a favorite salad, I instantly thought of my grandmother's poppyseed dressing recipe. We love it so much, in fact, that when my sister got married last year I made it as favors for our 120 guests. We don't know where exactly the recipe came from, passed from friend to friend to my grandmother long ago, but my mom remembers it from dinner parties when she was a little girl, and claims all the neighbors and family friends came to my Grandma Boots for her famous poppyseed dressing. 

The recipe is incredibly simple. Sweet, a little tangy from the red onion, and perfect on a salad of baby lettuces or mixed greens. On this occasion I added some tomatoes, though in the past I've made it with avocado, or shaved red onion and blood oranges. It is pretty perfect on anything you can dream up. 

Poppyseed Salad Dressing
Makes 1 1/2 cups

1/2 c tarragon vinegar* 
1/2 c sugar 
1 tsp dry ground mustard 
1 tsp table salt 
2 tbs grated red onion 
1 c vegetable oil 
1 tbs poppy seeds 
  1. Mix dry ingredients except poppy seeds. 
  2. Slowly add the oil and vinegar, whisking to mix. 
  3. Add poppy seeds. 
*If you cannot find tarragon vinegar feel free to use a substitute. Red and white whine vinegar, or a mixture of both, work great.

Day 1- Green Papaya Salad
Day 2- Avocado and Mango Salad


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