You'll find yourself drizzling this delicious, sweet, tangy Honey-Cider Poppy Seed Dressing on a zillion different kinds of salads - and lots of other things too!
When Scott and I moved to the mountains of western North Carolina last August, we were blessed with a larger house than we need for just the two of us. Over the past year, we've been delighted to be able to share it with others. The house has been well-used these past few months, with lots of family and friends visiting for overnight and weekend stays, as well as lunch and dinner get-togethers. Keeping a huge jar of this delicious Honey-Cider Poppy Seed Dressing has been one of my secrets for throwing together easy main dish and side salads for our "Café guests".
It's also been a mainstay for Scott and I. On busy days I just pull out whatever leftovers are in the fridge, add some crisp, fresh greens and dried or fresh fruit and drizzle it all with this Honey-Cider Poppy Seed Dressing. Voila! We have a healthy, easy, DELICIOUS meal.
How to use this Honey-Cider Poppy Seed Dressing
There are so many different types of salad that are enhanced with this dressing. It's great with:
- baby spinach
- field greens
- power greens
- Bibb lettuce
After choosing one of these greens as a base, I've paired this Honey-Cider Poppy Seed Dressing with:
- sweet strawberries
- crunchy cucumbers,
- plump blueberries
- fresh corn
- crisp apples
- green or red grape halves
- juicy mango
- velvety avocado
- hard boiled eggs
- any kind of dried fruit
- Easy Candied Pecans
- Honey and Sea Salt Almonds
- Sweet and Spicy Roasted Pistachios
- lots more
All with fabulous results! This Honey-Cider Poppy Seed Dressing is also wonderful drizzled over grilled chicken, shrimp, pork tenderloin and salmon.
Another thing I love about this Honey-Cider Poppy Seed Dressing? It's ridiculously easy to make. Just throw all the ingredients in a jar and give it a good shake-shake-shake. That's it!
Scott had some fun catching the poppy seeds meandering silently through the olive oil-honey-vinegar mixture!
Café Tips for making this Honey-Cider Poppy Seed Dressing
- Use a pint-size jar to make this dressing. Anything smaller and you'll have dressing overflowing the top.
- Ground or dry mustard is available in most grocery stores in the spice section. It's got a mild flavor and helps with emulsifying the dressing. In a pinch, use a teaspoon of good Dijon mustard.
- Poppy seeds are delicious and add a whimsical touch to salads, muffins, cake, etc. They should be stored in the freezer, however, as they can go rancid and end up tasting bitter.
- Store this Honey-Cider Poppy Seed Dresing in the refrigerator when not being used. It will stay fresh for up to 2 weeks.
- This recipe makes a fairly large batch of dressing. No worries though, there are lots of ways to use it (see above) and it's one of those dressings that everyone loves!
- If you measure the oil first and then use the same cup to measure the honey, the honey will slide right out of the cup.
- I like to use clear apple cider vinegar for this Honey-Cider Poppy Seed Dressing for a pretty presentation. The cloudy (or natural) apple cider vinegar will work fine and taste good, however, it will make the dressing cloudy.
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- ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup honey
- ⅓ cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dried (ground) mustard
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
Combine all ingredients in a jar (at least pint-sizeand shake well. Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks in an airtight container or jar.
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