This super easy Lemon Ginger Poppyseed Salad Dressing transforms boring greens to bright, fresh and delicious salads!
Looking to put a little delicious pizzazz into your life during these long, chilly winter months? This Lemon Ginger Poppyseed Salad Dressing is the perfect prescription! We've been enjoying it for the past few weeks on all sorts of salads.
It's one of those throw-it-all-in-a-jar-and-shake dressings that make it quite ridiculous to even consider buying prepared salad dressings at the grocery store. If you've ever looked at the labels of commercial salad dressings you'll know that many of them are loaded with preservatives and chemicals. And honestly, this Lemon Ginger Poppyseed Salad Dressing is so easy, you probably couldn't even be out of your driveway by the time you can have a jar of it made and ready to go.
The ingredient list is simple and short: freshly squeezed lemon juice, honey, grated fresh ginger, olive oil, salt and pepper. I experimented with adding other ingredients; garlic, shallots, rice vinegar and sesame oil. In the end, we liked this simple version the best as it truly lets the lemon and ginger flavors shine.
Lemon Ginger Poppyseed Salad Dressing is wonderful with any type of greens; bib lettuce, field greens, romaine, red leafy lettuce, spinach etc. We especially love the way it enhances bitter greens like arugula and kale. I've got a wonderful recipe coming next week I think you'll love, featuring this dressing but in the meantime, have fun experimenting with it!
One last thing. In addition to a fabulous salad dressing, this simple concoction also makes a delicious (and pretty) drizzle for grilled or pan-seared chicken, shrimp, salmon, cod, etc. I love how it adds a gourmet touch of fresh deliciousness to everyday dishes. We just won't tell anyone how easy it is. Deal?
P.S. It's easy to keep the ingredients on hand for this dressing it all times. If fresh ginger isn't a regular staple in your pantry, and easy alternative is to stash a tube of this ginger paste in your freezer. I always keep a tube in my freezer for quick and easy fresh ginger. I let it thaw 5-10 minutes, squeeze out whatever I need then pop it right back into the freezer. You can find this wonderful little condiment at most larger grocery stores in the produce section.
Tired of the same-old, same-old? This super easy Lemon Ginger Poppyseed Salad Dressing transforms boring greens to bright, fresh and delicious salads!
- 3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1 ½ teaspoons poppy seeds*
Place all ingredients in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake well.
* Poppy Seeds can be ridiculously expensive. If you can find them sold in bulk, they're much cheaper (even at places like Whole Foods!). If you have a middle eastern grocery you'll also find them quite inexpensive.