Homemade Raspberry Poppyseed Vinaigrette

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This Raspberry Poppyseed Vinaigrette is a lusciously creamy, yet refreshingly tangy dressing that perfectly complements any garden salad. Ideal for drizzling over a Monte Cristo Salad, this homemade dressing combines the delightful flavors of raspberries and poppy seeds for a unique taste experience. For another homemade option, check out my classic Poppyseed Dressing!

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Homemade Raspberry Poppyseed Vinaigrette


Why Make Homemade Dressing?

Creating your own dressings allows you to control the ingredients—ensuring no preservatives or unwanted additives. Plus, the taste of homemade often surpasses that of store-bought versions. This raspberry poppyseed variant is not only great on salads but also delicious when used as a dip for artisan breads.

Homemade Raspberry Poppyseed Vinaigrette

Dressing Components

  • Poppy Seeds: These tiny seeds are not only packed with minerals that promote relaxation and bone health but also add a delightful crunch to the dressing.
  • Mustard: Dijon mustard is preferred for its creamy texture and sharp tang.
  • Raspberries: You can use either fresh or thawed frozen raspberries for this recipe.

Homemade Raspberry Poppyseed Vinaigrette

Recipe Yield

This recipe produces about 2 cups (1 pint) of dressing, ideal for dressing several large salads or serving as a dip in a larger gathering.

Homemade Raspberry Poppyseed Vinaigrette

Substitutions and Modifications

  • Mustard Options: While Dijon is recommended for its flavor, yellow mustard can be used for a milder taste, though it lacks the sharpness typical of Dijon.
  • Blending Options: No immersion blender? No problem! A regular blender works just fine to combine all the ingredients smoothly.
  • Adjusting Quantity: Feel free to double the recipe if you’re catering to a crowd, or halve it if you’re preparing a smaller meal.

Storing the Dressing

Store the mixed dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator, where it will keep for up to a week.

Homemade Raspberry Poppyseed Vinaigrette


  • ½ cup (109 g) vegetable oil
  • ⅓ cup (67 g) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (119 g) white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • ½ cup raspberries, fresh or frozen (thawed)


  1. Prepare the Vinaigrette: In a large mason jar or similar container, combine oil, sugar, vinegar, mayonnaise, mustard, salt, onion, poppy seeds, and raspberries.
  2. Blend: Use an immersion blender to process the mixture until smooth, approximately 30 seconds. Alternatively, blend in a standard blender.
  3. Chill and Serve: Refrigerate the dressing for at least an hour to meld the flavors. Serve chilled over your favorite salads or as a dipping sauce.

Homemade Raspberry Poppyseed Vinaigrette

Enjoy this vibrant and tangy raspberry poppyseed vinaigrette as a delightful addition to your salad or as a unique dip for your next meal!

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