If you are looking for a punch of flavor in your salad, this Creamy Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe is just what you need! Grill your chicken, add some greens and this will make the perfect Lemon Poppy Seed Chicken Salad for lunch, dinner or meal prep. This is a Whole30 – Paleo compliant recipe, gluten free, grain free and dairy free.
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Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing
So yeah, I kinda have a thing for lemon. I love, love, LOVE Lemon! 🍋 💛 And the lemon poppy seed combo is a magical pair.
Grilled chicken, fresh greens and this lemon poppy seed dressing just screams summer! This meal is perfect for those hot summer nights and for meal prep.
Lemon, poppy seeds and chicken are just meant to be together. Expect a few more recipes with the trio in the future. Until then, check out this lemon & poppy seed dish → Poppy Seed Lemon Chicken Salad
How long will this dressing last in the refrigerator?
I always try to use homemade dressings within 1 week because they don’t have all the chemicals and preservatives. But, within 2 weeks should be fine.
What if you can’t find Meyer Lemons?
No problemo. Regular lemons will work although they do tend to be more tart.
Can you sweeten this dressing?
Like I said, I really love lemon. I enjoy the bright tart flavor. I do not add sweetener to this lemon poppy seed dressing. I think the creaminess of the mayo balances the tart lemon. But, feel free to add maple syrup or honey 1 teaspoon at a time until the dressing is your preferred sweetness.
Just realize that if you do sweeten this dressing it is not Whole30 compliant but is still Paleo.
What tools do you need for this recipe?
This Citrus Juicer will make your life easier.These Chef’s Foundry Ceramic Knives are great for slicing, cutting and chopping! This Salad is great for meal prep, I use these Glass Meal Prep Containers with Lids.
Tips → Tricks → Suggestions →
- Not a fan of one or more of the salad ingredients? Switch it up. The Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing will go with just about everything. Optional add-ins: bacon, celery, tomatoes, nuts, peppers etc.
- Make dressing in a shaker or a jar with a lid. Then you just shake, shake, shake until it is blended.
- For meal prep, combine everything but dressing. Add dressing before serving to prevent a soggy salad.
Here are a few more dressing recipes to liven up those Summer salads →
Chicken Bacon Salad with Orange Maple Dressing
Creamy Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing by Mama Loves Food
Mandarin Salad with Balsamic Dressing
Beet & Goat Cheese Salad with Orange Vinaigrette
Cilantro Lime Dressing by Fifteen Spatulas
Peanut Lime Dressing by Bless This Mess
Honey Mustard Dressing
- 3/4 Cup Olive or Avocado Oil
- 1/4 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice, (1-2 lemons)
- 1 Tablespoon Poppy Seeds
- 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
- 2 Tablespoons Mayonnaise
- Salt/Pepper To Taste
- Whisk all ingredients together until fully combined. Or, add ingredients to jar with a lid. Tighten lid and shake until incorporated.
- Refrigerate any leftovers.
**If a sweetened dressing is preferred, add maple syrup or honey 1 teaspoon at a time until desired flavor. Note: this recipe is NOT Whole30 compliant when sweeteners are added.**
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