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5 Ingredient Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

There are thousands of recipes for lemon poppyseed dressing out there, and many of the ones I’ve tried are quite good. But they often include lots of ingredients, lots of steps, and sometimes end up tasting like syrup. This version only has 5 ingredients and takes only 5 minutes to put together.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 Cup White Sugar
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1/2 Tbsp Poppy Seeds


  • Toast the poppy seeds in a dry pan over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, tossing frequently to prevent burning.
  • Add the toasted poppy seeds to the sugar and mix together together.
  • Wash and dry the lemon, then use a microplane to shave off about 1/4 tsp of zest from the skin. Add this zest to the sugar and mix together again.
  • Juice the lemon through a sieve to catch the seeds.
  • Combine the sugar mix (with poppy seeds and lemon zest) in a bowl with the mayonnaise, lemon juice and vinegar. Whisk together until smooth.