Sugar-free sweet poppyseed dressing

by Kris on July 12, 2011 · 16 comments

Lately at work I’ve taken to grabbing a big green salad and topping it with some hard cooked eggs and a drizzle of whatever salad dressing we have in the fridge for a quick, digestion-friendly dinner. I recently fell in love with this poppyseed dressing we always seem to have on hand. It’s vegan and gluten-free, however it is definitely not sugar-free.

By all other standards, the ingredients are quite natural for a bottled dressing: Canola Oil, Fresh Onion, Vinegars (White, Cider), Sugar, Water, Poppyseeds, Salt, Mustard Flour, Xanthan Gum. [source]

But I wanted to recreate this dressing at home without any canola oil, sugar or white vinegar… was it possible?

Yes, yes and yes! My homemade version of this dressing was not only spot-on with the original, but I managed to create it without any of the above slightly sketchy additives. I’ve been pouring it on everything, but my favorite is still spring greens and hard cooked eggs. Try it, it won’t disappoint!

{Quick note: this recipe does contain raw onions, which can be a digestive irritant, so steer clear if onions bother you!}

Sugar-free Sweet Poppyseed dressing

1/2 cup grapeseed or other neutral oil
1/2 medium white onion, roughly chopped
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp stevia powder
1/4 tsp mustard powder
1 tbsp poppyseeds
sea salt, to taste

1. In a blender, blend all ingredients well. Add salt to taste, and more stevia if desired for a sweeter flavor.

Makes about 1 cup dressing



As you might already know, my good friend Susan was recently diagnosed with Lymphoma. In an effort to help her with the piles of medical bills she will be encountering during her treatment, the amazing Janetha from Meals & Moves has put together a blogger auction that will take place on Monday, July 25, 2011. I will be donating my gluten-free jumbo breakfast cookies, seen here and here, along with a few other g-free goodies!

Actual auction details:

  • The auction date has been set for Monday, July 25th.
  • The auction bidding will run from 8:00 AM (EST) to 11:00 PM (EST) on the 25th.
  • The auction will be hosted on my blog (
  • I have published a promotional page that tells a bit about Susan, her situation and what The Great Fundraising Act actually is. Here is the link:
  • The only form of payment I will be accepting for the auction is PayPal. However, if winning bidders do not have a PayPal account, they will be able to use The Great Fundraising Act donation button to pay for their item(s) with a bank account or major credit card (more on that below)
  • When the auction has ended, I will email invoices to all winning bidders (through PayPal)
  • When the item has been paid for, I will notify donors with the winning bidders addresses (both physical and email) so you can get your items sent out.
  • All payments will be transferred directly to Susan’s PayPal account!

From Janetha: There will be AT LEAST 100 items to bid on, There will be baked goods, but there will also be so much more including large gift baskets from various popular companies, autographed books and cookbooks and awesome online services!!

In addition, if you’d like to donate directly to Susan, you can do so here:


I hope all of you participate in the auction, Susan deserves every bit of the love she is being given in this tough time!


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Dmarie July 12, 2011 at 1:42 pm

I’m trying to reduce my sugar consumption, but I’d not have thought to use stevia in a salad dressing. Thanks!!

Jen Rotstein July 12, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Ha! I actually know Renee personally…isn’t that random? Your dressing looks deelish! I love poppyseed dressing.

Susan July 12, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Whaaaa!? Renee’s is my favourite dressing! That’s like knowing a rock star. The poppy seed is my favourite too – best on spinach salad.

Thanks for the shout out Kristin AND for your gluten-free cookies AND for being an awesome friend :)

Kristin July 13, 2011 at 10:37 am

You’re welcome on all accounts! Working on sending you some cookies, too :)


Kristin July 13, 2011 at 10:36 am

SO random! haha

Gillian Young July 12, 2011 at 3:37 pm

This looks divine!! I love your recipes Kris!

Kristin July 13, 2011 at 10:38 am

Aww thank you :)

Dani @ Body By Nature July 12, 2011 at 4:43 pm

You have no idea how happy this post makes me! I use to LOVE Renee’s Poppy Seed Dressing but stopped buying it because of all the added junk, so excited to try this out!

Kristin July 13, 2011 at 10:38 am

Awesome, I hope you like it! :)

janetha @ meals & moves July 12, 2011 at 5:26 pm


Kristin July 13, 2011 at 10:38 am

No YOU are the bestest :)

Timmy August 28, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Love that it’s sugar free

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