Rhubarb Poppyseed Dressing from the Rhubarb Cookbook

Rhubarb poppyseed dressing? You bet, it’s sweet, creamy and delicious, everything you’d expect in a poppyseed dressing. And yes, it’s made with rhubarb juice!

rhubarb poppyseed dressing on spoon beside fresh mixed salad
A jar of homemade rhubarb poppyseed dressing, perfect for springtime salads.

Also Read: The Rhubarb Cookbook,  7 Creamy Dressings (Dairy & Non-Dairy), Guide to DIY Vinaigrettes Dressings.

Every good salad dressing is a combination of acid, oil, an emulsifier and seasoning. This salad dressing is no different. The tart, acidic addition comes from the rhubarb juice and a touch of red wine vinegar. It’s blended with canola oil, a nice neutral oil that I love for salad dressings. It’s all held together and seasoned with mustard, honey and a touch of salt and pepper.

spooning on rhubarb poppyseed dressing
Rhubarb poppyseed dressing on fresh greens with strawberries, pecans, feta and quinoa. Fresh herbs and edible blossoms add a final touch.

That pretty pink hue comes from the rhubarb juice. Read How to Make Rhubarb Juice to learn how to quick and easy it is to make – basically boil and strain. You can even turn that juice into amazing Rhubarb Simple Syrup which you can use for tasty cocktails and mocktails.

Dress up your favourite salads.

Rhubarb Poppyseed Dressing Recipe

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Rhubarb Poppyseed Dressing

A pretty, sweet and delicious poppyseed dressing perfect for fresh spring greens and classic strawberry and spinach salads.
Prep : 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 1/2 cup rhubarb juice
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds


  • Using a small food processor or a narrow, tall container ideal for an immersion blender, combine rhubarb juice, honey, red wine vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper.  Blend well.
  • Slowly blend canola oil into rhubarb mixture to create a creamy dressing.
  • Stir in poppy seeds.
  • Drizzle over prepared salad.


To get a creamy texture that will stay blended, it’s important to add the canola oil slowly with the blender going.
This dressing can be stored in the fridge for 5 days.
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rhubarb poppyseed dressing salad on plate
Perfect dressing for a classic spinach and strawberry salad.


Once you dress tender fresh greens, they will not store very well at all. To keep your salad as fresh as possible, dress just before serving or better yet, serve the dressing on the side. This way, each person can add their desired amount and any leftover salad can be kept for another day.

Store this dressing in the fridge and use it and other creamy salad dressings within 5-7 days.

rhubarb poppyseed dressing
Serve on the side and let everyone dress their own salad.

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Whether you want to preserve your rhubarb by freezing, canning or making jam, bake classics like pie, crisps and muffins or explore new and savory recipes like rhubarb focaccia, rhubarb BBQ sauce or honey rhubarb sesame chicken, the rhubarb cookbook has you covered. Don’t waste time searching for rhubarb recipes. Get them all in one handy dandy resource from a trusted source, ad-free.

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