Raspberry Poppy Seed Dressing

LivFarms’ Raspberry Poppy Seed Dressing is a delightful fusion of sweet and tangy flavors, making it a vibrant addition to any salad. The core of this dressing lies in the raspberry puree, which lends a naturally sweet and slightly tart taste, beautifully complemented by the subtle acidity of apple cider vinegar. Olive oil provides a smooth, silky base that carries the other ingredients, while honey adds a touch of sweetness that balances the tanginess. The addition of poppy seeds introduces a slight crunch adding depth to the dressing. A pinch of salt and pepper rounds out the flavors, enhancing the natural fruitiness and brightness of the dressing. This dressing's light and fruity character pairs exceptionally well with LivFarms’ Green Leaf lettuce. To build a salad that complements this dressing, consider adding fresh fruit slices such as strawberries or kiwi for an extra burst of sweetness and avocado for creaminess. Crumbled goat cheese or feta can also add a creamy, tangy element that meshes well with the dressing's fruity notes. Together, these ingredients create a refreshing and visually stunning salad that's perfect for a summer meal or a special occasion.


  • 1/4 cup raspberry puree (Alternative: mango puree)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a bowl, combine ¼ cup raspberry puree (or substitute with mango puree), 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, and 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  • Add 1 tablespoon honey to sweeten the dressing.
  • Incorporate 1 teaspoon poppy seeds for texture.
  • Season the dressing with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Whisk all the ingredients together until well combined.
  • Refrigerate the dressing for at least 30 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to meld.


Poppy seeds have a nutty, slightly sweet flavor with a pleasant, earthy undertone. Their small size and crunchy texture make them an excellent addition to salad dressings, adding a subtle crunch and depth of flavor. When used in the Raspberry Poppy Seed Dressing, especially paired with LivFarms' fresh lettuces, they can introduce a delightful textural contrast and a hint of nuttiness that complements the sweet and tangy flavors of the dressing. Poppy seeds can be sprinkled over salads made with LivFarms' Romaine, Green Leaf, or Red Leaf lettuce to enhance the overall taste and add visual appeal. The combination of raspberry puree's tartness, the sweetness of honey, and the earthiness of poppy seeds creates a balanced and flavorful dressing that is both nutritious and delicious.
Poppy seeds are nutritionally dense, offering a good source of essential minerals like calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. These minerals are vital for bone health, energy production, and maintaining nerve and muscle function. Poppy seeds also contain small amounts of iron and zinc, which are important for overall health and immunity. Additionally, they are a source of dietary fiber, which aids in digestion.
The consumption of poppy seeds can contribute to several health benefits. The high calcium and phosphorus content supports strong bones and teeth, making them a valuable addition to any diet focused on bone health. The magnesium in poppy seeds can help regulate muscle and nerve functions, manage blood sugar levels, and support the production of protein and DNA. Furthermore, the dietary fiber in poppy seeds contributes to digestive health, helping to prevent constipation and promoting a healthy gut. While poppy seeds are consumed in relatively small quantities, their inclusion in diets can still contribute to these health benefits.

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