Martina McBride’s Balsamic-Poppy Seed Dressing [RECIPE]

Martina McBride's Autumn Chopped Salad

Martina McBride’s Autumn Chopped Salad (Photo courtesy Jason Wallis)

The Balsamic-Poppy Seed Dressing has a pleasant tanginess that is a nice change of pace from the usual super sweet poppy seed dressings, plus it balances the sweetness of the dried cherries and pears. I dress the salad very lightly and offer more of the dressing for guests to add at the table if they wish.


  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon grated yellow onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Combine the poppy seeds, sugar, balsamic vinegar, onion, garlic, mustard powder, salt, and pepper in a food processor, pulsing 3 times. With the food processor running, gradually add the olive oil through the feed tube, blending until incorporated.
  2. Pour the dressing into a screw-top jar and store in the refrigerator. When ready to use, shake to recombine.

Yield: 1 cup

Martina McBride's Around The Table

William Morrow Cookbooks

Many thanks to country superstar Martina McBride for sharing this recipe from her new cookbook, Around the Table

Read Heather’s review of Martina McBride’s Around the Table here. 

About Martina McBride
I am a singer/songwriter who some have praised as the "Celine Dion of Country Music" for my vocal range and big-voiced ballads. You might know some of my songs like "Concrete Angel," "I'm Gonna Love You Through It" and "A Broken Wing." I was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1995. The Country Music Association named me Female Vocalist of the Year four times and the Recording Academy has nominated me for 14 Grammy Awards. When I'm not working, I like to spend time with the special people in my life, cooking for and entertaining my family and friends.

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