Copycat Cafe Zupas Poppyseed DressingI’m not gonna lie, this poppyseed salad dressing tastes really good without the poppyseeds. I know, because I made it again yesterday, trying (in vain) to shake out the last 12 poppyseeds stuck to the bottom of my empty jar.

Copycat Cafe Zupas Poppyseed DressingBut it still tastes amazing. I guess Poppyseed dressing sounds better than Mustardy Oil and Vinegar. And I will say that I do really like the hint of flavor the poppyseeds add.

Copycat Cafe Zupas Poppyseed Dressing

Poppyseed-less dressing is one thing, but listen to this: One of Eric’s old coworker’s (who is LDS like us, and doesn’t drink alcohol) was at a business lunch one time. Everyone at the table was ordering fancy cocktails. He decided to branch out:

“I’d like a virgin mimosa please!”

Waitress: “So you want…a glass of orange juice?”

Speaking of Mormons, have you guys ever been to Cafe Zupas? It’s a Utah chain. I love the place. Good, cheap food, mostly soups and salads. I have a copycat version of their Easy Cheddar Cauliflower Soup and it never fails.

Copycat Cafe Zupas Poppyseed Dressing
Their most famous salad is called the Nuts About Berries Salad. It’s very sweet, with lots of different berries and cinnamon-candied almonds. It’s topped off with this Poppyseed dressing.
Copycat Cafe Zupas Poppyseed Dressing
I love the dressing but the salad itself is a little on the sweet side for me. So I left out most of the berries, didn’t candy the almonds, and I added bleu cheese for a little savory bite. I love this dressing because I usually have the ingredients on hand. And there are only 7 of them. 6 if you omit the champagne poppyseeds. This dressing is the best because it does a magnificent  job covering up the taste of spinach. (Always a plus in my book).
Copycat Cafe Zupas Poppyseed Dressing

 P.S. Spellcheck did not scold me about the fact that the second word in this post is “gonna.” This concerns me. Even our computers are getting dumber guys.

Do you guys give up? Or are you thirsty for more?
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Copycat Cafe Zupas Poppyseed Dressing and Spinach Bleu Cheese Salad

4.67 from 6 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
This Copycat Cafe Zupas Poppyseed Dressing tastes just like the real thing! Sweet and unexpected.


For the Poppyseed Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil, I used half canola, half olive

For the salad:

  • 16 ounces baby spinach
  • 3 cups sliced strawberries
  • 6 ounces bleu cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted


  • Add all the dressing ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Set aside.
  • Toss all the salad ingredients except the almonds in a very large bowl. Add as much of the dressing as you want. Add the almonds. Toss and serve immediately.


This is a salad recipe, not a croissant recipe. If you want more almonds or less bleu cheese, embrace it.
Source: dressing recipe from The Pretty Life Anonymous


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 679kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 55g | Saturated Fat: 36g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 652mg | Potassium: 779mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 7314IU | Vitamin C: 64mg | Calcium: 313mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Calories: 679
Keyword: 10 Minute Recipe, bleu cheese, dressing, poppyseed, Salad, Spinach
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Long live salad:

Bleu Cheese Dressing Recipe from Barefeet in the Kitchen

Sweet Sensation Salad with Blush Onion Vinaigrette from It’s Always Autumn

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch from Will Cook for Smiles

Fail-Proof Honey Mustard Salad Dressing from Heather’s Dish

And poppyseeds: Meyer Lemon Bars with Poppyseed Crust from Foxes Love Lemons <<–These slay me. SLAY i say.

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  1. Absolutely fantastic dressing! I did not make the salad, just the dressing. My boyfriend said it was better than any store-bought version he has had! :) 

    1. Homemade dressings almost always beat store bought! I don’t know why I don’t make it more often! Thanks for the reminder :)

  2. Thanks for much for this dressing recipe. I use a store bought poppy seed dressing which we love but it has so many ingredients in it I would rather make it ourselves especially the type of oil used.

  3. I just made the dressing and had to comment to tell you it’s fabulous! I did reduce the sugar to 1/2 c because my family doesn’t like things as sweet. I have only eaten it out of a spoon so far, but in sure it’ll taste even better on a salad! I made it to go on a broccoli apple slaw.

    1. Oh yum this would be good on a broccoli salad! With apples! Yum I’ll have to try it out. Funny you mention the sugar amount, I just made this dressing again last week for the first time in a while, and I was like 3/4 cup sugar?? That’s a lot!! (I think I’m getting old and more health conscious :) I added a little less too. Haha!

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