This may be the dressing to end all other dressings. Tossed in loose greens, it is magical. It packs with it the unique flavor of poppyseed, the savory depth of caramelized onion and balsamic vinegar, and the sweetness of maple syrup.

Caramelized Onion & Balsamic Dressing

Caramelized Onion & Balsamic Dressing


3 Tbs poppyseed

1 medium-sized onion, chopped

1/2 c maple syrup

1/3 c balsamic vinegar

3/4 c + 2 Tbs avocado oil

1/4 c extra virgin olive oil

1 1/2 tsp fine sea salt


Saute onion in 2 Tbs of avocado oil over low heat, stirring occasionally. Continue in this manner until the onions are very soft, nicely browned, and sweet-tasting. Add the poppyseed and stir to combine. Cook for approximately two minutes. The poppyseed will be nicely fragrant at this point. Keeping the heat on low, add the balsamic vinegar. Stir the mixture to combine. Remove from the heat and pour the mixture into a blender. Add the remaining ingredients to the blender and blend on high until all of the ingredients are pureed. Allow the dressing to cool to room temperature or stick it in the refrigerator to cool it down before use. The yield is approximately 2 cups.

Salad accompaniments that will go well with this dressing:


Bacon (of course)

Crumbled feta cheese

Chopped fresh red pepper or oven-roasted peppers


Sunflower seeds


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