Light Recipes - Reduced Sugar, Salt

Light Peach Poppy Seed Dressing – No Sugar Needed

Pair Ontario peaches with pectin to create a gourmet dressing worthy of 5-star gourmet fame. Drizzle it over greens or fruits for fabulous, fat-free flavour. Grated rind & juice of two large limes.


  • 8 cups (2000 ml) peeled, pitted & chopped peaches
  • 1 -1/2 cups (375 ml) apple juice
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) grated gingerroot
  • 1/2 pkg BERNARDIN® No Sugar Needed Fruit Pectin, (2 ½ tbsp / 35 ml)
  • 1 cup (250 ml) corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) poppy seed


  • Place 7 clean 250 ml mason jars on a rack in a boiling water canner. Cover jars with water and heat to a simmer (180°F/82°C). Set screw bands aside. Keep jars hot until ready to use.
  • Preheating Bernardin® lids is not advised. The sealing compound used for our home canning lids performs better at room temperature than it does pre-heated in simmering water (180°F). Simply wash lids in hot, soapy water, dry, and set aside until needed. Preheating can lead to less vacuum being achieved during water bath canning, and to buckle failures during pressure canning.
  • Grate lime rind & squeeze juice; measure 1/3 cup (75 ml). Combine peaches, apple juice, lime rind and juice in food processor or blender; puree. Pour puree into measure. If necessary, add apple juice to yield 7 cups (1750 ml). Transfer to large deep saucepan. Whisk in Fruit Pectin and gingerroot. Stirring occasionally, bring mixture to a boil.
  • Add corn syrup and sugar. Return mixture to a full rolling boil; boil hard 1 minute. Stir in poppy seed.
  • Ladle hot mixture into a hot jar to within 1/4 inch (0.5 cm) of top of jar (headspace). Using nonmetallic utensil, remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if required, by adding more dressing. Wipe jar rim removing any food residue. Centre hot sealing disc on clean jar rim. Screw band down until resistance is met, then increase to fingertip tight. Return filled jar to rack in canner. Repeat for remaining dressing.
  • When canner is filled, ensure that all jars are covered by at least one inch (2.5 cm) of water. Cover canner and bring water to full rolling boil before starting to count processing time. At altitudes up to 1000 ft (305 m), process –boil filled jars –10 minutes *.
  • When processing time is complete, remove canner lid, wait 5 minutes, then remove jars without tilting and place them upright on a protected work surface. Cool upright, undisturbed 24 hours; DO NOT RETIGHTEN screw bands.
  • After cooling check jar seals. Sealed discs curve downward and do not move when pressed. Remove screw bands; wipe and dry bands and jars. Store screw bands separately or replace loosely on jars, as desired. Label and store jars in a cool, dark place. For best quality, use home canned foods within one year.


February 13, 2023

Jody Wielgosz

Kelowna BC Canada

I made this dressing and canned it. My only regret is not making more! It works with any mixed green salad. It is also great on toasted sourdough with fresh ricotta.