Orange Poppy Seed Dressing is healthy refreshing dressing for any salad. With only a few ingredients, this dressing can enhance the flavor of salad. No more boring salad!
Navel oranges are in season and very sweet. I was at Sam’s and bags of sweet smelling navel oranges caught my attention. They were huge and cheap. In a bag, there were 10 for less than $5. I took one bag then changed my mind and got another one.
I usually don’t buy in bulk especially fruits. But I can't resist, they smelled so sweet and looked so plump and juicy.
Consuming oranges especially during winter is a good source of many vitamins especially Vitamin C. It is packed with nutrients, low calorie and so refreshing to have any time of day. Eat it whole, juiced, add it to your salad or make it into a salad dressing.
When I buy oranges and if they are sweet, one of the recipe that stands out is Orange Poppy Seed Dressing.
What are Poppy Seeds?
Poppy Seeds are obtained from opium poppy plants. Yes, heroin and opioids come from the same plant.
No, you’re not gonna get high, we are only using the seeds.
Poppy Seeds are considered oilseeds as they are high in oil. They are pressed to produce poppyseed oil.
Also, they are used as ingredients in food and commonly used in baking like pastries and bread.
How to Make Orange Poppy Seed Dressing
When I was working, once a week I ordered a delightful salad called Strawberry Delight. Their portions were big that I had enough for lunch for the following day but it was also pricey. Almost $20.
It has spinach, strawberry, candied walnuts, red onion and feta cheese. I always ordered with grilled chicken and Orange Poppy Seed dressing on the side.
This salad was so delicious and refreshing. All the ingredients complement each other and made more flavorful with the dressing.
To make this dressing, combine all the ingredients except the poppy seeds in the blender then stir-in the poppy seed. Chill and serve.
Orange Poppy Seed Dressing
- 1 cup orange freshly squeezed
- 1 ½ tablespoons Apple cider
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 small shallot chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch optional only if you want it thick
- 3 tablespoons water optional
For a Thinner Dressing
- In a blender, combine all the ingredients except poppy seeds. Pulse until well blended.
- Stir-in poppy seeds.
- Transfer to a glass container or mason jar.
- Chill before serving.
For Thicker Dressing
- In a sauce pan over low heat, dissolve cornstarch in water until smooth.
- Add all the ingredients except the poppy seeds.
- Simmer for a minute or two until thick.
- Turn off heat and stir-in poppy seeds.
- Transfer to a glass jar and refrigerate.