Citrus Salad with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

When I look at this Citrus Salad with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing, I feel joy!

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A couple of weeks ago, I set a platter of a variety of citrus slices on the supper table. Eyes lit up. Fingers pointed at each differently colored slice, while questions bubbled up, asking the names of the fruits. And then hands reached in, eager to try each one. We had so much fun tasting and comparing the range of juicy textures and flavors, side by side.

This Citrus Salad with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing resulted from that little platter of citrus taste testing. All that gorgeous citrus was just begging me to enjoy it in a fresh, pretty salad!

Citrus Salad with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing from afarmgirlsdabbles.com

It helps to have a super sharp knife with a large blade when cutting the peels from a bunch of citrus. I just cut off the end of each orange, place one of the flat cut edges on the cutting board, and start slicing down the sides.

I love how different each variety’s appearance is. The slices at top center are from a navel orange. Then Cara Cara (the favorite of our two girls) is pretty in orangey-pink in the upper right. And blood orange slices are on the cutting board.

Citrus Salad with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing from afarmgirlsdabbles.com

The orange poppy seed dressing is a riff on one that our neighbors/friends served at a dinner during the holidays. I can never pass up a poppy seed dressing, especially one such as this. It’s bright and sweet, plus tangy from Dijon mustard.

Citrus Salad with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing from afarmgirlsdabbles.com

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Citrus Salad with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing from afarmgirlsdabbles.com

When I look at this salad, I feel joy. In the middle of this white-and-brown January, I welcome all those pretty colors and flavors and textures with open arms.

Citrus Salad with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

Yield: serves 4 as a side salad

Ingredients:

for the citrus salad:

  • 3 to 4 c. lightly packed arugula
  • kosher salt
  • 1 navel orange
  • 1 Cara Cara orange
  • 1 blood orange
  • 1 clementine
  • a few very thin slices of red onion
  • 1/2 c. whole salted cashews
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 T. minced fresh parsley

for the orange poppy seed dressing:

  • 1/3 c. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 c. freshly squeezed Cara Cara orange juice
  • 3 T. honey
  • 1-1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 T. finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. poppy seeds

Directions:

for the citrus salad:

Place the arugula on a large plate or small platter. Sprinkle lightly with kosher salt. If desired, drizzle some of the prepared orange poppy seed dressing over the arugula. Or just serve the dressing on the side. Cut the peels off of the citrus and slice into 1/4" to 3/8" thick rounds, removing any seeds. Arrange citrus rounds across the arugula. Tuck in some onion slices. Sprinkle cashews over the top, followed by black pepper and parsley.

for the orange poppy seed dressing:

Place all ingredients except the poppy seeds in a small bowl with tall sides. Blend with an immersion blender until thickened and smooth. Add poppy seeds and stir to combine. Drizzle some of the dressing over the bed of arugula before adding the citrus to the salad, or just serve the dressing in a small bowl alongside the salad, for individual use. I like to add a couple pinches of additional poppy seeds to the top of the dressing right before serving.

Citrus Salad with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing from afarmgirlsdabbles.com