This month, I’m making a concentrated effort to share with you some of our family’s favorite healthy meals and snacks – from crave-worthy salads to delicious vegetables the kids will actually want seconds of!
First up is this delicious and creamy Orange Poppyseed salad dressing which transforms a bowl of otherwise boring spinach into a decadent lunch you can feel great about!
Now that the warm weather is here, a salad for lunch actually sounds appetizing – whether you go for a hearty option with grilled chicken and quinoa, or keep it light with a handful of fresh vegetables. There is nothing better than wanting to make a healthy choice and then feeling completely satiated and indulged by it!
If you’re enjoying this orange poppyseed dressing on a large salad, just two tablespoons are 154 calories – most of that being the healthy olive oil which helps your body absorb the nutrients in your vegetables, following by the optional honey and omega-3 rich poppyseeds.
This creamy citrus-based salad dressing can be made with lemon juice or lime juice, depending on what kind of salad you plan on serving it with. A lemon poppyseed salad dressing would be delicious on a pasta salad, while a lime poppyseed dressing would be great with blueberries, quinoa and chicken. This is a versatile recipe that you can tweak as much as you’d like!
Ingredients to Make Orange Poppyseed Salad Dressing
- 1/2 cup virgin olive oil
- 4 Tablespoons orange juice
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 1/2 Tablespoons honey (can use a fine sugar instead)
- 2 teaspoons dijon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons poppyseeds
Tip: this recipe makes enough for 2 large family-sized salads, or a week’s worth of individual salads.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful:
- Smoothie-style blender
- Mason jar
- Measuring cups and spoons
How to Make a Creamy Orange Poppyseed Dressing
In a small bowl or smoothie-type blender, mix together the olive oil, orange juice, lemon juice and dijon.
Adjust to taste with the honey and salt. Add in the poppy seeds.
Store in a small glass mason jar in the fridge in between uses.
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What’s your go-to salad recipe? Is there a salad dressing that you’d like to see us make-over with a healthy alternative?
For more delicious and healthy salad recipes, check out our BLT salad recipe or Sunshine Bowl with quinoa, spinach and a poached egg!