Our favorite salad dressings have little in common with the creamy, heavy, bottled variety you can buy in the condiment aisle of your grocery store. We believe that the fruits, vegetables, nuts, and cheeses of a beautifully put together salad should be allowed to shine, without being smothered by rich dressings. The perfect dressing combines a bit of acidity, a dash of oil, and some delicious seasonings that will enhance the natural flavors of your salad without overwhelming them. And, of course, the easiest way to concoct a light, refreshing clean eating salad dressing is to make it yourself at home.
Luckily, many of our favorite salad dressing recipes contain only a few ingredients, and are a cinch to prepare. Our Orange Poppy Seed Dressing takes only a few minutes to whip up, and you can jar or bottle enough to dress salads for weeks! Simply squeeze 2 or 3 oranges to obtain their juices, and whisk that juice together with a handful of poppy seeds, some delicious dijon mustard and honey for a perfect blend of savory and sweet flavors, and, of course, combine with salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil. The tart orange juice, savory mustard, and sweet honey work perfectly together, and the poppy seeds add a bit of crunch. This dressing is the perfect topping for any salad, as it is light enough not to overwhelm, but adds a bit of its own delicious flavor to your bowl.
Yields: 6 servings | Serving Size: 1 tablespoon | Calories: 78 | Total Fat: 5 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 55 mg | Carbohydrates: 7 g | Dietary Fiber: 0 g | Sugars: 6 g | Protein: 1 g | SmartPoints: 3
- 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice (about 1- 2 oranges)
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Whisk all of the ingredients together besides the olive oil until well combined. Then, pour the olive oil in a slow and steady stream, whisking all the while. Enjoy!
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