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Beautiful Blood Orange Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

blood orange salad with poppyseed dressing

This vibrant salad is the feel-good solution to all your grey skies and Wintertime blues. Loaded with vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants and some of the rainbow’s most stunning offerings, this Winter Citrus Blood Orange Salad is ready to star as a zesty opening act or is just as happy to take center stage for the colorful main event. Costarring the celebrity-status salad is a creamy Poppyseed Dressing – certainly, a duo you won’t want to miss!

Growing Frond of Going Green

This Blood Orange Salad can be made with whatever greens you are most fond of. Personally, we love the peppery bite of arugula paired with the mild, tender leaves of baby spinach – but feel free to follow your heart. We’ve made several wonderful renditions of this salad with various greens. Kale, escarole, radicchio and frisée, for instance, all work well – every one of them delicious and bringing their own flavors and textures. Fresh fennel, however, should not be missed! The fresh-from-the-ground bulb adds a bright, crisp, crunch and just a hint of sweet anise flavor. Meanwhile, the feathery green fennel fronds are mild, delicate and simply add a touch of lace-like elegance to the bowl.

Blood Orange Salad & A-peel-ing Accoutrements

This salad is all about showcasing Winter’s heartbeat: juicy, vibrant citrus fruits. For this Winter Citrus Salad we are using both the common navel orange and the tart, ruby-colored blood orange. These juicy fruits strike the perfect juxtaposition of natural sugars and unique flavors while balancing bitter undertones. We recommend opting for the heaviest fruit you can find, to ensure optimal ripeness. (Heavier citrus equates to jucier, sweeter, more-mature fruit.) To prepare as pictured, use a sharp knife to remove either ends of the citrus fruit. Then, stand the orange up on one of it’s cut ends and carefully slice away the remaining peel by sliding the knife along the curvature of the fruit. Take care to remove all of the fruit’s white pith, but not too much of the juicy flesh. Finally, turn the fruit on it’s side and slice to reveal spirited stars of colorful fruit. 

Serving blood orange salad with creamy poppyseed dressing

Supporting Roles

This Blood Orange Salad with creamy Poppyseed Dressing includes thinly-shaved red onion and a dusting of crushed pistachio. The red onion adds a desirable sharp bite and a gorgeous hint of purple. Meanwhile, the pistachio comes through with a smidge of richness and a salty crunch. Here, we pulsed the pistachios in a spice grinder for just a moment to create a range of pistachio sizes – all the way from an almost-intact nut to a fine, salty pistachio powder that could make it’s way into every bite. 

Poppyseed Polka-Dots

This quick and easy poppyseed salad dressing is the perfect companion for our Blood Orange Salad. With just two minutes and a handful of common ingredients you, too, can be shaking your way into luscious poppyseed drizzles. We used yogurt as the base for this dressing making it tangy, thick and creamy. White wine vinegar, honey and coarse-ground mustard make for a sweet and savory dressing that compliments the citrus and greens just so. The namesake, however, is all thanks to the almighty poppyseed adding a speckle of intrigue, mildly nutty flavors and an oh-so-satisfying crackle of texture. 

Side view of blood orange salad with poppyseed dressing

Entree it up!

This Blood Orange Salad is spectacular on it’s own and one of our favorite ways to kickstart the first course. That being said – don’t let us stop you from making this salad a full-on meal. This salad can make for a stellar lunch or can pair with a variety of proteins for a more-filling main event. The addition of grilled chicken, shrimp or avocado would all be lovely additions. Moreover, a pan-seared fillet of salmon compliments the blood orange especially well. 

Share Your Success!

This Winter season salad Poppyseed Dressing is certainly worthy of the spotlight! We hope you enjoy this citrusy star as much as we do. If this recipe makes its way to your table be sure to drop us a comment below! And, as always, tag @foodworthfeed in your Instagram posts and stories. We love having a seat at your table, you’ll always have one at ours!

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blood orange salad with poppyseed dressing

Beautiful Blood Orange Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

  • Author: foodworthfeed
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 15 Minutes
  • Yield: 2 appetizer or 1 entree portions
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This vibrant blood orange salad  with poppyseed dressing is the healthy, feel-good solution to all your grey skies and Wintertime blues.


Creamy Poppyseed Dressing

  • 30 milliliters (2 tablespoons) plain yogurt, unsweetened
  • 15 milliliters (1 tablespoon) neutral oil (See Note: a.)
  • 15 milliliters (1 tablespoon) white wine vinegar
  • 5 milliliters (1 teaspoon) honey
  • 5 milliliters (1 teaspoon) dijon mustard, preferably coarse-ground
  • 1 teaspoon poppyseeds 
  • Fine, sea or kosher salt, to taste


Blood Orange Salad

  • 45 grams (1 ½ cups) baby spinach, washed and dried
  • 30 grams (1 ½ cups) arugula, washed and dried
  • ½ small bulb of fennel, thinly shaved
  • ½ small bulb of fennel fronds, trimmed, divided
  • 1 navel orange, peeled and sliced in rounds 6 millimeters (¼ inch) thick, divided
  • 1 blood orange, peeled and sliced in rounds 6 millimeters (¼ inch) thick, divided
  • Red onion, thinly shaved, as desired
  • 4 grams (1 ½ tablespoons) roasted, salted pistachios, hulled and crushed


For the Creamy Poppyseed Dressing

  1. Gather, measure and prepare the recipe ingredients as listed. 
  2. Combine all dressing ingredients, sans salt, in a small jar and tightly secure the lid. Shake the jar vigorously for 30 to 60 seconds until dressing is thick and emulsified. (See Note: b.) Season with salt to taste.

Blood Orange Salad

  1. Gather, measure and prepare the recipe ingredients as listed. 
  2. Combine spinach, arugula, fennel, half of the fennel fronds, half of the orange slices, half of the blood orange slices and red onion in a large mixing bowl. Add half of the dressing to the bowl and toss to combine. Garnish the salad with the remaining oranges, blood oranges, fennel fronds and pistachio. 
  3. Drizzle with remaining dressing, as desired. Serve immediately and enjoy!


a. We recommend using grapeseed oil for this dressing but other neutral oils such as vegetable, or avocado oil would also work nicely. Olive oil will also work, albeit imparting a slightly different flavor. 

b. Alternatively, you can place all dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk vigorously until thick and emulsified.

  • Category: Appetizer, Lunch, Salad
  • Cuisine: New American, Healthy

Keywords: blood orange salad, poppyseed dressing

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