Orange Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Gluten-Free, Salads, Side dishes, Vegan

Orange Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
Pour toi, maman.
This will be the third Christmas that we don’t spend in the kitchen together, cooking our traditionally ambitious menu for the festivities. I still feel your presence in the family kitchen; echoes of our playful moods and of your laughter… our precious bonding time which is forever lost.
This orange salad with poppy seed dressing is a clin d’oeil to you as I reminisce on years of Christmas memories. Wherever you are, I’m convinced that it makes you smile.
Joyeux Noël maman. Je t’aime xx

Orange Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing


  • 4 oranges
  • 1 small red onion or half of a medium
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
Poppy seed dressing:
  • 2 tbsp reserved orange juice
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp poppy seeds
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp sweetener (agave, maple syrup, or honey)
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
Using a box grater or a zester, grate the peel of one orange until you have 1 tsp of zest. Set aside.

In a deep dish, discard the peel of the oranges by running a sharp paring knife down their sides. Thinly slice the oranges crosswise and reserve the juices in the dish.

Set the orange slices aside on a separate plate. Julienne the red onion and marinate it in reserved orange juice for 15 minutes. This will reduce its pungency.


For the dressing: In small bowl, whisk together 2 tbsp of reserved orange juice, olive oil, white wine vinegar, orange zest, poppy seeds and sweetener of your choice. Season with salt & pepper to taste.


For serving, arrange the orange slices and marinated onions on a serving platter and top with freshly chopped cilantro & basil.

Orange Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Pour dressing over the salad. Toss gently to combine. Enjoy!

Orange Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing


Serves 4.Recipe inspired by Provence: Quilts and Cuisine by Marie-Christine Flocard.