orange poppy seed dressing

The dressing is ideal with butter lettuce, on fruit or with fresh green beans.


1 T extra-virgin olive oil
2 T fresh lemon juice (about ¼ lemon, juiced)
3 T orange juice (about ½ small orange, juiced
½ t grated orange rind
1 t chopped chives or green onion
1 T poppy seeds
1 T heavy cream or 1 T greek yogurt (optional)
sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper

Whisk together oil and citrus juices until emulsified. Add rind, chives and poppy seeds. Add dairy if you prefer a creamy dressing. Check seasoning and adjust if necessary. Toss with butter lettuce or small cooked beets. Makes about ½ c dressing.

Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

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