Mandarin Orange Salad Dressing with Poppy Seeds
As you will see from the relatively short ingredients list, this mandarin orange salad dressing recipe is very simple to put together. The main flavor is, as you would expect, the mandarin oranges, and the recipe also calls for vinegar to balance out their sweetness, as well as poppy seeds for color and crunch, garlic and black pepper to add to the flavor and extra-virgin olive oil to give the mandarin orange salad dressing a good consistency.
The dressing will separate so you need to shake or stir it just before serving, after chilling it for a while in the refrigerator first. You can serve this over mixed salad leaves or add some cucumber, onion and other ingredients to add interest, perhaps topping the salad with croutons, roasted walnut halves or grated parmesan. This is a light and summery salad dressing recipe which is equally good during the cooler months, drizzled over a side salad or appetizer salad.
Tasty dressings like this one are always worth adding to your regular repertoire, and you will find it goes nicely with all kinds of salad components, including the obvious contenders like baby spinach, mesclun or mixed greens, and also the less obvious ones such as rice, noodles, nuts, olives, cheese, and other ingredients. Once you have made this a few times you will find you remember the recipe by heart.
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar
- ½ teaspoon poppy seeds
- 5 oz canned mandarin orange segments
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Black pepper, to taste
- Drain the mandarin orange segments and keep the liquid.
- Add the mandarin orange segments to a food processor with the garlic, oil, black pepper, and vinegar.
- Pulse to a puree and taste.
- If the dressing is too thick, add a tablespoon of the reserved liquid and pulse again.
- Repeat if necessary.
- Add extra vinegar if you want a stronger vinegar taste.
- Transfer the dressing to a container and stir in the poppy seeds.
- Shake the dressing (it will separate) before you serve it.
- You can let people help themselves to dressing or drizzle it over your salad.
Not only is this a very tasty salad dressing, but it is also a colorful, eye-catching one, thanks not only to the bright orange color but also the poppy seeds in there. Making this dressing is simple because you just have to combine the ingredients. Whether you choose to enjoy this with salad greens or your favorite types of lettuce, or toss it with noodles, chicken, cashews and beansprouts, this versatile salad dressing is bursting with flavor and you are certainly going to be pleased with how it tastes as well.
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