Arugula Salad With Homemade Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

Round out your springtime brunch with the ultimate light side: a garden-fresh, leafy green salad. Arugula and watercress are ideal for this healthy recipe as both are cool-weather crops harvested in spring, with a crisp, peppery flavor. Fresh orange slices, tart strawberries and sweet blueberries scattered on top harmonize well with the from-scratch orange-poppy seed vinaigrette. Sprinkle on blue cheese crumbles for a savory, creamy note.

Photo by: Heather Baird

Heather Baird

Salad Ingredients

2 navel oranges
6 cups fresh pre-washed arugula
1 cup fresh pre-washed watercress
1 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup quartered strawberries
fine grain sea salt
ground pepper
1/3 cup blue cheese crumbles

Vinaigrette Ingredients

1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon poppy seeds

Cook’s note: Arugula, left, and watercress, right, are readily available in spring, have a uniquely peppery flavor and offer many health benefits. But, feel free to swap in your favorite spring mix of greens instead, if you prefer.

Photo by: Heather Baird

Heather Baird

Salad Instructions

Segment the oranges by cutting away their peels and pith using a serrated knife. Cut between the membranes to segment the orange. Pat orange segments dry with paper towels and set aside. Tip: After segmenting the oranges, you can squeeze the juice from the leftover membranes for the freshly squeezed orange juice called for in the vinaigrette recipe.

Photo by: Heather Baird

Heather Baird

Arrange the greens on a large platter. Top with orange segments, blueberries, strawberries, a pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper. Sprinkle on the blue cheese crumbles.

Photo by: Heather Baird

Heather Baird

Vinaigrette Instructions

Gather ingredients (Image 1). Combine the orange juice, oil, honey, sugar, vinegar and salt in a bowl or a salad dressing mixer bottle. Whisk (or shake) together until well blended, about 2 minutes. Add poppy seeds and mix again to combine (Image 2). Serve the vinaigrette on the side, or dress the salad just before serving (Image 3).

Next Up

Roasted New Potatoes With Spring Herbs

Show off spring's harvest of new potatoes with bright flavors. These young potatoes have tender skins, so roast them unpeeled. A lemon and herb-infused olive oil drizzle brings a surprisingly light citrus note to this dish. Serve the potatoes on a bed of spring salad greens for additional herbaceous flavor.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Scones Recipe

Looking for the perfect recipe to celebrate rhubarb’s short season? Look no further! Strawberry-rhubarb scones are bursting with the sweet-tart flavors of spring. Buttermilk gives them richness, as well as a moist crumb that sets them apart from other scone recipes.

Spring Vegetable Frittata Recipe

Tender spring asparagus and fresh peas bring garden flavor to this cheesy frittata. Grab an extra carton of eggs at the farmer’s market while shopping for produce. This herby, eggy dish requires an entire dozen.

How to Make a Vegetarian-Friendly Cheese + Crudite Tray

This abundant cheese, fruit and veggie charcuterie board is perfect for potlucks, holidays, tailgates or any occasion you can think of.

How to Make a Thanksgiving Dessert Charcuterie Board

Satisfy every sweet tooth at your dining table with this easy-to-assemble platter of cakes, pies, cookies and more.

How to Create a Modern Halloween Tablescape

No haunted house is complete without a spooky tablescape. Delight dinner guests with this creepy-chic twist on traditional Halloween decor.

How to Set a Table: 3 Ways

Learn how to properly set a table for a basic, casual and formal dinner party.

Halloween Shimmering Cherry Mocktail or Cocktail Recipe

This bewitching concoction combines the deep, rich flavor of cherry with lime and presents a touch of eerie elegance with its shimmering appearance. Perfect for Halloween parties or simply indulging in the supernatural flavor of dark cherry.

Halloween Treat Recipe: Fancy Witch Hat Cookies

With their elegant pink and black colors, dazzling gold buckles and adorable bat decorations, these cookies are perfect for any bewitching occasion.

The Best Serveware Essentials You Need for Entertaining

Shop the best charcuterie boards, serving bowls, dinnerware sets and more to gear up for your next big party.

Go Shopping

Get product recommendations from HGTV editors, plus can’t-miss sales and deals.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.