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Have you ever had the Orange-Poppy Seed Dressing at Panera?  It seems that this salad dressing gets mostly 5-star reviews on the web.  Many people call it their favorite dressing.  I think this review sums it up the best, “I love this dressing. Best Poppy Seed Dressing ever.”

The original Panera Orange-Poppy Seed Dressing is available in many supermarkets and online.  For a simple


1 medium orange

3 tablespoons sherry vinegar or cider vinegar

2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard

1 tablespoon finely chopped onion

Dash ground black pepper

⅓ cup vegetable oil


Step 1

Finely shred 1 1/2 teaspoons and peel from orange. Peel, seed, and section orange, reserving juice. In a food processor or blender combine the shredded orange peel, sections, and juice; the vinegar; sugar; mustard; onion; and pepper. Cover and process or blend until well mixed.

Step 2

With the processor or blender running, slowly add oil in a steady stream until the mixture is thickened. Transfer to a small bowl. Stir in poppy seeds. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Stir well before using.