A very fragrant and delicious salad dressing. Use Star Anise and fresh squeezed orange juice to make this orange dressing. Takes less than five minutes

Have you planned your Valentine’s Day menu yet?


You are not alone!

Front view of Orange Dressing in a dressing glass bottle. 2 Star anise are in front of it

You and many other lazy bums (yours truly included) still haven’t gotten around to planning the logistics of Valentine’s Day.  Before that day arrives, the WHOLE of January has to courtesy and take a bow. Then, almost half of February has to dance away before Valentine’s day begins to loom ominously in the horizon.

Yeah, we have a LONNNNNNG way to go.

So, for now, just relax! Put your feet up and fill your lungs with the wonderful New Year air! This air will not come back until 2015!

Closeup view of Orange Dressing in a dressing glass bottle. 2 Star anise are in front of it

If you are one of those people who have already mapped out every second of Valentine’s day 2014 starting from midnight to the moment the carriage turns into a pumpkin, you should also put up your feet and fill your lungs.

You DESERVE it more than the rest of us. 🙂

Now, after all that holiday face stuffing, I am sure you are just salivating for a good salad.

That is where I come in.

Well, for now, I am only starting out with the dressing. The salad recipe will come on Wednesday because I need to go get an ingredient that requires a trip to the Indian grocery store.

In the meantime, enjoy the star anise and orange salad dressing!

Overhead view of all the ingredients needed to make the orange dressing

The star anise has an aromatic smell that is distinct. It has a fenugreek smell with just a hint of cumin. You know what they say….

“Spices of the same family smell like each other!”

Ok, I don’t know if “they” say that, but, it is true. Since they are all part of the same family, star anise can give you a fenugreek-y and cumin-y aroma.

I love using it in sauces and dressings. It always brings the taster to attention when they smell and later, consume this product.

I, particularly, like to put it in orange dressing and then allow it marinate overnight.

Can you imagine the awesome deliciousness that is going to emerge when star anise, oranges, honey and Dijon mustard marinate overnight?

Well, you don’t have to imagine it. Try this orange dressing and brag about it in the comment section below.

Front view of Orange Dressing in a dressing glass bottle. 2 Star anise are in front of it

Also, if you want to brag about how well organized you are with your Valentine’s Day plans, feel free to comment about it below. That will definitely light a fire on this lazy bum!

I found a detailed history of how oranges came to Florida.  Check it Florida Dept of State

If you like making salad dressings at home, then you will love my blueberry vinaigrette, strawberry balsamic vinaigrette, dirty vinaigrette or lemon vinaigrette

Recipe Details (Makes 2 cups of Star Anise and Orange Dressing)

easy Orange Dressing recipe

Orange Dressing with star anise

Simple Orange Dressing with Star Anise
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 2 People
Calories 306 kcal



  • Juice the orange and reserve the pulp for future recipes
  • Mix the honey and Dijon together and microwave for 15 seconds
  • In a glass bottle with a tight lid, bring all the ingredients together
  • Close the lid and shake very well
  • Refrigerate overnight and serve.


Calories: 306kcalCarbohydrates: 78gProtein: 1gSodium: 206mgPotassium: 162mgFiber: 2gSugar: 75gVitamin A: 150IUVitamin C: 35.3mgCalcium: 38mgIron: 0.7mg
Keyword fruit dressings, How to make salad dressings, Orange Salad dressing
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  1. this is an amazing recipe! i just kind of change the rice vinegar to the distilled vinegar we had at home. everything’s here are available to the flea market where i buy my kitchen needs so very easy to follow. thank you. you are great!

    1. Thank you Elizabeth. Sure, distilled vinegar sounds like a wonderful choice. I always use Rice vinegar and should learn to use others too. Let me know how your recipe turns out.