This post is sponsored by the Plant-Based promotion at Publix. The opinions and text are all mine.

This delicious poppy seed salad is made with sweet Sumo Citrus, salty Marcona almonds, and crunchy purple cabbage for a tasty winter salad.

citrus salad with poppyseed dressing
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Summer produce often gets all the glory, but winter has an abundance of delicious in-season ingredients. Sumo Citrus is one of my favorite January fruits, and it’s perfect in this salad! Plus, I love the crunch and color of shredded purple cabbage.

How to Make Poppyseed Dressing

I wanted to keep this recipe vegan, but I also wanted to create a creamy poppy seed dressing. The solution? Vegan yogurt from Kite Hill! I used their plain dairy-free yogurt as the base, and then I added apple cider vinegar to give it a little tang, maple syrup for a bit of sweetness, olive oil for richness, and poppy seeds for seasoning. Add a little salt to taste, and you’ve got a delicious homemade dressing.

poppyseed salad dressing

What are Marcona Almonds?

Marcona almonds are a unique type of almond, typically larger and flatter than California almonds. They’re imported from Spain, and they have a slightly higher fat content making them rich and satisfying. I love the texture they add to this salad. They can be a bit more expensive than California almonds, but I snagged them on sale at Publix!

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publix poppyseed salad

Citrus Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

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  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This delicious poppy seed salad is made with sweet Sumo Citrus, salty Marcona almonds, and crunchy purple cabbage for a tasty winter salad.


Units Scale
  • 1 Sumo Citrus
  • 1/4 cup Mariani Marcona Almonds
  • 4 cups green leaf lettuce or spinach
  • 1/2 cup shredded purple cabbage
  • 1/4 cup Kite Hill Dairy Free Yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds


  1. Peel the Sumo Citrus and use a paring knife to slice into ½” thick slices.
  2. In a large bowl, add the lettuce, almonds, cabbage, and sliced citrus.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, olive oil, salt, and poppy seeds.
  4. Drizzle a few tablespoons of the dressing over the salad, adding more to taste. You’ll likely have leftover dressing which can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days.

I grabbed all of the ingredients for this salad at Publix! Right now, Kite Hill Dairy Free Yogurt is 2 for $8, the Marcona almonds are only $3.99, and Sumo Citrus is $1 off! Visit or head to your local Publix to grab the in-store 1/15 Extra Savings flyer to see a complete list of product savings included in the Plant-Based promotion. (If you don’t see the flyer, in the kiosk at the store’s entrance, just ask customer service for one.) Keep your eyes peeled for the signs on the shelves throughout the store that highlight even more plant-based deals!

If you like this poppyseed dressing, try this spinach pomegranate salad with poppyseed dressing.