Who wants dates!? If this wasn't a food blog, I bet you'd think I'm talking about the dates of romantic type. Alas, those have been quite rare over here, but there is always hope, right?
Ok, let's get back to the food.
Earlier this month I received four huge boxes courtesy of Bard Valley Natural Delights which contained organic Medjool dates, pitted dates, chili lime date rolls, almond date rolls, pistachio date rolls and coconut date rolls.
I was blown away by the variety and generosity of my gift and was happy to share some of the bounty with my friends.
I also wanted to make something with the dates. In the past, I've made Rice with Dates, Pistachios and Scallions and Biscotti with Hazelnuts and Dates, but wanted something lighter this time around.
That's how I came up with Spinach Salad with Dates, Summer Berries & Almonds.
Spinach Salad with Dates, Summer Berries & Almonds
dates, pitted and chopped
pickled red onions
supremes of orange
toasted almonds, chopped
whole grain mustard
salt & pepper
1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl except for olive oil, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper.
2. Whisk together the oil with mustard, garlic, salt & pepper and pour over the salad.
Isn't this a gorgeous salad? You get the sweetness from the berries and dates, a bit of pucker from the pickled onions, and the heat from the garlic.