Mixed greens, dates, and goat cheese tossed with a simple dressing of olive oil, vinegar and soy sauce. I keep wondering, how can anything so simple be so delicious? And asking myself why I never considered adding dates to a salad before.
Have you ever thought of adding dates to a salad? I certainly hadn’t before this date salad recipe.
I’m a huge date fan.
I eat dates as a sweet snack and love them in yummy baked goods: banana date coconut muffins, old-fashioned date bars, banana date coconut cookies, crispy rice and date no bake cookie balls. I’ve also had them as simple appetizers – stuffed with a bit of Parmesan cheese or olive tapenade.
But this salad of mixed greens, dates and goat cheese was a total revelation. I’m hooked.
It’s funny, when I purchased this large container of beautiful soft Medjool dates at Costco several weeks ago, I wondered if I would be able to eat them all before they began to dry out. I think it’s safe to say that problem is now solved! I have Camilla Saulsbury and this recipe from her terrific cookbook - 5 Easy Steps to Healthy Cooking: 500 Recipes for Lifelong Wellness to thank.
This date salad is super simple to make, coming together in 10 minutes or less. Enjoy it as a side dish or light main dish. It’s easy, healthy and delicious, with just 3 PointsPlus value in a side-dish size serving.
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
- ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 6 cups mixed baby greens (mesclun)
- ½ cup pitted soft fresh dates, such as Medjool, quartered lengthwise
- 3 tablespoons crumbled soft goat cheese
- In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, soy sauce and pepper.
- Place the mixed greens in a large salad bowl. Add the dressing and gently toss to evenly coat the greens.
- Add the dates and goat cheese and toss gently to combine.
If you liked this post, here are a few more links that might interest you:
A recipe for Asiago cheese stuffed bacon wrapped dates from LA Weekly
Take a closer look at 5 Easy Steps to Healthy Cooking: 500 Recipes for Lifelong Wellness by Camilla Saulsbury, one of my favorite cookbook writers
A recipe for simple orange date salad from Sunset at MyRecipes
A recipe for gingered carrot and Medjool date salad from Natural Delights
Top Ten Ways to Use Dates from the Produce for Better Health Foundation