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My Mom’s Orange, Date & Almond Salad

Mom's Orange, Date & Almond Salad

Juicy oranges, sweet chewy dates, and crunchy toasted almonds on a bed of lovely greens.

When I was in junior high school, I took Latin. Every year, my Latin teacher would have a “Latin dinner” night where everyone was supposed to bring some food that the Romans would have eaten back in the days of the Roman empire. Most people brought things like lasagna or garlic bread … my mom (the dietician) thought we should bring salad. This salad was mom’s idea … I don’t know where she got the inspiration, but even as a young pre-teen girl, I thought it was the tastiest salad ever.

For a dressing, we just drizzled it with olive oil. When I remade it yesterday, I tried topping it with my Honey Lemon Ginger White Wine Vinaigrette. Either way, I think you are going to love this simple salad.

Now as I’m writing this, I’m wondering how it would taste with a few crumbles of goat cheese on there? I bet that would be delicious …

Mom's Orange, Date & Almond Salad

My Mom’s Orange, Date, & Almond Salad

  • Mixed greens
  • Oranges, peeled, sliced horizontally and cut into pieces
  • Dates, chopped
  • Almonds, toasted
  • Olive oil or Honey Lemon Ginger White Wine Vinaigrette

Fill your salad bowl with mixed greens.  Tuck the oranges and dates in amongst the greens, sprinkle with a few toasted almonds. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil or the vinaigrette.

Honey Lemon Ginger White Wine Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • Juice of 1/4 of a lemon
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 Tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped fine
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Mix everything except the olive oil together in a bowl till well mixed. While whisking, slowly pour the olive oil into the dressing in a small stream. Keep whisking until the olive oil is well mixed into the dressing. Refrigerate any leftover dressing in an airtight container.

My Mom's Orange, Date, & Almond Salad

This recipe was shared at Fit & Fabulous Fridays, Everyday Mom’s Meals, Mealtime Mondays, Thursday’s Treasures and Newlyweds Recipe Linky.

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14 responses

  1. Guess what I am here eating for breakfast- dates? I wish I would have read your recipe before I finished off the last one.

    May 3, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    • Ann

      Noooo! Go get some more … you need to try this salad ;)

      May 3, 2012 at 8:20 pm

  2. chindeep3141

    you seriously make some of the prettiest salads I’ve ever seen! :)

    May 6, 2012 at 9:52 am

    • Ann

      Thanks! I like making pretty salads …

      May 6, 2012 at 11:44 am

  3. If I need great salad recipes, I always know where to come!! Ann, I love dates in a salad!! This is scrumptious! Thanks for sharing on Fit and Fab. :)

    May 9, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    • Ann

      Thank you so much for hosting Amee! I love your Fit & Fab Fridays. :)

      May 9, 2012 at 9:00 pm

  4. Beautiful salad Ann. I took 3 years of Latin and always loved the end of year toga party. We all brought food and the teacher’s husband would come and cook different meats on a spit. I hope my kids get to have some of these same experiences when they get to high school.

    May 10, 2012 at 10:24 am

    • Ann

      Thank you Joan. That’s funny you had similar experiences with the Latin class party! My teacher would always wear a toga too, but most of the students just wore jeans LOL.

      May 10, 2012 at 11:07 am

  5. Wow! That salad looks delicious! I love dates, but never thought to pair them with oranges. Great idea!

    Have a great day!

    May 10, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    • Ann

      Thank you Rachel … they are awesome together!

      May 10, 2012 at 12:27 pm

  6. LOVE!!! Beautiful and delicious all mixed together on a plate. Thank you for sharing on Thursday’s Treasures Week 33, doll! <3 and hugs! http://www.recipesformyboys.com/2012/05/thursdays-treasures-1st-co-host-is-joan.html

    May 11, 2012 at 8:56 am

    • Ann

      yay! I’m so glad you like it Debi :)

      May 11, 2012 at 9:41 am

  7. Ann

    Another wonderful salad, Ann! I love the dates in there. Reminds me of the date farm we make a point of visiting every year when we visit my parents in California! I just had two this morning: )

    May 12, 2012 at 7:44 am

    • Ann

      We went to visit a date farm in California! That was fun.

      May 12, 2012 at 8:41 am

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