A long time ago, when I used to travel (unlike this year) I was coming back to Europe on KLM, business class (loved upgrades!). As was proper, after the main course I was served a small plate of cheese. In this case it happened to be goat cheese and it was garnished with 2 dates.
I was not a fan of dried fruit of any sort and had never had a date.
I had some cheese….
I liked it.
The combination of sweet dates with strong cheese has remained a favorite. I even like dates on their own now.
For the record, I will now eat raisins, prunes and dates. I had a dried apricot once and, I think, a dried cranberry.
Dates and cheese I will now make an effort for.
Yes, I know I am eating a salad that is out of season and not from my own garden. I’m supporting my local greenhouse farmers, so there.
And I really needed some greens.
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Spring Greens with Feta and Dates
Crisp shallots, sweet dates, and salty feta adorn this early spring salad.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 2 servings 1x
- Category: Salads
- 3oz (90gr) fresh spring greens
- 2oz (60gr) feta cheese
- 2 shallots, sliced
- 8 – 10 dates, pitted
- 1 tbs olive oil
- Sherry Vinaigrette:
- 2 tbs sherry vinegar
- 2 tsp Dijon-style mustard
- 2 tbs salad olive oil
- Sauté shallots in oil over medium-low heat until nicely browned, about 15 minutes.
- Make vinaigrette in a large bowl:
- Put mustard, vinegar in the bowl and whisk.
- Slowly whisk in oil.
- Prepare greens, add to vinaigrette, and gently toss.
- Arrange salad on 2 plates.
- Top with shallots, dates, and feta.
I had a mix of spinach, rocket, and lamb’s lettuce. Use whatever is available.
You can use your favorite vinegar in place of the sherry vinegar.
Keywords: spring salad, dates, feta cheese
The feta that I get is cubed, in an herbed oil, so it keeps well and is nicely flavored. It costs a bit more than a regular block but it lasts a long time and there’s no waste.
I was gazing out of the kitchen window the other morning. I’ve been doing that a lot lately. It’s either raining or wet and muddy from having just rained, so we’re not doing much outside.
I noticed something odd sitting on the pump in the pond. The pump, which is bright blue, floats so it’s always at the right water level for the watering system.
I grabbed the binoculars for a closer look.
It was a cormorant.
I saw a pair of them here last year. This is the first I’ve seen this season. I have no idea why these birds sit with their wings spread, but this one was perched on the pump for over an hour, (at least) with his wings spread. He eventually flew off.
I later saw 2 mallards swimming around.
Is spring on its way?