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A recipe for Roasted Date Salad. Roasted dates for a Roasted Date Salad. Roasted Date Salad with crispy prosciutto and toasted almonds. Hey guys! Lets get straight to food today. We have one of my new favorite salads….one with roasted dates! I love dates, their natural sweetness and how they lends themselves so well to baked goods, their ability to turn almond milk into a delicious milkshake like beverage and just being able to wrap some bacon around them and call it a day. Dates are awesome. Today we’ve roasted them and tossed them into a salad. If you’ve never roasted dates…PLEASE.GO.DO.IT. They become these delicious candy-like things with a crisp exterior and wonderfully chewy interior (I’m a major texture person, you all know this)….that combined with the thin, crispy prosciutto, pungent bleu cheese and crunchy almonds…whoa, so good!

I used California dates in this salad over of the much prized Medjool dates because they are slightly less sweet and don’t caramelize are quickly as Medjools would in the oven. They also have a firmer texture which aids them in the roasting process. You do need to be careful though and make sure to keep an eye on these things in the oven. Thy can burn fairly easily and even if they don’t burn, if you pull them out a little “late” then you’ll end up with rock hard dates instead of delicious crisp and chewy bites! If you want a heartier salad, feel free to use kale…just as delicious! You can also swap the prosciutto out for crispy pancetta or bacon (although I would recommend speck, if anything), but I sort of like the oober, thin and crispy bit of prosciutto throughout the salad, which really helps to highlight the rest of the ingredients, rather than overwhelm them. You can also swap the bleu cheese out for goat cheese or a nice and salty ricotta salata as well as the toasted almonds for Marcona almonds (my favorite). This is a great salad to make for yourself or guests if you’re craving something slightly different and slightly decadent. Enjoy!
xx, Jenny

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Roasted Date Salad
Serves 3 to 4

1 recipe balsamic-vinaigrette
8 California dates, pitted and cut in half lengthwise
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
3.5 ounces prosciutto
6 cups mixed greens
2 ounces bleu cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup chopped, toasted almonds (or Marcona almonds)
salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. For the dates: Place dates, balsamic vinegar and 1 teaspoon oil into a mixing bowl and toss together until the dates are well coated. Spread in a single layer onto a baking sheet lined with parchment and roast for 10 to 15 minutes. Set aside and allow dates to cool.
3. Place a nonstick pan over medium-high heat and add remaining oil. Swirl around pan and add pieces of prosciutto. Sear on each side until crisp and set onto paper towels until ready to use.
4. To assemble: Place mixed greens into a large mixing bowl with half the dates, prosciutto (slightly crumbling), bleu cheese, and almonds. Add the vinaigrette and toss together. Top with remaining ingredients, lightly season with salt and pepper and serve.

  1. Kier Not Specified Not Specified

    I have never thought to roast a date before – these look amazing!

  2. Lindsey (Lou Lou Biscuit) Not Specified Not Specified

    This looks so hearty and delicious. What a great late winter salad!

  3. Anne @ Not Specified Not Specified

    Goodness gracious what an awesome idea. I love dates, and I love fruit on my salads (raisins, cranberries, etc.) but I have never thought to put a date ON the salad. I will be trying this in the future!

  4. this is lemonade Not Specified Not Specified

    Thanks for the tip to roast dates! I’ve never tried that before, but I can imagine they would taste very nice. A bit of caramelised crispiness to balance the intense natural sweetness, I think I can deal with that :)

  5. Ashley Not Specified Not Specified

    How have I never thought to roast dates before? OMG that sounds fantastic!

  6. Averie @ Averie Cooks Not Specified Not Specified

    I’m a major texture person too and I love love love dates (dates and beets are nature’s candy!) but I’ve never roasted dates. I am so going to try this!

  7. Saguna Not Specified Not Specified

    The sweetness of dates and balsamic is such a perfect combination! Roasting them sounds good too :)

  8. Leslie Not Specified Not Specified

    Yum! Are California dates available year-round? Or what is the best time to look for them?

    And Then The Doorbell Rang

  9. Maria | My So-Called Vegetarian Life Not Specified Not Specified

    I can’t stop eating dates these days! Since Christmas, I’ve been on this date kick. They are so great, but I never thought of 1) roasting them, 2) putting them in a salad. Looks great.

  10. Laura Not Specified Not Specified

    I am SO excited to roast some dates and do something ridiculously caramel-y with them. Those little blackened edges are so enticing. Good inspiration, lovely salad :)

  11. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar Not Specified Not Specified

    Waaant! This sounds so tasty!!

  12. Tahny Not Specified Not Specified

    Holy Toledo! This looks devine!

  13. Katie Brigstock Not Specified Not Specified

    I absolutely love anything to do with dates- especially caramelised and roasted ones like this recipe! I’d love to try them contrasted with a really salty cheese like feta too! X

  14. val Not Specified Not Specified

    I’m on a date kick as well, so perfect timing! I put them in a salad with roasted beets for today, but I see I should have roasted them, too. I was inspired by the spinach-date salad in Jerusalem, in which the dates are soaked in vinegar–delicious.

  15. Shut Up & Cook | The Attainable Gourmet Not Specified Not Specified

    This looks spectacular. Love this combination of flavors, although who am I kidding, anything with dates and blue cheese is good in my book. Love it!

  16. Ayumi Not Specified Not Specified

    YUM! i-ve always loved the prosciutto-bleu cheese-fruit combo! i-ve never had dates and i really don-t know where to get them, but could i replace those for maybe figs?

    thanks for sharing, loved it!

  17. amy @ southern sweets and eats Not Specified Not Specified

    This looks crazy delicious. I had never thought of roasting dates, but I have been on a major roasting/caramelizing kick lately. I will definitely have to try this. Thanks!

  18. Izy Not Specified Not Specified just roasted dates!? that is the best idea I’ve ever heard. Wow, need to get on this majorly soon.

  19. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious Not Specified Not Specified

    Yup..genius. This salad looks like a 10 on the deliciousometer. Don’t forget dates in a sticky toffee pudding :)

  20. taylor Not Specified Not Specified

    im going to have to roast dates. if i do anything today it will be, roasting some dates. thanks!

  21. Mary Not Specified Not Specified

    This recipe brings me back to my childhood. My dad would roast dates, although he just used olive oil. He said when he was a young boy in Italy, that’s what his mom gave him for a after school snack. Thank you for reminding me of wonderful memories with my dad.

  22. Corinne Not Specified Not Specified

    Roasted dates sound amazing! Can’t wait to try this recipe out :)

  23. Heidi Not Specified Not Specified

    I took your advice and roasted some dates and tossed them in a (similar) salad. You’re right!
    Absolutely, addictively scrumptious! Thanks for the great suggestion.

  24. Jenna Not Specified Not Specified

    I will immediately be roasting dates. Brilliant.

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