This fresh and colorful salad is the perfect side to grilled chicken or pork. Or top it with shredded chicken to make a light meal.


ON MY FIRST visit to the Palm Springs farmers market, I came across a date seller who had the most amazingly plump dates I have ever seen. One bite and I was in love. A few weeks later, I visited their farm: 7 Hot Dates run by the Bautista family outside Palm Springs.

I had no idea how much work goes into growing dates. From hand pollinating, removing thorns, climbing up and down ladders, adding nets so the birds don’t eat the fruit: it’s not just picking dates. But when it is time for picking, it’s done in August, the hottest month of the year, when the temperature can be 120oF. They grow seven types of organic dates, and they ship to all over the U.S. and Canada. Find out more at7HotDates.com.


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Serves 4

You will need:
4 pieces of citrus, like oranges, peeled and sliced
12 firm dates, like deglet nour, pitted and halved
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted a few arugula leaves
salt and pepper
olive oil, (Note: We chose a peppery, spicy one.)
  1. On a large platter, arrange citrus, dates, feta, pine nuts, and arugula.
  2. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and serve.

TIP:

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This fresh and colorful salad is the perfect side to grilled chicken or pork. Or top it with shredded chicken to make a light meal.
Photography by Paul Lowe

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