I always thought dates were those dried up turds you pick up in a plastic container at the super market. That was before I visited Southern California and discovered what a real date should taste like. I learned that there are 300 different types of dates, after much sampling my favorite was the popular medjool. Each date seems to have a different taste and texture. Saudi Arabia is homeland to the date palm, over 10000 years old, the oldest tree in the world. See you came for a recipe and you got all these juicy date facts, what a bargain! Now dates are a big part of my life, and I not referring to my social life, that's an entirely separate blog. This is a simple salad that would be perfect as the days warm up. I usually prepare this salad a few hours before my guests arrive so the oranges, bananas and dates can really absorb the honey and lemon juice. I like to top it off with chopped pistachios, lightly toasted hazelnuts would be delicious as well.
- 4 oranges , peeled , removing all white membrane, cut into thin slices
- 12 dates pitted and halved length wise
- 2 bananas peeled and sliced
- 3 Tb of honey
- juice of 1 to 2 lemons depending on size
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- handful of chopped pistachios
Arrange orange slices on a plate. Add banana slices and dates . In small bowl mix together lemon juice and honey. Add cinnamon. Pour over fruit. Cover and refrigerate for a couple hours.