Biblically-Inspired Salad du Jour

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biblically inspired salad du jour

This sophisticated salad is high in flavor and strong on symbolism. It incorporates the shivat haminim, the seven species of produce biblically connected to the land of Israel: wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranate, olives, and honey (Deuteronomy 8:8). To add an additional reference to the "land flowing with milk and honey" (Exodus 13:5) add crumbled feta or goat cheese. Rashi's commentary on this phrase identifies milk as coming from goats and honey as coming from dates and figs.

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  • 4Servings

Ingredients

Croutons:

  • Eight slices of bread, preferably made from wheat and barley flour
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon za'atar
  • Salt to taste

Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic or red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon honey, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste

Salad:

  • Mixed greens
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 8 dried figs, quartered
  • 1/2 cup halved or quartered grapes
  • 8 dried dates, sliced
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/4 cup toasted, salted almonds or honey glazed almonds
  • crumbled feta or goat cheese, optional

Preparation

    Croutons:

    1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F. 

    2. Dice the bread into small squares. Place on a foil-lined cooking sheet and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Toss with za'atar, and salt. If za'atar is not available, feel free to use whatever seasonings you have on hand, such as dried herbs or a spice rub (even a dusting of cumin works well).

    3. Bake in the oven until the croutons are completely dried and firm to the touch, about 45 minutes.

    Dressing:

    1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a small container. Set aside.

    Salad:

    1. Combine all the ingredients in a big bowl, except for the feta or goat cheese and croutons