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Shivat HaMinim Salad


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Shivat HaMinim Salad

When Tu B’Shvat rolls around we always make a habit of cooking with the Shivat HaMinim, the 7 agricultural products enumerated in the Torah as special to the Land of Israel. In honor of my move I figured, why wait? Barley, wheat, figs, dates, grapes, pomegranates and olive (oil) are all represented in this salad. The honey is a nod to the land of milk and honey and even the red wine vinegar is a further play on the grape theme. This sweet salad owes its nice crunch to an impulse buy. When I was almost finished shopping for this recipe I spied a generic brand of grape-nuts. There, in big letters on the cereal box it said “Wheat and Barley Nuggets” – it was just calling my name – a welcome upgrade from the donuts that always spoke to me during previous supermarket excursions.


  • Prep Time : 10 min
  • Ready Time : 10 min


4-6 Servings


  • 3 cups cooked barley or Israeli couscous (such as Osem Israeli (Pearl) Couscous)
  • 1/4 cup dried figs, chopped or 3 fresh figs, quartered
  • 1/4 cup pitted dates, sliced in rings or chopped
  • 1/4 cup seedless grapes, halved
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon country Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup wheat and barley nuggets cereal (such as Grape-Nuts), optional
  • 2 tablespoons parsley leaves, torn


Combine barley, figs, dates, grapes and pomegranate seeds in a large bowl. Place oil, honey, vinegar and mustard in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Pour dressing over barley salad and toss to coat well. Just before serving add cereal and toss to evenly distribute. Garnish with parsely leaves.


As seen in Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller Magazine (Winter 2012) – Subscribe Now.


Nutrition information is based on 6 servings using barley and no optional ingredients.


Servings Per Recipe: 4-6 Servings

Amount Per Serving

  • Calories: 254
  • Total Fat: 9g
  • Sodium: 65mg
  • Total Carbs: 44g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 2.5g


About Jamie Geller


Jamie Geller is the only best-selling cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen – not because she doesn’t love food – but because she has tons to do. As “The Bride Who Knew Nothing” Jamie found her niche specializing in fast, fresh, family recipes. Now the "Queen of Kosher" (CBS) and the "Jewish Rachael Ray" (New York Times), she's the creative force behind JoyofKosher.com and "Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller" magazine . Jamie and her hubby live in Israel with their five busy kids who give her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen - quickly. Check out her new book, "Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes."




10 Responses to Shivat HaMinim Salad

  1. avatar says: Sara

    How do you check the figs for bugs?

    • The 2nd edition of the OU Guide To Checking Fruits and Vegetables gives the following inspection guidelines. 1) Wash fig 2) Scan the surface of the fruit 3) Cut fig horizontally and split in half. 4) Examine inside of the fig for webbing, or any obvious signs of insect damage.

  2. You’re right, why wait. I make a similar salad throughout the year. So delicious.

  3. avatar says: Joanne

    Wow – I love this!!!! And perfect to eat during Melbourne’s (Australia) heatwave :) Thanks for sharing :)

    • Thank YOU for commenting all the way from Melbourne. Happy to cool you off!

  4. avatar says: Sarah

    Yishar coach, Jamie!
    A small correction: the honey alluded to in the Torah is date honey.
    If you were my neighbor, I’d be visiting every day to taste your delicious food! Oh, well… Luckily (for you), I’m not.
    Happy Purim!

    • Sarah (YOU ARE HYSTERICAL!!! You sound like you would be a fun neighbor!) thanks for sharing I did just learn that recently (and use ALOT of Silan/Date Honey – I LOVE IT!) I also learned that the milk referred to is Goat’s milk… I love learning new things.

  5. I was just elected Education Chair of my local Hadassah chapter. Giving my first presentation on Tu B’Shevat including a Seder. I am using your Shevat HaMinim Salad as my contribution to the meal. Can’t wait to try it. It looks so beautiful and delicious.

    • MAZEL TOV ILENE!!!!!!!!! I am so happy for you! Great luck with your presentation, thanks for letting us know and I hope everyone enJOYs it!!

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