Simple, tasty, attractive salads are the best. I recently found a hundred-year-old recipe that fits the bill. Date and Apple Salad has a light lemon and oil dressing. The apples and dates are cut into “match-stick” pieces which makes a lovely presentation; and the tart, crunchiness of the apples combines beautifully with the sweet, chewy dates. This recipe is a keeper.
Here is the original recipe:sh
And, here’s the recipe updated for modern cooks:
Date and Apple Salad
8 ounces pitted dates
juice from 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil (I used olive oil.)
lettuce leaves, optional
Cut dates into lengthwise into “match-stick” pieces, and put into a bowl. Peel and core apples, then cut into match-stick pieces. Dip apple pieces in lemon juice, then place in the bowl with the dates. Add salt and oil; then gently toss. If desired, serve on lettuce leaves.
The hundred-year-old recipe called for six tablespoons of oil. This seemed excessive, so I used two tablespoons of oil.
30 thoughts on “Old-fashioned Date and Apple Salad”
Must try this. I have a glut of dates. Thanks.
I think that you’ll enjoy it. I really liked this salad.
This sounds delicious.
I never think of dates except at Christmas time, and don’t know why. This would be a good reason to use them “out of season.”
This recipe is definitely worth a try. I enjoyed it.
I think I might add some toasted pecans or walnuts, too.
mmm. . . nuts would be good with this.
That sounds delicious and easy.
It was. Simple recipes are often the best.
Great combination! I would probably add a bit of chopped celery to it.
The addition of celery would make it a bit more like a waldorf salad.
That sounds delicious.
It’s a very nice salad.
I know John would love it. He is crazy about apples and raisins.
Dates and apples .. it’s got to be good! Love your photo of the salad.
Thanks! This recipe is excellent. It’s definitely a recipe that I plan to make again.
Apples and dates in plentiful supply at the moment so I may give this a try tomorrow.
Wow, this sounds delicious. I can’t wait to try it. What variety of apple did you use?
I used Braeburn apples, but any firm apple that has notes of sweet and tart would work well.
This sounds worth a try, as I love dates. A tip (tho you probably know) is to refrigerate the dates to make them easier to slice. I have to be careful I don’t eat one for every one that goes into the recipe 🙂
Thanks for the tip. Dates are so tasty. I’m never quite sure whether dates can be considered healthy snacks (and I don’t need to worry about how many I eat); or whether they are a sugar-laden snack that I need to be careful about.
Looks great! I’ve never thought of mixing apples with dates, but I think I might just try this.
This recipe turned out nicely. I think that you’d like it.
I must try this ,looks yum!!
My kind of salad. Thanks for sharing.