FOOD: SPINACH SALAD WITH DATES AND ALMONDS

FOOD: SPINACH SALAD WITH DATES AND ALMONDS
The weather is warming up, so it’s time to step away from soups and head on down to salad-ville. I love this, recipe as it’s quick and easy to make.

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
4-5 dates, quartered length-wise
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 small pitas, roughly torn into 1 1/2 inch pieces
1/2 cup whole raw/unsalted almonds
2 teaspoons sumac
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
6 oz. Baby spinach leaves
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon

Instructions

Place the vinegar, onion and dates in a small bowl. Add a pinch of salt and mix very well. Leave it to marinate for about 30 minutes or so.
In the meantime, heat the butter and half the olive oil in a medium frying pan over medium heat. Add the pita and almonds and cook for no longer than 6 minutes. Stir until pita is crunchy and golden brown. Remove from the cooker and mix in the sumac, red pepper flakes, and 1/4 teaspoon salt, then set aside to cool.
In a large mixing bowl, mix the spinach leaves with the pita mixture. Add the dates and red onion mixture, the remaining olive oil, the lemon juice and another pinch of salt. 
Hmmm yummy crunchy salad.

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