To my mind dates are underused far too much, except in the Middle East where they are revered. Their sweetness when paired with a salty ingredient like feta work so well together. This salad is a great favourite of mine, it is an excellent way to start a meal. Venere black rice is often known also as purple rice.
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Place the venere rice in a small pan, add 350ml water and bring to the boil.
Reduce the heat to a simmer, cook for 25-30 minutes until just tender.
Drain in a colander and allow to cool.
To make the dressing… Place all the ingredients, except the mint leaves, in a bowl, whisk together, add the torn mint leaves, season to taste season to taste.
To prepare the salad, place the spinach leaves in a bowl, add the dates, cooked black rice , chilli ,red onions and walnuts and season lightly with salt and pepper.
Add enough dressing and toss gently together.
Dress in a salad bowl, then grate the feta over the salad liberally then serve.