Baby spinach, date , feta and black rice salad

Baby spinach, date , feta and black rice salad

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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To Serve

  • Walnuts, lightly toasted, chopped
    75 g
  • Baby spinach leaves, well washed
    200 g
  • Red onion, peeled, thinly sliced
    1 medium
  • Good quality ready to eat dates
    120 g
  • Feta cheese
    75 g
  • Venere rice
    150 g
  • Red chilli, deseeded, finely chopped
    1 small
  • White wine vinegar
    3 tbsp
  • Olive oil
    6 tbsp
  • Fresh lemon juice
    1 tbsp
  • Roughly torn mint leaves
    1 handful
  • Sea salt
  • Good pinch of ground cumin
  • A saucepan
  • Colander
  • Grater
  • Large bowl
  • Mixing bowl



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.

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