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Date and Fig Arugula Salad

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Written by Abby

This Date and Fig Arugula Salad is a luscious blend of fresh figs, medjool dates, crunchy walnuts, creamy goat cheese and salty prosciutto, drizzled with a date-sweetened balsamic vinaigrette. Perfect for a light lunch, side dish, or topped with protein for dinner. Gluten-free, refined sugar-free, dairy free + vegetarian option.
If medjool dates had a fruity bff, fresh figs would without a doubt be their bestie. Not prunes because people easily confuse the two--which fun fact: medjool dates are a FRESH fruit while prunes are dried plums--the more you know!  Medjool dates and figs most definitely make a perfect pair and this Date and Fig Arugula Salad is delicious proof of their friendship👯
Date and Fig Arugula Salad
Full of dynamic flavors and textures, this Date and Fig Arugula Salad is where the summer and fall seasons meet. Hopefully you have discovered this salad before or during the prime of fig season as it is short and sweet indeed😉 The bold, peppery arugula is our leafy green base, topped with sliced, seasonal fresh figs, chopped medjool dates, crunchy walnuts, creamy goat cheese, salty prosciutto, drizzled with a homemade balsamic vinaigrette. 
Not only do medjool dates make a great salad topper, but they add the perfect touch of sweetness to a homemade salad dressing. The homemade balsamic vinaigrette is naturally sweetened with dates and it's much easier than you think...dare I say easier than running to the grocery and grabbing a bottled dressing?! All you need is a small mason jar to add the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, date syrup, mustard, garlic, and salt then shake shake shake it up until emulsified. Yep, definitely easier than going to the store😂


Ingredients for the salad: 

    1. Arugula
    2. Joolies Organic Medjool Dates
      • Adding sweet, caramel-y, natural goodness, while adding delicious nutritional benefits! Our Date Toppers also work fabulously here, especially if you're in time-saver mode!
    3. Fresh Figs
      • A seasonal gem, this fresh fruit is subtly sweet with honey, floral notes.
    4. Walnuts
    5. Goat Cheese
      • For a little creaminess and extra protein. Feel free to omit if you are dairy-free or substitute with a dairy-free version.
    6. Prosciutto
      • This salty, cured meat gives our salad some protein and extra flavor! If prosciutto isn't your thing, feel free to swap or take it out all together and add some other fun toppings that fit your diet 👏


medjool dates, figs

Ingredients for the dressing: 

    1. Olive Oil
      • This healthy fat source for our dressing  lot of proven benefits. You can substitute with avocado oil or tahini for an oil-free option.
    2. Joolies Organic Date Syrup
      • The only natural sweetener needed for our dressing. Plus you still maintain all the nutrient and health benefits of a medjool date in the syrup form.
    3. Balsamic Vinegar
    4. Dijon Mustard
      • Although small, it is mighty important! As a natural emulsifier, the mustard ensures the vinegar and oil stay together. Plus it adds a dash of zing.
    5. Garlic and Salt
      • These help to compliment the other flavors!



If you make this gorgeous, seasonal salad, be sure to tag us on Instagram @jooliesdates and use the hashtag #jooliesdates so we can see all your date-able date recipe recreations! And you can always comment below! 

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Date and Fig Arugula Salad

Gluten-Free, Refined sugar-free

  • prep time: 15 minutes
  • cook time: 0 minutes
  • total time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

For Salad:

  • 6 cups arugula
  • 5-6 fresh figs, stems removed
  • 5-6 Joolies dates, chopped
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 2 oz goat cheese, crumbled
  • prosciutto slices, optional

For Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/5-2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp Joolies date syrup
  • 1.5 tsp dijon mustard
  • pinch garlic + salt
  1. In a small mason jar, add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, date syrup, mustard, garlic and salt. Tightly screw lid on and shake vigorously until emulsified.

  2. Slice fresh figs and chop dates and walnuts. In a large bowl, add arugula then top with sliced figs, dates, walnuts. Tear up the strips of prosciutto then top with crumbled goat cheese.

  3. When ready to serve, drizzle vinaigrette over the salad, gently tossing. Enjoy!