I’m going to use dates this year, they are so delicious and so seldom used. I made this salad for the Sanlam Food Wine and Design and it was a hit! I get dried dates from my local fruit and veg shop, loose and by the kg, but I did use the supermarket block of dates while on holiday in December and they were fine too.

Date and red onion salad:

Roughly slice about two handfuls of dates, mix them up with one thinly sliced red onion, add about 150ml white wine vinegar and leave to marinate for about an hour. Roughly chop about 150g whole almonds, mix them up with some dried chilli flakes, sumac (if you have), salt and extra virgin olive oil. Toss this and the date mix with some peppery leaves (baby spinach/watercress/rocket) and squeeze a bit of fresh lemon juice. You can add some home made croutons to add some crunch. Dish delish:))