This looks amazing! for a college student, this has more exotic ingredients than i am used to, this is the first recipe i’ve seen a recipe that require pita bread since i usually only eat those when i’m at a greek restaurant. would also have to look around for dates and sumac, i don’t think i’ll be finding that at the Stater Brother’s where I normally go. I definitely want to give this a go, it looks really good
My copy of Jerusalem just arrived yesterday and I can’t wait to try the recipes. Like you Plenty is definitely one of my faves in my collection. This salad looks amazing and you’re right, it’s always the simple things I think that taste the best. If you’re using great produce, you don’t need to do a lot to it right?!
This will go on our star salad list! Did you eat in the main dining room or downstairs at Nopi? We’re going to London in January, and I’m trying to decide between the two (prices are the same — just wondering if the communal table and views of the kitchen are an advantage or too distracting).
Hi Kristi- I am jealous of your trip! We ate in the main dining room, but went downstairs to check it out. The upstairs dining room is SO beautiful, that I would pick it. Also, I sort of hate communal dining. But! Definitely go downstairs to take a peak into the kitchen and see the most beautiful bathrooms ever. You’re going to love it!
wonderful! I’ve been kind of intimidated by the recipes in PLENTY because they’re more labor-intensive than what I usually want to be doing on a weeknight for dinner. but this looks totally doable and delicious!
I just got a bottle of Sumac and this looks like the perfect first use for it. Anything spinach or dates and I’m on board. Lovely photography. What camera do you use for food pics? I am in the market for a new one. Thanks, as ever…
I have their previous cookbook but just realized that I haven’t made anything from it yet (doh!). This salad looks amazing and I love something that uses dates and sumac. Will try this for sure with that kind of recommendation!
Hi Jan- I use an old Canon Digital Rebel something. It is probably 8 years old and I have exactly one fixed lens for it. I really do like Canon, and when I get around to replacing it I will buy another Canon digital SLR.
Oh, lunch today! I am crazy for dates and almonds, I always have both on hand. I like to remove the pit of the date and replace with an almond. Combining in a salad, fabulous! Thank you, Tim for sharing.
Tim! You posted this at the most perfect time. I’ve been anxiously waiting for my copy of Jerusalem to arrive and this post just makes me even more excited about my new cookbook purchase. And, since I was back home in NYC for a week (and ate a lot of amazing pizza, pasta, middle-eastern food, Italian pastries, etc.etc.), i’ve been dying to make something light(er) now that I’m back in my own kitchen. As always, your photos make me hungry. Thanks for this one!
I got my copy of “Jerusalem” last week and I was so excited upon opening it. This salad caught my eye and I’m glad to see it as was turned out to be as good as it looked!
Although I love Ottolenghi’s and Tamimi’s vegetable recipes, I found myself drawn to the Tahini Cookies for my first recipe from the book. I have the feeling “Jerusalem” going to see a lot of love in my house!
Timing! My copy of Jerusalem arrived on Wed, and we had a dinner party Fri using those gorgeous recipes! This salad was divine as was the pumpkin and tahini, and the roasted cauliflower and hazelnut. And the burnt eggplant was phenomenal- still dreaming about it. Likewise the hummous and the felafel was perfect. Joy! Enjoy!
This salad is the BEST. I could also eat it every day! I saw the recipe in the book, at Costco no less, and wrote down the name (of that particular salad) to try to find something similar online. I was so excited to find the exact recipe….thank you…and made it last weekend. It was for a dinner made jointly by a friend and me, she made a chicken tagine and I made a couscous dish and this salad. It definitely lived up to, and exceeded, my expectations and was enjoyed by everyone. We all had seconds and left the bowl empty!
You were right Tim. Go and make this salad now! It was delicious. I made it last night for my family and it was perfect for a hot spring evening BBQ. The chilli flakes gave it a fantastic kick and I love that this is so simple and incredibly tasty. Will be a regular on the repertoire this year.
I stumbled across your beautiful blog this morning, and literally dropped my entire afternoon to read it all the way down through the archives to the beginning. Just.. gorgeous. So unpretentious and effortlessly classy. I can’t wait to see more – thank you!
I have been waiting for this book too… this summer I was in the UK for work and I convinced a friend I was staying with to go up to London. We went to the Ottolenghi restaurant in Notting Hill… when we walked out she asked what now…I said whatever, I’ve done what I needed to do… that had been my reason for coming to London, and it was the best… what brilliant food!
Hi Tim! Just bought lovely Medjool dates and almonds, cannot wait to try this recipe! Can you tell me if you use the pita bread with the pocket or the softer ones without a pocket? I’m guessing either would work, wondered which you prefer? Thanks!!
Hi Tim, I just stumbled upon your blog – looks great! And I’m a huge Ottolenghi fan, too, I have all three cookbooks and they love them. He changes my general way of cooking…. will try the salad recipe tonight.
All the best from Munich.
I loved this salad. Didn’t have sumac so used zataar instead. It worked really well. I would love to try this with some chicken and bulk up the salad more. Any suggestions for how to adapt the recipe accordingly?
Hey Jen- First of all- try it with sumac! It is SO good, and sumac is just great to have around. I don’t think I have ever made a salad with meat, so I am probably the wrong person to ask. But it seems like you could just grill a chicken breast and add it to the salad.
Made this salad for the first time last night. It was so good we are having it again today! We added some crumbled feta cheese to make a complete vegetarian main meal. It was superb. Make the effort to find sumac, it really makes the dish outstanding.
This is far and away the most delicious salad I’ve ever tasted. Thank you for emphasizing not skipping/switching the sumac! As the roommate who can’t cook, I really appreciate the points this adds to my kitchen cred. :) Thank you!
Hi Tim – I am a long time fan of your blog, and just wanted to say hi!
I made this salad for the first time on Friday for a dinner party, and it stole the show! It is so simple and elegant – and the sumac is really exceptional. I served it with Moroccan-spiced chicken with apple cider glaze, and it paired beautifully. I’m going to try it tonight with some leftover roasted chicken added into the salad to make it a full meal. Can’t wait to eat it again.
Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe, and for your lovely blog!
Just made this & had to comment – it really is delicious!! I had to go to 3 stores to find sumac (duh, should have gone to the wonderful Middle Eastern market on Foster at Clark in the first place!) It was worth it! The only thing I changed was to use red wine vinegar instead of white because that’s what I had on hand. My boyfriend declared it the best salad I’ve ever made. :)
My friend made this salad (along with the hot yogurt and barley soup) for dinner last night. The soup was delicious, but this salad??? The best salad I’ve ever eaten in my whole life! I really can’t stand it, it’s so incredible. Also, we live in Jerusalem, so we’re definitely ordering this cookbook (hadn’t heard of it until you, but between this salad and us living here, we knew we had to get it). We also thought it was funny that most of these ingredients were already in our normal stock–sumac, pita, dates. Thank you!!
I feel like everybody’s already said it but wow! Loved this salad. My parents immigrated to the US from Lebanon and I spent summers eating a somewhat similar salad – fattoush – at least the similarities are toasted pita and a lemony-olive oil-sumac dressing. This with crisp romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and LOTS of chopped fresh mint. A different salad – but could be a delicious summery alternative. Anyways, so (like everyone) I feel like I need to get this book!
This salad is so delicious! I can’t wait to buy the book.
My only problem with it is that the pita/almond mixture seems to dwindle away between adding the spices and mixing it into the salad, and I’m left with crumbs around my mouth and fingers. I even brought some into work today, and my little baggy of almonds/pita is already down to half its size. There are tiny specks of sumac all around my keyboard, and I’m worried I won’t have enough for the salad come lunchtime. How does this happen?
Does anyone have any tips on how to keep it from disappearing? Maybe duct tape over my mouth and mittens on my hands?
I must be the only person in this entire universe that didn’t like this salad. The pita and sumac is genius and delicious. I will use that concept again on perhaps other salads. But the red onion + vinegar + dates??? GROSS. I really wanted to love this salad, especially because I absolutely trust your judgement but I just didn’t get this one. I know I’m in the minority. Still love your blog, btw.
I make this salad over and over and people LOVE IT! Ive changed up the onions (I prefer sweet white onion), and the nuts (ive tried hazelnuts and pecan…the pecans rocked it), and this is a recipe that gets shared everytime I make the salad.
I love your blog and the photos.
Thanks for the recipe share. I actually found your website by googling “Jerusalem spinach salad dates” because I LOVE this recipe, but I’m at my boyfriend’s right now and my copy of the book is at home.
The first two times I made this, I used bagged supermarket pita breads. Both times the salad turned out amazing.
This time, I thought I’d be a bit special and get amazing, fat, pillowy, delicious fresh pita bread from my favourite Greek takeaway.
I should have stuck with the cheap stuff! It actually crisped up way easier, and the fatness of the fresh pita which is SO nice fresh actually made it a bit of a workout to chew through.
It’s still great and we will definitely get through it, but just thought I’d let others know – use cheap and/or stale pita, not good fresh stuff!
Found your site via a link on my usual haunt – a BB for horseowners. Go figure.
This is the Best.Salad.Ever.
& you are right, I cannot stop eating it.
Coming from the depoths of Winter it tastes like Spring.
The only subs I made were:
*balsamic since I did not have white vinegar
*toasted bagel chips (no pita in the house)crumbled into bite-sized
*sliced almonds (those were in the house).
And being lazy by Nature, I did the bagel chips & almonds in the microwave – 3-5min on High for single-serving quantities – no stirring.
Love your blog & will be back.
I’m a former longtime Chicagoan transplanted to Hoosierland 10yrs ago.
This recipe was the first one I tried from “Jerusalem” and I could not agree with you more, one of the best and easiest things I’ve cooked this year!
I honestly love this cookbook, there are so many vegetarian recipes but also some meat and fish for my family to enjoy;)
Tonight for dinner we had this salad made with lacinto kale subbed in for the spinach. Still just as delicious! I stemmed & sliced the kale thin then added the olive oil, lemon juice, & coarse salt & massaged it in. And let it marinate while I prepared the other components. https://instagram.com/p/BHyDXkNj4ci/