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Blue Cheese-Date Salad

Yield Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 12 medjool dates (about 2/3 lb. total)
  • 3/4 cup crumbled Oregon blue or other blue cheese
  • 6 slices (4 1/2 oz. total) bacon, cut in half crosswise
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 quarts (about 8 oz.) baby spinach leaves, rinsed and crisped
  • Salt and pepper

Nutrition Information

  • calories 405
  • caloriesfromfat 38 %
  • protein 11 g
  • fat 17 g
  • satfat 7 g
  • carbohydrate 58 g
  • fiber 5 g
  • sodium 532 mg
  • cholesterol 27 mg

How to Make It

  1. Slit dates lengthwise down 1 side and remove pits. Squeeze dates from ends to open slits, and fill equally with blue cheese. Press dates to close around cheese. Wrap a piece of bacon around each date, securing with a toothpick. Place dates in a 10- by 15-inch pan.

  2. Bake in a 450° oven until bacon is well browned, about 10 minutes (about 6 minutes in a convection oven); after about 4 minutes, use a wide spatula to ease dates loose from pan and turn over.

  3. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine oil and vinegar. Add spinach and mix gently, seasoning to taste with salt and pepper.

  4. Spoon spinach mixture onto plates. Remove toothpicks from dates and set an equal number on each salad.