If savory and sweet is your favorite flavor combination, then this salad topped with dates and bits of bacon will be your ultimate salad combo. Use sliced apples to provide even more texture and fresh arugula to offset the sweetness. 

Recipe by Real Simple October 2006


Credit: Christopher Baker

Recipe Summary

Makes 6 servings


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Instructions Checklist
  • Fry the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 8 minutes.Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the arugula, dates, almonds, and Parmesan; set aside.Transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate. Carefully pour 2 tablespoons of the warm drippings into a small bowl. Add the vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper, and oil and whisk until combined. Drizzle the warm vinaigrette over the salad and toss. Divide among plates and top with the bacon, crumbling it if desired.


Nutrition Facts

325 calories; calories from fat 55%; fat 20g; saturated fat 5g; cholesterol 30mg; sodium 787mg; carbohydrates 27g; fiber 3g; sugars 23g; protein 14g.