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This elegantly composed salad combines classic flavors and textures: Chewy dates, crunchy almonds, and creamy blue cheese nestle with peppery arugula and watercress. A sweet-tart honey-Dijon dressing pulls it all together.
1Place vinegar, honey, mustard, and a pinch each of salt and pepper in a small, nonreactive bowl and whisk to combine. Slowly drizzle in oil, whisking continuously, until completely incorporated. Season with additional salt and pepper as needed.
For the salad:
1Place dates in a small bowl and add just enough dressing to coat, about 1 to 2 tablespoons. Using your hands, separate the pieces and evenly coat with dressing; set aside.
2Place watercress and arugula in a large bowl and toss to combine. Drizzle in the remaining dressing and gently toss to evenly coat the leaves. Taste, season with salt and pepper as needed, and toss to combine.
3Divide greens among four plates. Top each salad with a quarter each of the dates, cheese, and almonds. Serve immediately.
A great salad is all about balancing flavors and textures. This one gives you all the taste elements in each bite—salty, sour, bitter, sweet, and umami—while the creamy cheese counters the various crunchy components.
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