If you don't have access to fresh dates, you can omit them or substitute an apple.
Asian Pear, Fresh Date, and Pomegranate Salad
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
16 fresh dates
1 Asian pear
1 teaspoon lemon juice
De-seed the pomegranate* and place seeds in a large bowl.
Take 1/4 cup of the pomegranate seeds to make juice. Press the seeds through a strainer over a small bowl. Discard the pulp. Add the honey, ginger, and cinnamon to the pomegranate juice and combine. Set dressing aside.
Cut each date, lengthwise or crosswise, into 4-6 pieces. Slicing them crosswise creates nice little discs, but it requires a slightly steadier hand than cutting lengthwise. Discard the date seeds and add the dates to the bowl with the pomegranate seeds.
Slice the pear into bite-size pieces and toss with lemon juice. Add to the bowl with the pomegranate seeds and dates.
Pour dressing over the fruit and gently toss to combine. Serve immediately.
*For step-by-step instructions, see How to Cut and De-Seed a Pomegranate at Simply Recipes.
(Images: Emily Ho)