Recipe: Orange, Almond & Date Salad

updated May 12, 2022
Orange, Almond & Date Salad
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Like Faith, I adore the combination of oranges and dates. Rich with natural sweetness, the pair makes for a simple (not to mention gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and vegan!) weeknight dessert. I like to arrange them on a platter along with cinnamon roasted almonds and a scattering of mint for an elegant and playful way to end a meal.

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For a dish like this, it’s fun to mix at least two varieties and colors of oranges, including dramatic blood oranges, which carry a hint of red berry flavor. Use whatever you have available, though. You can also enhance the citrus with a drizzle of fragrant

orange flower water

To bring another layer of flavor and texture, I recommend the addition of almonds. For a recipe that’s vegan and lower in sugar, toss the nuts in a mixture of coconut oil, agave nectar, and cinnamon, and bake them until toasty. If dietary restrictions aren’t a concern, feel free to substitute honey or to make more traditional candied almonds with egg whites and sugar.

Orange, Almond & Date Salad

Serves 4

Nutritional Info


  • 1 teaspoon

    coconut oil, melted

  • 1 teaspoon

    agave nectar

  • 1/4 teaspoon


  • Salt

  • 1/4 cup

    raw almonds

  • 4 to 6

    oranges, depending on size

  • 1/4 teaspoon

    orange flower water (optional)

  • 4

    dates, thinly sliced

  • 1 tablespoon

    chiffonade of mint


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.

  2. In a small bowl, combine coconut oil, agave nectar, cinnamon, and a smidgen of salt (not too much, just a trace). Add almonds and toss to coat. Spread almonds in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake, stirring once or twice, until toasted – about 10 minutes. Cool before using. (Can make ahead and store in an airtight container.)

  3. Slice the ends off each orange. Stand each orange upright and cut away the peel and pith, following the curve of the orange. (For a visual guide, see steps 2 and 3 of How to Segment an Orange.) Cut each orange into 1/4-inch thick rounds and remove any seeds.

  4. Arrange the orange slices on a platter. Drizzle with orange flower water, if using. Scatter dates, almonds, and mint on top, and serve.

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Related: Recipe: Oranges With Lavender and Mint

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