I’m always on the lookout for new salad inspiration.

And let me tell you, California has some really good salads.

You can get your burger on a salad (which I find absolutely annoying because I’m never the one doing it) and literally every single restaurant has a list of decent salads. Even Asian take-out restaurants! Then there are restaurants that serve only salads, like greens up in Santa Monica.

I had been working at greens up a few weeks ago, and spent a significant amount of time drooling over their menu.

For some reason the salad that contained dates and corn – two things that are not my favorite – sounded ┬áreally good. So I brought home two salads and we celebrated Valentine’s Day with salads and wine. The salad ended up being so good that I decided I needed to make it a few days later.

The flavors are perfect – sweet dates, creamy cheese, flavorful corn – all over dressed greens. I thought the salad was pretty filling, but if you really want to make it into a meal, add some cooked turkey or chicken for protein!


Date, Corn & Goat Cheese Salad

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 5 min


Ingredients (2 servings)

  • 1 tsp oil (like grapeseed or olive)
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 8 cups greens of choice
  • 1Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • salt & pepper
  • 4 dates, sliced thinly
  • 2 oz goat cheese
  • 2 Tbsp toasted walnuts
  • 8 oz chicken or turkey if desired


Heat oil in small pan.

Add corn and saute for about 3-5 minutes, until golden brown.

Set aside.

Toss lettuce with olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper.

Divide onto two plates.

Top greens with dates, goat cheese, walnuts, corn and turkey or chicken if desired.

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12 Comments (Reply )

  1. Anna Johnson
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 8:17 am

    This combination looks delicious and I love corn on salads! I have been getting tired of the same salad my chef prepares so I’ll be sure to pass this one along! :)


  2. Kim
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 8:19 am

    There is a local restaurant that we go to that has a similar salad – it is so good!! I can’t wait to try this at home -I am thinking I am going to use arugula for the greens! YUM!



  3. Lauren
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 11:05 am

    I love dates but don’t eat them nearly enough. Great idea to incorporate them into a salad.


  4. Erica
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 11:07 am

    I’m so jealous that while I’m eating hearty winter fare (read soups, stews, curries), you’re making salad with corn and arugala… In February! Californians… pfft.


  5. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 11:55 am

    I have been trying SO hard to get into making really good salads. I think I just need to make more of an effort to load them up with delicious ingredients. Thanks for sharing this delicious inspiration!


  6. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 2:25 pm

    That sounds like an awesome salad- and it must be if it got you to like dates! :)


  7. lynn @ the actor's diet
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

    sounds SO GOOD. you have to try the caribbean cobb at prado on larchmont.


  8. Mo
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 8:52 pm

    Thank you for this recipe! I made it tonight as a side to stuffed portobello mushrooms. I added a little sliced sweet onion and it was perfect. Great combo of flavors!


  9. Jamie Walker
    Feb 29, 2012 @ 11:14 am

    MMM, that looks like a beautiful salad! ;) So glad you are enjoying the bounty of greens that California has to offer — and look forward to meeting with you soon — one of these days when I’m down in the LA area or you make your way up to the Bay Area.


  10. Lori
    Mar 03, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

    I’m jealous of your access to really good salads, but as long as you keep sharing recipes like this, I can handle it. Love this combo! Can’t wait to try it!


  11. Hannah R.
    Mar 07, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

    This salad was so good and filling!! I loved all the flavors together and what makes it even better is it has been husband appproved. I will be making this again soon.


    • Emily
      Mar 07, 2012 @ 3:31 pm

      Hi Hannah, I’m so glad you enjoyed the salad! (And that your husband approved) Thanks for letting me know. :)


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