Dandelion, Persimmon, and Medjool Date Salad

Susan from Food Blogga

Makes 4 servings

Vinaigrette:
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon grainy Dijon mustard (or regular Dijon plus 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds)
1 teaspoon honey
2 tablespoons orange juice
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
salt and pepper, to taste

Salad:
2 bunches dandelion greens, washed, stems removed, and chopped**
2 small Fuyu persimmons, each cut into 6 wedges
4 Medjool dates, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons lightly toasted pecans, sliced lengthwise

For the vinaigrette, whisk all ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

In a large bowl, add the dandelions and persimmons. Pour half of the vinaigrette and toss until coated. Divide evenly among four plates. Add dates and pecans to each plate. Drizzle with the remaining vinaigrette.

**Dandelion greens are available at most supermarkets as well as organic specialty markets. Bitter greens such as chicory, frisee, and endive make good substitutes.