This beauty is my go-to everyday Hazelnut and Feta Salad Recipe. It’s filling and fresh and has such a satisfying combination of salt and sweet. It’s a perfect side or a main dish and it’s pretty enough to serve to a crowd!
I’ll admit it. I’m not a salad person. There’s nothing about a house salad that excites me – sad limp lettuce, a few unflavored veggies, soggy croutons drenched in salad dressing that’s filled with artificial flavors and colors. Nope, I’ll pass!
Making salads at home, however, was a game changer. Once I swapped out limp lettuce for fresh lettuce and I realized I could get creative with a plethora of toppings, I found my salad love. It’s so much more fun to make them at home, than it is to buy them from a restaurant. And that is why this Hazelnut Salad Recipe is one of my favorites. I love how the peppery arugula compliments the nutty, woody hazelnuts and the sweet tang of the dates are mellowed out with the creamy feta.
Step by step salad recipe:
First up, arugula, dates, hazelnuts, feta, and croutons.
To keep things uncomplicated, use a whole bag of arugula. This salad is so amazing that you’re going to eat that entire bag of arugula.
Next, grab half a cup of crumbled feta. Feta is a tangy and salty Greek cheese. It’s filled with protein, easy to digest, filled with vitamins, and a good source of probiotics! It’s a common cheese in the US and can be typically found in the cheese section. If you’re feeling ambitious, this recipe looks like a really great introduction into making your own feta.
Then, chop up a handful of dates. They’ll stick and clump slightly once you’ve chopped them, but that’s okay. Just place them next to the Feta because they’ll break up once you toss everything together. These bad boys are another big nutrient powerhouse. They’re high in fiber, filled with calcium, and they’re filled with antioxidants. Plus, they’re naturally sweet! I always pop a few into my smoothies for extra sweetness.
Toss in a half a cup of toasted hazelnuts, chopped. Hazelnuts are full of flavor and they’re also filled with vitamins, nutrients, and loaded with antioxidants. Chop up several and place them on top of the arugula. Here’s a fun article on hazelnuts and folklore.
Next, add the croutons. If you don’t have any, use this recipe to make some. If I’m in a time crunch, I’ve been known to toast a slice of bread until it’s very, very toasted and then crush it up onto my salad. Hey, no judging.
Coat this with our Mimosa Vinaigrette Dressing, because that’s a perfect pairing.
Enjoy this Hazelnut and Feta Salad!
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Basic Easy Hazelnuts Salad
- 1 bag arugula or mixed greens
- 1/2 cup feta cheese
- 1/2 cup roasted hazelnuts, chopped
- 5 dates, chopped
- Combine all and coat with dressing.