Everything But The Bagel Vinaigrette
Farro Cucumber Date Salad
I like to make my salads from scratch, using the freshest ingredients dressed with a homemade vinaigrette. Today I took a short-cut.
Trader Joe’s sells a snappy seasoning blend with a clever name called Everything But the Bagel made with black and white sesame seeds, sea salt, garlic, onion, and poppy seeds. I put a scoop of the seasoning blend into a mixture of olive oil, vinegar, and agave syrup. It was a surprisingly good vinaigrette with sweet and savory flavors and a nice crunch. The dressing paired perfectly with my farro cucumber date salad. It was visually stunning too, with contrasting black and white seeds; ribbons of cucumber swirling around the platter; and just a few scattered edible flowers that made the neutral brown-green palette come alive.
Farro Cucumber Date Salad Recipe
- farro – cooked, at room temperature
- celery rib – sliced thin
- celery leaves
- scallion – sliced thin
- persian cucumber – sliced thin lengthwise
- pitted deglet noor dates, halved lengthwise
- radish – sliced thin (how about those cute Easter Egg Radishes?)
Salad adapted from Celery Slaw by Bon Appétit here.
Everything But The Bagel Vinaigrette Recipe
- 1 T. Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend by Trader Joe’s
- 3 T. olive oil
- 1 T. rice vinegar (not seasoned)
- 1 T. agave syrup
Mix all ingredients together.
Farro Cucumber Date Salad Composition
Place farro on a platter. Top with a handful of arugula. Scatter with scallion, celery, and celery leaves. Artfully arrange cucumber on top. Place dates and radish among the cucumber.
Ladle Everything But The Bagel Vinaigrette over the top. Garnish with edible flowers. Serve with extra vinaigrette on the side.