If you have never heard of Date Salami before, you’re missing out! This no-cook, vegan date and nut “salami” is the perfect, guilt-free snack, treat or party appetizer that you absolutely need to try! Made with sweet dates, a mixture of salty nuts, sesame seeds, raisins and for a fancy twist - rose petals; this date salami is also completely raw, vegan, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free. Talk about HEALTHY! It is also perfect for summer because it is no-bake, which means no oven is necessary. Plus it tastes delicious!
What You Need To Make Date Salami
Dates. The main ingredient in this recipe are medjool dates. Look for fresh dates that are soft and chewy and are preferably already pitted (so you don’t have to pit them yourself).
Nuts. Nuts add the crunch to this recipe. We recommend using a mixture of almonds, cashews, pistachios, and walnuts, but you can also use whatever you have on hand. Other nuts that will work are pecans and pine nuts.
Sesame Seeds. Adding healthy sesame seeds are a great addition as they are easily available and also taste great. You can also experiment with other seeds like flax seeds, chia seeds or even poppy seeds.
Raisins. Look for golden raisins, they will add extra sweetness and a bit of colour to the salami.
Cardamom Powder. Cardamom is the perfect spice for this recipe as it creates an irresistible aroma and a warm piney, fruity taste.
Coconut Oil. Coconut oil will help keep the salami together. If you are not a vegetarian you can also use ghee in the same amount.
Rose Petals. Rose petals add a fun, fancy and sophisticated touch to the recipe that will no doubt impress your friends!
How To Make Date Salami
First, lightly toast the chopped nuts in a pan on medium heat for only about 30 seconds.
Add sesame seeds and toast for a few more seconds. Remove from the pan and set aside.
In the same pan, add the coconut oil and chopped dates. Cook on low heat for 2 minutes until soft. Add the raisins, roasted nuts and cardamom powder and cook for a few more minutes.
Remove from heat and let the mixture cool.
Sprinkle the rose petals on top of cling wrap and then transfer the cooled mixture on top as well. Roll into a log and transfer to the fridge.
Refrigerate until the log is set and firm. Cut into slices and serve cold.
Tips for Making Date Salami
Try to find Medjool dates that are soft and fresh. If your dates are on the firmer side, soak them in hot water for about 15 minutes.
You can mix and match the nuts as needed! We suggest walnuts, cashews, pistachios and almonds but feel free to use your favourites, just make sure you have the same total measurements.
If your date mixture appears to be too dry and isn’t rolling well. Add a bit more coconut oil until the consistency makes it easier to roll.
There are lots of different variations for this recipe. Here are a few below:
You can change up the shape. Instead of rolling into a log, you can roll the mixture into balls instead and coat them with shredded coconut; for a fun, bite-size snack!
You can experiment with other flavours and spices like saffron, cinnamon, lemon or orange zest.
For a chocolatey-twist, add chocolate chips, drizzle chocolate on top or add cocoa powder to the mixture.
How To Store Date Salami
Date Salami is best stored in the fridge for up to a month. You can also freeze it for up 3 months. It tastes best cold, so we don’t recommend keeping it on the counter.