I found these black seedless grapes, called Sweet Sapphire, in the local grocery store. They are unusually long and slender and deliciously sweet.
Another unusual item I ran across recently was fresh Barhi dates. I hadn’t seen these since moving away from Southern California 31 years ago. They are crunchy and slightly sweet when fresh but become very sweet as they ripen and become soft. I thought the crisp fresh dates would be perfect in a salad.
Fresh fennel always goes well in a salad.
I quartered lengthwise the green and sapphire grapes, the fresh dates and the Mediterranean green olives. The red onions were sliced and the fennel was shaved on a mandolin. There was no need for a dressing.
The homemade crackers were made with lightly toasted and ground sesame seeds, almond flour, flax seed meal, honey, water and salt.