Contributed by Chana (Felisa) Billet:
"If you want to honor the barely celebrated holiday that happens to be the most glorious herald of spring, try this sophisticated "Biblically Inspired" salad for dinner tonight. This dish is high in flavor and strong on symbolism. It incorporates the 'shivat haminim,' the seven species of produce biblicaly connected to the land of Israel: wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranate, olives, and honey (Deuteronomy 8:8). To add an additional reference to the 'land flowing with milk and honey' (Exodus 13:5), add crumbled feta or goat cheese. Rashi's commentary on this phrase identifies milk as coming from goats and honey from dates and figs.
To read more about Tu B'shvat, check out an article I wrote at kosher.com. http://www.kosher.com/articles/holidays/tu-bshvat While you're on the site, if you want to hone your kitchen skills, check out my interactive culinary dialogue. http://www.kosher.com/articles/kosher-cooking-tips"