Combine dates, sugar, and eggs in a skillet; place over medium heat. Cook and stir until mixture is cooked through and thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and stir rice cereal, vanilla extract, and salt into egg mixture. Roll mixture into a log.
Sprinkle coconut over a sheet of waxed paper. Roll date log in the coconut until coated. Cover date log with aluminum foil and refrigerate until set, about 1 hour. Cut log into 1/4-inch slices.