Lets talk figs for a minute. Figs are a delicate fruit, with a juicy sweet interior, surrounding tons of tiny crunchy seeds. Figs also pack a ton a healthy nutrients. Although you may not see them on lists of “super foods,” don’t be fooled, figs are in fact really good for you! They’re loaded with tons of potassium, fiber, and prebiotics, which help your digestion.
Many grocery stores will import figs many months throughout the year. When selecting your figs, if you are planning to eat them right away, they should be really soft to the touch.
This recipe for fig and arugula salad really highlights the delicate and delicious flavour of the figs, by combining them with other complimenting ingredients. What exactly does this mean? Pretty much that all the ingredients in the recipe taste really damn good together.
Alright, lets get to it!Print
- 4 fresh figs
- 1 package of arugula
- 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese (I recommend locally made cheese)
- 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
- 1/4 cup crushed walnuts
- olive oil (approx. 2-4 tbsp.)
- 1 cup balsamic vinegar
- 3 tbsp. maple syrup
- a pinch of sea salt
- Lets start by making our balsamic reduction.
- Stir the balsamic vinegar and maple syrup together in a small saucepan on high heat.
- Bring to a boil, and then lower to low heat to simmer, until the balsamic has reduced down to a thick glaze. (should be approx. 1/3 cup)
- To assemble the salad, begin by slicing your figs into 4 segments per fig. set aside.
- Place a large handful of arugula onto your plate, then top with goat cheese, pomegranate, and walnuts. Place your figs along the side of the plate.
- Gently drizzle some olive oil, and balsamic glaze over your salad. Finish with a pinch of a nice quality sea alt.
- Serve immediately.