Fig Newton Your Salad!

Every August I still get the end of Summer blues (hard wiring in my brain since I was a kid)… so I am trying to find reasons why I like August.

And I found one! A big one – Figs are in Season! I love Figs like no other. I am always surprised that most folks have never even tried a raw fig. I remember convincing one of my best friends to eat one. I told her if you like “Fig Newtons” you will like raw figs! She was sold. And of course she loved them.

Make this Fig Salad Immediately. Before the season expires!

My body loved this Fig salad so much that I forgot all about the fact that it’s August

:)

Here’s why:

The health benefits of Figs are tremendous!!!! Figs are considered a restorative food that brings instant vitality to your mind and body.

Amazing Figs

Figs also ….

  • Ease constipation because of their large cellulose content and its tough skin. The seeds in the fruit further facilitate removing “junk” from your intestines.
  • Are a cure for asthma: Figs can drain phlegm that causes asthma in allergy induced cases
  • Improve your sex appetite: Figs stimulate your nether regions like no other
  • Help with weight loss: Figs are fiber backed and expand in your stomach to make you feel full
  • Reduce hypertension: Figs have a load of potassium which helps to control high blood pressure

Other ingredients in the salad have huge health benefits too!

Why did I choose Arugula? Arugula contains about eight times the calcium, fives times the vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin K, and four times the iron as the same amount of iceberg lettuce. Arugula is also considered the brother of broccoli and has some serious compounds that fight and prevent cancer.

And why Brazil Nuts? One word: Selenium. This mineral is a rockstar antioxidant that is hard to find in other foods. Just eating 1 or 2 brazil nuts every few days is hugely beneficial to looking, staying and feeling young and free of disease!

And why Raw Goat Cheese? – read my post on how pasteurization process robs dairy of all its nutritional value.

My husband said this was one of the best salads he had ever had.

Hurry up and make this soon…time is running out on Fig Season

:)

Food Babe’s Fig Newton Salad
 
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Serves: 2 – 4

Ingredients
  • 4 cups fresh arugula
  • 10 fresh figs cut in half
  • 2 ounces of raw goat cheese grated
  • ¼ cup of raw red onion sliced
  • 1 ½ tbsp balasmic vinegar
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • fresh cracked pepper
  • 10 brazil nuts toasted and chopped

Instructions
  1. Preparing the salad:
  2. In a large bowl, thoroughly combine arugula, onions, balsamic, olive oil and cracked pepper
  3. Scoop desired amount on plates
  4. Prepare the goat cheese figs and brazil nuts:
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  6. Place raw brazil nuts on a pan, roast for 20 mins or until golden brown
  7. Place figs on a baking sheet and top with goat cheese
  8. Bake figs until goat cheese is melted (about 10-15 mins)
  9. Remove brazil nuts and figs from oven
  10. Chop brazil nuts into small pieces
  11. Top the arugula with a few figs and sprinkle the brazil nuts evenly over the salad
  12. Enjoy!

Notes
***All ingredients organic***

 

I only buy raw cheese – Pasteurized cheese is worthless!
Jolly Green GIANT Brazil Nuts
Sprinkled raw goat cheese on fresh in season figs
Preparing to bake deliciously topped figs
Anxiously awaiting the ooozing hot figs from the oven…and why yes I am in pajamas. My favorite attire for cooking after a long day at work.
Chopping up my brazil nuts – they are too big for one bite!
Taaaa Da!
Up Close and Personal
Experience the bite of the red onion, the sweet chewiness of the hot fig, the sharpness of the raw goat cheddar, and the creamy crunch of the brazil nuts all at once. The flavors and textures explode in your mouth.

If you know someone who gets the end of Summer blues and/or loves figs, please share this recipe with them

:)

XOXO,
Food Babe

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13 Responses to “Fig Newton Your Salad!”

  1. Veena

    When do I get to taste this salad!
    Looks yum!!!

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    • Food Babe (to Veena)

      When you buy me some more figs :)

      Reply
      • Veena (to Food Babe)

        That means a visit to my friend Usha Ji’s house to pick up fresh figs from the tree!

  2. Elizabeth

    You should open up a restaurant.

    Reply
    • Food Babe (to Elizabeth)

      You are too sweet Elizabeth – I definitely want to get involved with the food business one day! I just got a new job and I LOVE IT – so it may be a while :)

      Reply
  3. Rachel

    THIS looks fabulous. A fresh approach to a salad. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Reply
    • Food Babe (to Rachel)

      Thank you Rachel! The Farmers Market next to you this weekend should have some! :)

      Reply
  4. Sherry

    Hey Vani! Just wanted to thank you! Steve and I tried this amazing salad tonight and it was divine! As figs were out of season, we substituted with pear but it was still delicious! Can’t wait to try again when fig season returns!

    Reply
  5. Stephanie

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! I have never eaten fresh figs in my life and was amazed how good they are, especially when warm and covered with melted goat cheese :) I will definitely make this again. Thanks!

    Reply
  6. char

    Was on my way out and decided to check and see if you had something amazing (as usual) to try, and of course you did……yay!!!!! Hope I can find some figs

    Reply
  7. Miya King

    Wow – this was really delicious!! I’ve never had fresh figs before, picked up some California organic and now those little guys are at the top of my seasonal favorites. What an incredible flavor combo – thanks for coming up with this and posting. :)

    Reply
  8. sully

    What balsamic vinager do you recommend (without nitrites)? Thanks

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