I’m going to start by saying I have this thing with figs. It’s a love/hate relationship. You already know I’m weird so let me elaborate on my fig shtick. Here’s why I love them. They are quite attractive once you cut them open. Otherwise, they basically look like a part of the male anatomy that is located below the waist, above the knees and somewhere behind something else. I’m right aren’t I? I bet you are looking at figs differently now. AND I CAN SEE YOU STARING AT THE COMPUTER SCREEN.Let’s go back in time to when Adam & Eve where romping around in the forest. What was their attire? Exactly. FIG LEAVES. What I believe happened was this. Adam wore that fig leaf every season and finally said to Eve ” Why do I need this leaf? It’s so flimsy and doesn’t really protect my FIGS….besides….green isn’t my color.”Eve told Adam that he should let his figs go free. I mean. They were the only ones in the forest forgodsakes. Eve threw her’s away too because it was too windy in the forest so what was the point of those leaves blowing around and revealing her melons to Adam. He already saw them before they tried on their fig leaves.
Anyhoo…that’s my theory. Let’s move on. Back to the figs. I love the way they look. I have a teensie issue about the way they taste. Okay. They are sweet but those tiny seeds drive me crazy. I don’t like the feeling of having sand in my teeth. It’s almost as bad as an egg shell and those are the absolute WORST. But wait. Why would I put them in my recipes? Well. Just look at them. They really are stunning aren’t they? They add a touch of rustic charm to any dish. It’s sometimes hard to find fresh figs around here. It happens to be one of the things that I always look for at the supermarket. Kind of like a challenge. A find the FIG challenge. My husband rarely FINDS figs. Ya know why? Because he knows that I usually shoot the food with the fig in it and then promptly deposit them on his plate. His understanding of why I needed the figs is only superficial, which is true but who cares. Just look at them in this salad. And speaking of salad. I bought these organic greens for dinner because of one reason only. My son wasn’t coming home tonight. He refers to a mix like this as “funny lettuce” or in his own words “sketchy salad”.
Sketchy or not it’s an easy sidedish with an amazing honey balsamic drizzlefizzshnizzle. Go FIGure.
- 1 bag/box of organic mixed greens
- 2 clementines, peeled and sliced
- 2 figs, washed and sliced
- 3 small radishes, sliced
- ¼ cup of fresh feta cheese
- 2 tablespoons dried blueberries, currants or cranberries for garnish - optional
- Honey Balsamic Dressing
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey or agave
- 1 teaspoon good quality Dijon mustard
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
- pinch of ground ginger
- Place salad ingredients in a bowl.
- Place dressing ingredients in a jar or small bowl. I like to use a jar because you can shake it and pour it easily onto the salad.
- Dress salad with honey balsamic dressing, garnish with dried fruit, toss and serve.