Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Grilled Fig Salad




Lately, we've been trying to eat a little healthier, but as food bloggers, we are not willing to sacrifice flavor! That's why we came up with this filling salad recipe that our waists and our taste buds both agree on. The sweetness and smokiness of the grilled fig is a perfect blend of chewy deliciousness. The flax seeds and almond slivers give the salad a great crunch and a burst of fiber and protein your body needs. You will love the lemon vinaigrette so much, you'll store it in your fridge for days and use on other salads. 


(Serving for 2 people)

Ingredients for Salad:

6 figs
2-3 cups of spring mix lettuces
2 tablespoons of flax seeds
3 tablespoons of almond slivers

Ingredients for Lemon Vinaigrette:

Juice of one lemon
1 teaspoon of mustard
2 teaspoons of honey
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
pinch of salt
pinch of pepper

Kitchen Essentials:

Bar-Be-Que or indoor grill 
Small pan
Whisk
Measuring cups
Measuring spoons
Knife
Cutting board
2 small mixing bowls
Kitchen towel
Nonstick spray
Kitchen tongs

Directions for Lemon Vinaigrette:

In a small bowl, add the juice of one lemon, mustard and honey. While whisking, slowing pour in the extra virgin olive oil. Add a pinch of salt and pepper to taste and your dressing is done. Set aside and assemble the rest of the salad.

Directions for the Grilled Fig Salad:

Begin by gently washing your figs and pat drying them with a clean kitchen towel. Cut the figs in half lengthwise. Turn on your grill to medium heat and spray generously with nonstick spray. 

Place a small pan over medium heat and allow it to warm up. Add your slivered almonds and flax seeds and toast for 4 to 5 minutes. Keep an eye on them, nuts can burn really quickly. Once they have gotten nice and toasted, remove from the heat.




Place the figs cut side down on the grill and let them cook for 4 to 6 minutes. You want figs to warm through and allow them to get nice grill marks. By grilling the figs, you are caramelizing the sugars in the fig and enhancing their flavor. Remove the figs from the grill using your tongs.




The last thing left to do is assemble your salad.  Place 1 to 1 1/2 cups of spring mix lettuce down on a plate. Next arrange your figs and sprinkle with the toasted nuts.  Pour a little of your lemon vinaigrette over the salad and you are ready to enjoy a delicious and healthy salad!



32 comments:

  1. Oooh! This is the way to eat salad...with grilled figs! Love the honey and mustard in your Lemon Vinaigrette...so tasty. And, the additional crunch of the flax seeds and almonds. Yum. Thanks for sharing, you two!

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  2. Mmh, love the combination of grilled figs with the Lemon Vinaigrette!
    Looks like the perfect salad to me with a gorgeous balance of sweet and sour and crunchy and soft textures.

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  3. This is a GREAT healthy treat PLUS I LOVE fresh figs, LOVE them!

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  4. This would be great with a little bit of goat cheese too.

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  5. I made fig salad but figs arent grilled.This style looks soo delicious.I will try again with griiled figs now..

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  6. Oh wow! I haven't had anything like that. But that salad looks so tempting!

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  7. Dear Cristy, What a beautiful and healthy salad. I love figs, though they are a little too expensive now.
    the dressing sounds wonderful. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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  8. Seeing your healthy and delicious salad, I knew immediately that it must be fig season now in your side of the world. Beautiful!

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  9. I love this delicious and beautiful salad... wish we could have figs locally.

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  10. What a lovely idea for a salad - I have never ever grilled figs before but looking at your lovely pictures, I am sure that the grilling brings out the natural sweetness in these wonderful fruits even more and then they are such a perfect match for the nutty arugula!

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    1. Grilling makes them even better! Try it sometime.

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  11. This sounds like a great idea. I've started to get into figs lately and I always like to add some fruit to a salad so this is perfect all around!

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  12. I LOVE figs but have never thought to grill them! These sound simply fabulous!

    xx Kait | ChickadeeSays | ChickadeeSays Bloglovin

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    1. The grill makes them even better! Enjoy!

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