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:
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
Bar-Be-Que or indoor grill
2 small mixing bowls
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!