How is the weather at your end? It is hot and humid where I am. I tend to eat more salads; therefore, this blog is simple and to the point. I consumed a similar type of salad last July at a banquet of a friend's daughter's big wedding. A few vegan items were served at the wedding and I like the salad containing arugula, chopped apple, sliced dried black mission figs, roasted almonds and refreshing, citrus-y, pungent dressing. It was really good that I had seconds of the salad. Since then I have recreated it at home and added more items into the salad such as grape tomatoes and cannellini or great northern beans. I named it Arugula and Figs salad even though there are more than just arugula and figs in it. I really love the salad ingredients combination. The additional of white beans added an earthy taste to it. This salad can be a light meal by itself and is a great meal to eat and prepare during the hot weather.
I am using Made in Nature Black Mission Figs (dried and unsulfured). This product is also organic and non-GMO.
Below are the salad ingredients I used:
|From left, clockwise: Fuji apple, arugula, dried figs, grape tomatoes, and roasted blanched almonds (beans are not pictured).|
|Roasted Walnut Oil and Champagne Vinegar are my favorites.|
1 box fresh arugula about 8-10 oz. (rinsed and drained, use a salad spinner to get rid or excess water)
1 can (15 oz.) Cannellini or Great Northern Beans (organic if possible), rinsed and drained
6-8 dried black mission figs
1 cup roasted blanched almonds
1-2 Fuji apples (or other crisp apples), peeled, cored, and chopped
1.5 cups grape tomatoes
Salad dressing ingredients:
2-4 Tbsp. Roasted Walnut Oil (use 2 for lower calorie dressing)
4 Tbsp. Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar
1/2 Tbsp. Agave Nectar
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper.
1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice (from 1/2 orange) or fresh squeezed lime juice (from 1/2 lime), optional
- Combine oil and vinegar, whisk until the mixture is emulsified.
- Add agave nectar, salt, black pepper, and citrus juice. Combine by a whisk again and set aside.
- Slice dried figs crosswise thinly, remove the tough stem and top.
- Combine with other salad ingredients. To keep chopped apples from browning, you can squeeze some lime juice on them and combined.
- At serving time, combine the salad dressing and toss.
Enjoy this refreshing salad!