Fresh figs are a luxury fruit for North Carolinians from August-October and The Wedge Garden is proud to have its very own fig tree! There’s nothing like the smooth texture, sweet taste and mouth-watering juiciness that a fresh fig as to offer. Not only do they taste good, but they also contain nutrients such as potassium and fiber. The leaves have even been used to make a liquid extract to aid in Diabetes management and lower Triglyceride levels. Three medium figs equal one serving and makes a wonderful addition to a luscious arugula salad. Fig trees can be found all across North Carolina and in grocery stores, so make sure to bring them home while you can! Store figs in the refrigerator for two days to keep them fresh.
Inspired by Fig and Arugula Salad
Makes 1-2 servings
2-4 cups arugula
1/4 cup red onion, sliced
1 tablespoon roasted pine nuts
4-5 fresh figs, halved and quartered
Honey mustard dressing (1-2 servings):
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon honey
Salt and pepper to taste
Gently mix arugula, onions and pine nuts in large bowl. Whisk together dressing ingredients in small bowl. Plate salad and add figs. Drizzle dressing over salad, adding salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!
Additional salad ingredients: fresh blackberries, blue, ricotta or goat cheese, walnuts, balsamic vinaigrette, prosciutto.
Blog post and photography by Heather Frost, MS, RD, LDN