Green Apple and Fig Salad

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Fresh figs have been a staple buy on a grocery run for the last few years, when they started appearing in super markets in Hyderabad. They are available for a few months of the year and are currently on the shelves. Figs are very delicate and spoil easily, so buy only as much as you think you can use up in 2 or 3 days.

They are great to snack on, if you like a mild sweetness and the texture of the fresh fig. Figs are also very versatile to be added to fruit salads, desserts that use fresh fruit, to bake with or to add to a salad. K has been recently introduced to the joys of fresh figs paired with feta and balsamic vinaigrette. He could eat a salad every meal if it had the aforementioned ingredients.

This is a crisp salad that’s very simple to put together and makes for a good accompaniment to a main course. The contrast of the slightly tangy green apple with the mild softness and sweetness of the fresh figs is good. Add some toasted walnuts for crunch and serve on a bed of baby spinach.

Green Apple and Fresh Fig Salad (Serves 2)

1 medium sized green apple, or any other crisp apple, sliced into slivers

4 or 5 figs, quartered

1/4 cup of toasted walnuts

1 small bunch of salad greens such as lettuce or rucola or baby spinach

For the dressing:

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon honey

salt and pepper to taste

1/4 teaspoon lemon juice or balsamic vinegar

Shake all the ingredients for the dressing till it is cloudy.

Mix together all the fresh ingredients in a large bowl. It helps if all the ingredients are chilled. Pour the dressing over the salad, toss gently and serve right away.

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