FALL RECIPES: NUTRITIOUS FIG SALAD
as fun filled as summer is with warmth, sunshine, and delicious citrus fruits, unfortunately it can't last forever! but it's all good, the fall season comes with it's own beauty. :)
as we transition into cooler weather we get to bring out our scarves and beanies, and enjoy all of the foods that come with the season like pumpkin and sweet potato pie! LOL
but on a healthier note...;) the fall brings a slew of delectable fruits that are super nutritious.
one that I particularly enjoy are figs.
these little guys are as nutritious as they are tasty.
they're a great source of fiber, potassium, vitamin b6, vitamin k, and even copper!
now normally, figs are a part of sweet recipes like parfaits and jams, but this simple salad uses the mild sweetness of the fig to bring perfect balance to the the rest of the savory ingredients.
so here it is:
the base of the salad is arugula.
arugula has a peppery taste when compared to other greens. It's packed with vitamins like calcium, folate, vitamin c, and vitamin a!
to add some texture and density to the salad I add tricolored quinoa.
quinoa is a great grain alternative for those that follow a gluten free diet. It's high in protein when compared to rice, and is a great source of magnesium, iron and zinc.
you cook quinoa very similar to rice in that it's one part quinoa and two parts water.
to make it savory this is how I season it when cooking one cup:
1 tbsp olive oil (to prevent sticking)
1/2 lemon, freshly squeezed
1 tbsp chicken bouillon
after the water has been brought to a boil, reduce to simmer and it takes about 10-15 minutes to cook through.
now the star of the show! just wash, dry, cut the stems and quarter.
I like to add goat cheese to my salads over feta or gorgonzola because the lactose in goat's milk is better digested than that of cow's milk for people (like me) whose tummies get a little angry after eating dairy from cow's milk. plus it adds a nice tang and extra protein to the salad.
to dress the salad I use balsamic vinegar & olive oil to help all the flavors come together and add some healthy fats to the finished product.
If you decide to try this quick meal I hope that you find it as delicious as I do.
thanks for reading and feel free to hit me up if you have any questions! <3