11 March 2014

Baked Fig & Cashew Spinach Salad

One of my favourite things at our house is the fig tree. Figs are pretty hard to find and very expensive when you do. I only had fresh figs for the first time about 4 years ago. Before that I'd only ever eaten fig jam. Our house in Stanford had a fig tree and I was very happy that we found a house in Hermanus that also has a fig tree. Half of the tree doesn't have any leaves or figs. The other half has very few leaves, but enough figs for us to pick a few each day.

I was looking for a salad recipe to use some of our figs in and this was the only one I found that we had most of the ingredients for. I wasn't sure I'd like this Baked Fig & Walnut Spinach Salad, but it was delicious. We didn't have walnuts, so I used cashews. The roasted figs were incredible and I'd eat them every day if I could. I was surprised at how well they worked with the slightly pickled onions. Definitely try this if you feel like experimenting or have extra figs.


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