Chewy dried fig and apricot spinach salad not only sounds delicious and fancy, but it’s super simple and easy to make!
I feel like I’m cheating when I use any other dried fruit besides dates. Dates are a staple in any of my salads because I love the chewy sweet texture it adds. I’m sorry dates, figs and apricots are the stars today. Dried figs are so great because the little seeds in the middle add the perfect little crunch to the chewy texture. This salad literally took a few minutes to put together and was so filling and perfect.
For the past few years, I have been making my own fig jam using a recipe my mother in law and her friends use. I’ve been told it’s the best some have ever tasted. For a while, I even worked on mass producing it because EVERYONE loved it so much. I kind of felt like I was doing a disservice to the public by not manufacturing it. It’s still in the works but with everything going on it’s not high on the priority list. So I used a teaspoon of the fig jam in my recipe but feel free to use any jam (doesn’t have to be fig). Make sure to shake the dressing really well so all the ingredients emulsify together.
This simple, sweet and chewy salad hits all the right notes!
- 4 cups of spinach
- 1 cup of baby kale
- 1/2 apple thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 5 dried apricots thinly sliced
- 3 dried figs sliced
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon fig jam or any jam
Toss all salad ingredients together.
Using a closed lid container, shake together the olive oil, lemon juice and jam until they're fully combined.
- Toss the dressing with the salad and serve!