Friday, September 10, 2021

The Fig Is It!


It's a great day for a fig! These incredibly versatile tree fruits are not only healthy, but they are tasty and can serve from everything like a healthy snack...all the way to an ingredient in a salad dressing. Robert Del Grande, who wrote The California Figs Cookbook joined Tonia's Kitchen from a Golden State fig orchard to talk about some of the more unique things you can do with figs. He told Tonia one of his favorites was a Fig and Arugula Salad, which he says has a very exotic flavor.

  • 4 California Fresh Figs, large: finely minced or smashed
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1 fennel bulb: thinly sliced

Fig & Buttermilk Dressing

  • 2 California Fresh Figs: finely minced
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds: minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • pinch red chile flakes
  • pinch black pepper


  • grated parmesan cheese
  • extra virgin olive oil


For the dressing, combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth.

Arrange the arugula, fennel and figs on a platter. Drizzle with the dressing. Garnish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and grated parmesan.