Saturday, November 5, 2011

Kelsey's Fall Fig Salad

Fall Fig Salad starring Reading Terminal Market fresh produce

Fair Food Farmstand, Iovine Brothers Produce, and other Reading Terminal Market merchants provide the ingredients to this fancy fall fig salad made by none other than my budding foodie of a daughter. It started with a complaint:  "Mom, your salads are so boring.   And they're not pretty."

She's right, I suppose. I tend to view a salad as a light side dish, almost palate cleanser; I gravitate toward baby greens like arugula or mache and toss them with a simple balsamic vinaigrette.  But Kelsey prefers something a bit more involved, and if she's willing to make it, I'm more than happy to provide the ingredients and step aside.

Kelsey's Fall Fig Salad

1 10 oz package Spring Mix, rinsed and spun
6 black or green figs, quartered
1 pear, peeled, cored and sliced and spritzed with lemon
1/3 cup lightly salted cashews
1/4 cup grated asiago cheese (or other sharp cheese of your choice)

Place spring mix in salad bowl, and arrange other ingredients decoratively on top.  Dress as desired--we used a light lemon vinaigrette.

When you see her Halloween costume, you can tell that plain and simple are not to her liking:

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