Oh, my! Let me tell you all about my impromptu visit to Trader Joe's on Friday.
We were just finishing the first week of school - well the first couple of says of school, actually, because the kids had a single session day on Wednesday and then it was just Thursday and Friday! We were running low on fresh fruit and instead of running to my usual produce spot I headed to Trader Joe's, and I'm so glad I did!
I LOVE figs! Back in Portugal it was one of those fruits that whenever was in season I would eat a lot of it because it has always been a favorite of mine. Fresh, preserved, just as is, on deserts, with yogurt, I just can't have enough of these amazingly sweet delights! When we were in Portugal, back in August, I had the chance to eat a few because I hadn't seen figs at a reasonable price here in the US, at all!
Well, I just ran into a sweet price at Trader Joe's - 2 lbs / $5.49!!!
Well, I didn't even think about it, I just grabbed a package and started thinking about what I was going to make with the figs as soon as I'd get home! I was feeling like having a light lunch so I decided to go with a salad - after spotting some promising pecans I picked them up to and drew the "project" in my mind. I love shopping for produce and at the same time thinking about what I'm going to do with it!
Here are the ingredients I used:
I'm not going to list quantities because I used enough to fill a salad bowl and didn't measure anything. Just went with the flow and it turned out to be an amazingly simple and tasty lunch. This is what I think works better for salads: fill the bowl half way up with greens and then just add your remaining ingredients and the seasoning.
I just started the salad by filling a salad bowl with the arugula and seasoning it with a bit of salt. I, then, started building up the salad with the rest of the ingredients: clementines, the figs (washed and cut in rings), the blueberries and the pecans. I topped it off with some date syrup and sprinkled some sesame seeds for texture.
Perfectly balanced and just enough sweetness to balance the tart flavor of the arugula. The date syrup works perfectly and I will be using it as a dressing often.
This turned out to be an exciting event for me and now I know where to find more figs for next week!