In Search of a Fig Tree

Okay, peeps. It’s decided. I want a fig tree. In my yard.

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Does anyone know how to grow a fig tree in central Texas? . . . If so, I would love to hear from you!

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In the meantime, I’ll share a recipe for a simple, summery way to use your figs. It’s more of a concept, really. And that is: To contrast the sweet delicacy of a fresh fig with the salty, meaty crunch of bacon, on a salad.

Fig Bacon Salad

Why bacon? Because bacon.

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Simple Green Salad with Fresh Figs and Bacon

Serves 4-6 (as a first course)

Ingredients:

5 ounces mixed greens

8-10 fresh figs, quartered

10 cherry tomatoes, halved

4 slices cooked bacon, chopped

1/2 cup salted or candied nuts, roughly chopped

3 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

For the Dressing:

3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar (or your favorite vinegar)

Salt and pepper, for seasoning

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (or your favorite oil)

Instructions:

Arrange the greens on a large salad platter. Arrange fig quarters and tomatoes over greens. Sprinkle bacon, nuts, and feta over everything.

To make dressing, in a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, salt, pepper, and oil. Spoon about half of the dressing over the salad and serve immediately. Pass extra dressing at the table.

Fig Bacon Salad

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5 Responses to In Search of a Fig Tree

  1. Carla July 25, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

    Natural Gardener should have some, or Specialized Plant Sales, at the DT farmers market

    • Marie Saba
      Marie Saba July 25, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

      Thank you, thank you! I will try Natural Gardener first. Thanks for the lead!

  2. chelsea July 26, 2013 at 7:02 am #

    If you just need to steal some figs, the Sherman’s (across the street from my parents) have one. Sometimes the birds get them before the humans, but it might be a good resource. :) Oh, the small town life of the neighborhood!

    • Marie Saba
      Marie Saba July 26, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

      Love it Chelsea! I walk by there all the time … will keep an eye out for some “low hanging fruit”! Hugs!

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