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Sweet Salad with Balsamic Fig Dressing

Updated on July 16, 2014
Sweet Salad with Balsamic Fig Dressing. You can see the bits of feta cheese, nuts, fruit and cranberries sprinkled over the fresh spring greens.
Sweet Salad with Balsamic Fig Dressing. You can see the bits of feta cheese, nuts, fruit and cranberries sprinkled over the fresh spring greens. | Source
4 stars from 4 ratings of Sweet Salad with Balsamic Fig Dressing

Spring at La Vista Farm is a beautiful time of year when the land is green and lush and the produce is bountiful. With the abundance of greens – tender, young and sweet – spring is a perfect time to make this salad.

Crystal, our farmer’s wife, is a natural cook. She instinctively knows just the right combination of ingredients and quantities to make delicious and healthy dishes that satisfy the palate. This salad is one of her favorites and one she frequently makes for our shareholder gatherings.

The U.S. government recommends 2-4 servings of fruit and 3-5 servings of vegetables each day. Pairing greens and fruit together creates a different taste sensation while meeting some of the government’s recommendations.

The ingredients go together easily but the dressing should not be added until you’re ready to serve the salad.


Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves 4
Ingredients for Sweet Salad
Ingredients for Sweet Salad | Source

Ingredients for Sweet Salad

  • 1/2 pound young greens, torn into bite sized pieces
  • 1/2 - 1 apple, sliced thin
  • 1/2 - 1 pear, sliced thin
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup walnuts and/or pecans
  • optional - dried figs and cranberries*
Ingredients for Balsamic Fig Dressing
Ingredients for Balsamic Fig Dressing | Source

Ingredients for Balsamic Fig Dressing

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic or red wine vinegar
  • 1/8 cup water
  • 1/4 cup chopped figs*
  • 1 tsp sugar or maple syrup


  1. Combine salad ingredients in a large bowl
  2. Combine dressing ingredients in a deep bowl. Whisk together until well blended.
  3. Just before serving the salad, pour dressing over the greens and fruit and toss lightly. Garnish with figs and cranberries if desired.


* I couldn’t find figs and substituted dates, which worked fine.


Whisk the dressing ingredients in a small bowl.
Whisk the dressing ingredients in a small bowl. | Source
Store the Balsamic Fig dressing in a pretty pitcher until you're ready to pour it over the Sweet Salad
Store the Balsamic Fig dressing in a pretty pitcher until you're ready to pour it over the Sweet Salad | Source

Tip #1

If it will be a while before you serve the salad, hold off on cutting the fruit until just before serving so they don’t brown. You could also dip the cut edges in lemon juice.

Tip #2

Use kitchen shears to cut dried fruit, not a knife. The shears make the job easier. You can snip the pieces as large or small as you need them.

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What kinds of apples and pears work best in salads?

Consider your recipe when deciding which kind of apple or pear to use. Some apples are best used in baking or making sauces. These types are generally more tart with a firmer flesh. Granny Smith and Rome are two types of apples that do well in pies. Pears such as Concorde and Bosc do well in heated desserts; most other pears can be added to salads. Pears can be substituted in just about any salad that calls for apples.

Pears and apples are good sources of dietary fiber and vitamin C. Pears provide vitamin K and apples are a good source of vitamin A.

About spring greens

We grow a large variety of spring greens and lettuces at La Vista and their health benefits are many. Some of the greens we grow are lollo rosso, mache (lamb’s lettuce), mizuna, oakleaf lettuce and spinach. Greens are a rich source of iron, vitamins C, A and trace minerals such as magnesium that are important for our overall health.

There are so many benefits of eating this salad, why not try it today!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Figs are good for health and you have made the salad very tasty with all your ingredients. Voted up.

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      OMG. I should never look at delicious recipes when I'm hungry. I want to run out an buy all the ingredients to make this salad now. Fantastic looking. Thanks for sharing with us.

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      Jimmie Lanley 4 years ago from Memphis, TN USA

      Oh, yum! Yes! I want to try this one. I adore balsamic vinegar. I think I'll mix up the dressing in my Ninja.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for this recipe, Danette. I enjoy eating salads, especially when they're mixed with fruit and have a tasty dressing. Your recipe is exactly the type of salad that I like to eat! The extra tips that you provide are useful, too.

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      Rosie Rose 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Oh Danette, I love everything about your Sweet Salad with Balsamic Fig Dressing. I love green salad and with feta cheese and the dressing with maple syrup, it is a great combination. Voted up and useful. Cheers!

      Have a nice day,

      Rosie

      P.S. Hey, what da heck happened to the vote up button? lol

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      Stephanie Bradberry 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Your salad sounds delicious. I love a good salad. And during summer I tend to put in more and more fruit items with my salad greens. My new thing is adding different herbs.

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      Lizam1 4 years ago from Victoria BC

      very nice looking salad and one I will try out. Thanks.

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      Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks Vellur, I don't think I've ever used figs (or dates) in a recipe before.

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      Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

      Yes Cyndi, the flavors were great together, the sweet cranberries and the feta cheese with the nuts. All good, Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

      Hi JimmieWriter, glad you liked the dressing - I promise you the salad itself was just as delicious! Thanks for reading

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      Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

      Hi Alicia, glad you found the tips useful. I love salads too although I don't have them very often with fruit. I'm usually in a hurry and just toss the greens in a bowl with a few grape tomatoes.

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      Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

      Hi Rosie, I love feta cheese, it has that slightly salty taste to it. Thanks for the votes! I think they took the vote up button away, come back and rate this salad with some stars if you like it. See you in the Sandpit! :)

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      Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

      Hi StephanieBCrosby, thanks for reading and taking the time to leave a comment. Not sure where you live but I'm in Illinois and the temps are starting to rise so it's a good time for lots of salads. The organic farm I'm a member of grows lots of herbs for us. You'll have to write a hub on what you've been doing with herbs so I can get some ideas too!

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      Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

      Hi Lizam1, thanks for reading and leaving a comment. I hope you do try it out and that you enjoy it.

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      cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

      I would love to dive into this salad right now! I think I know what you'll be making when you come to visit! :)

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      Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

      Ha! I can do that...it'll be my contribution to the visit.

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      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      I love apples in salad, yet have never thought to try pears as you mentioned. This salad looks so delicious - a meal in itself. I am going to make this for sure, especially since my husband and son have been eating feta cheese lately like it's going out of style.

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      Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks ktrapp, I hope you enjoy it!

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Yum-I agree-I will make us an omelette in Michigan, if you make this salad for us and Cara can make those yummy pbj sandwich cookies. :)

      I like the tips you left here about apples and pears.

      Rated up/5

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      Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

      Deal!

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      Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      I'm always on the look-out for new salad recipes and this one looks as delicious as it is healthy.

      Also, your presentation and step by step directions are beautifully presented. That first photo looks like it belongs in a glossy magazine!

      Rated 5 stars and voted up across the board except for funny.

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      Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks Gail! I appreciate the votes up and I hope your summer is going well!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Such a fabulous looking salad with healthy ingredients. This recipe has all the elements of a favorite!

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      Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

      Hi RTalloni. Yes, this salad is pretty to look at and delicious too. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

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      ryanjhoe 4 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

      I always love salad because it's healthy and this one looks delicious too. I would love to try make this one. Thanks for sharing! :)

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      Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks for reading, ryanjhoe. It's easy to make and delicious.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Sounds like a very tasty salad!

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      Danette Watt 2 years ago from Illinois

      Hi Poetryman6969, sorry I just noticed you left a comment here. Thanks! Yes, the salad is very good, I've made it a number of times but can only make it if there will be a party or something because no one at my house will eat it! They just don't know what they're missing. :)

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