Friday 28 April 2017

Mediterranean fig salad

As Munich has been hit by snow again, just as I was settling into spring, I've been trying to sort through some of my millions of food photos!

I came across this colourful beauty & realised I hadn't yet shared it.

I love figs and this salad is a great way to indulge in their unique taste & texture.

This recipe from BBC Good Food was the basis of my dish which I jazzed up with some artichokes & parma ham.

Simply boil the green beans for a couple of minutes before mixing with the rest of the ingredients (in this case: figs, artichokes, mozzarella balls, basil leaves, parma ham & baby spinach).

Then just whip up a quick dressing from balsamic vinegar, olive oil & fig jam and drizzle over the bowl.
Super easy & tasty!

Whilst figs are a sweet fruit & high in natural sugars they are also a good source of dietary fibre and rich in minerals, including potassium (helps to control blood pressures), calcium (promotes boned density), copper & magnesium, as well as vitamins K & B6.

They also contain powerful antioxidants that neutralise free radicals in your body & fight disease.

In studies, fruit fibre has shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women, as well as helping to regulate your digestive system.

And, as with most fruits, eating 3 or more servings per day may lower your risk of age-related macular degeneration (the main cause of vision loss in the elderly), according to Ophthalmology experts.

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