Summer Eats: Dried Fig Salad Recipes for Sunny Days

During the summer, keep your cool when it comes to mealtimes with dried fig salad recipes that are easy to make and full of nutrition. We partnered with Mann’s Fresh Vegetables and several of our favorite healthy eating bloggers to show you that with a bag of slaw and a bag of our Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Dried Figs, you can concoct a variety of salads to keep your bowl and belly full this summer.

Dried Fig Salad Recipe with Sweet Dill Dressing and Salmon Skewers

Salmon Dried Fig Salad with Sweet Dill Dressing

When you’re thinking of grilling tonight, grab the skewers! Mahy of Two Purple Figs’ dried fig salad with salmon skewers is a refreshing and abundant salad that would even be great for casual cookouts. No one has to know how easy this salad is! Really, apart from opening the Mann’s Power Blend Superfood Slaw bag and bag of Sun-Maid Calimyrna Dried Figs or Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice Golden Dried Figs, there’s just a bit of chopping, and grilling for your salad with homemade sweet dill dressing. > Get the Recipe

Eat the rainbow with our vegetarian chopped dried fig salad recipe full of vibrant ingredients and tossed in fig tahini dressing.

Vegetarian Chopped Avocado Dried Fig Salad

Power up with this colorful vegetarian chopped dried fig salad that is all about eating the rainbow and feeling vibrant afterwards. Created by Kate of Vegukate, this salad is full of goodness including the Mann’s Power Blend Superfood Slaw (with kale, kohlrabi, Brussels sprouts, Napa cabbage, carrots, and broccoli). The fig tahini dressing made with our Sun-Maid or Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice Mission Dried Figs brings it all together. > Get the Recipe

Tarragon Chicken Salad with Almonds + Figs
Photo and Recipe by Christie of Food + Flair

Tarragon Chicken Salad with Almonds + Figs

If you fall into the camp of chicken salad eaters, have you ever thought about making chicken salad spreadable? That idea and this inventive recipe from Christie at Food + Flair makes a light lunch with our Sun-Maid Calimyrna Dried Figs or Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice Golden Dried Figs that would be good with crackers, in lettuce cups, or scooped onto seedy bread with Mann’s Broccoli Cole Slaw. You could also serve it as an appetizer. > Get the Recipe

Making your own BBQ ranch dressing from scratch is a cinch. Try our BBQ ranch dressing on a Southwest spiced dried fig salad recipe.
Photo and Recipe by Annelies of Eat More Meatless

Southwest Slaw with BBQ Ranch Dressing

What takes a salad from ordinary to extraordinary? The salad dressing is what brings it all together. This vegetarian salad with Sun-Maid or Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice Mission Dried Figs has a hit of Southwest spice and a BBQ ranch dressing that’s a cinch to whisk together. You can serve the toppings in separate bowls, mounded on Mann’s Broccoli Cole Slaw that’s been tossed in dressing or even layered in mason jars. > Get the Recipe

Salad pizza makes everyone happy and this would be an easy recipe for sultry summer nights. This is a dried fig salad recipe the whole family will love with a super easy pizza hack!

Summer Salad Pizza with Figs + Prosciutto

What do you get when you combine salad and pizza? Salad pizza! Michele from Mom Under Pressure offers a great baking hack too, by using canned crescent rolls as the crust covered with a creamy garlic and herb goat cheese and topped with piles of prosciutto, sliced Sun-Maid Mission Dried Figs, and Mann’s Rainbow Salad Slaw. > Get the Recipe

Holyhealth Dried Fig Salad Recipe with Kale Beet Slaw is an easy way to get dinner on the table.

Balsamic Glazed Dried Fig Salad with Salmon and Kale

Fresh strawberries and crumbled feta complete with Mann’s Kale Beet Slaw with Sun-Maid Calimyrna Dried Figs tumble together in this dried fig salad composed by Gal of Holy Health. While the salmon roasts, make your dressing and chop the fruit. Then toss. Simple! > Get the Recipe

More Ideas for Easy Dried Fig Salads

Read on for specific recipes or mix and match as you like. Here are a few extra ideas to chew on:

Our Favorite Healthy Dried Fig Recipes

Incorporating figs into healthy living has deep roots. When you eat figs in healthy dried fig recipes, you join legions of fig lovers throughout history. Did you know the early Olympic athletes used figs as a training food? Figs were also presented as laurels to the winners, becoming the first Olympic “medal.” In Roman times figs were considered to be restorative. They were believed to increase the strength of young people, to maintain the elderly in better health and to make them look younger with fewer wrinkles. –Pliny (52-113 AD).

Today, figs show up as easy snacks to eat out of hand or to incorporate into healthy dried fig recipes. Eating one half cup of figs has as much calcium as drinking one-half cup of milk. They are an excellent source of dietary fiber, and chock full of potassium, iron, and antioxidant-rich. They’re fat-free, cholesterol-free, and sodium-free, helping you meet today’s Dietary Guidelines established by the USDA. And, you don’t have to lean just on dried fig salad recipes to eat well (though we’ve got a bunch of those too!)

At Valley Fig Growers, we aim to be your one-stop shop for Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice and Sun-Maid California Figs and sell them dried in Mission and Golden varieties, as well as fig spreads, chocolate enrobed figs, and even fig paste. You’ll find an incredible collection of recipes using our figs on our website including healthy dried fig recipes, recipes for special occasions, holidays, weeknight dinner ideas, desserts, snacks, and dried fig salad recipes.

We’ve cast a wide net and pulled together healthy dried fig recipes and dried fig salad recipes from around the internet and our website to inspire your home cooking. Share your favorite healthy dried fig recipe or dried fig salad recipe with us in the comments—whether you’re a home cook who finds recipes online or a blogger!

Dried Fig Salad Recipes

Farro & Fig Salad with Maple Tahini Dressing | Le Petit Eats

Farro and Fig Salad with Maple Tahini Dressing by Le Petit Eats
Have you ever eaten farro before? This hearty whole grain adds extra heft to a salad that might otherwise be a side dish. Here, dried figs, toasted walnuts, and goat cheese mix with arugula and an addictive maple tahini dressing. Bring this in parts to a picnic or potluck and toss before eating.

Tuscan Salad with Fig Tahini Dressing | Crumb Top Baking

Tuscan Salad with Fig Tahini Dressing by Crumb Top Baking
When summer is still a ways off, we turn to this salad. Made with kale, canned white beans, kalamata olives, and tomatoes, the secret sauce to this salad is the fig tahini dressing. Also, we love that because the kale is so sturdy, you can toss the salad in advance and it just gets better with time, letting the flavors marinate.

More Ideas for Your Salad Bowl

Beyond the Salad Bowl

Chicken Arugula Quinoa Bowls | The Mediterranean Dish

Chicken Arugula Quinoa Bowls by The Mediterranean Dish
Prep ahead and just assemble right before you eat. Suzy of The Mediterranean Dish even suggested you can buy a rotisserie chicken to make it even easier for lunch or last minute dinner during the work week.

Green Goddess Fig Nourish Bowls | Cotter Crunch

Green Goddess Fig Nourish Bowls by Cotter Crunch
Herby salad dressing teams up with two kinds of greens, spiralized apple, and California dried figs in a gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan meal, making it the kind of light supper or lunch, perfect for oven-free days.

Savory Fig Ricotta Toast | Life, Love, and Good Food

Savory Fig Ricotta Toast by Life, Love, and Good Food
Sometimes you want a light bite either for a snack or even for lunch. This savory fig ricotta toast is your no-bake solution that piles the toppings on high for an open-faced sandwich with arugula, prosciutto, and figs.

More Ideas of Healthy Dried Fig Recipes Beyond the Salad Bowl