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If you’ve never tried a fresh fig, this is a great place to start! Chewy, smooth, crunchy, and sweet, they’re a real treat in season. A great source of fiber, and rich in antioxidants. They pair well with pears in this new take on the fruit salad. 

Fresh Fig Salad with Watercress, Pears and Pecans

Here’s an easy way to prepare watercress: Cut off the bottom third of the stems and discard; transfer the watercress to a bowl of cold water and wash well. Drain and pat dry with paper towels.

Serves 4

  • 2 ripe Anjou pears, cut in half, cored and cut into ¼ inch dice. (I prefer to leave the skin on for the contrast in color and added nutrients)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 8 Black Mission figs; stems trimmed, figs cut lengthwise into eighths
  • 2 heads watercress, washed
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

In a large bowl toss together the diced pears and lemon juice (While adding citrus to the dressing, the acid in the lemon juice will help prevent the pears from oxidizing).

Add the figs, watercress, pecans and olive oil to pears and toss together to combine.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.