Fig and Kale Salad

Kale and Fig Salad, Allyson Kramer

Friends, fig season has officially arrived. That means these adorable fruits will be available for impromptu snacking and adding pizzazz to our dinner tables all the way through December. And, I don’t know about you, but when fig season hits, I react. These perishable fruits are relatively hard to find where I originally come from in the Midwest, as they don’t survive low temps very well and are quite fragile in their own gorgeous skin. Since I’ve been on the East Coast a couple years, and figs seem to be readily available locally, I’ve become quite the fig fanatic. I scoop up a basket whenever I see them and if I don’t get to enjoying the delicate fruits in time, I pull out my trusty dehydrator and make a few snacks for later.

This salad is a lovely blend of full fig flavor and late summertime goodness, taking it a step away from is [oftentimes] Autumnal associations—stuffed into pies, tarts, jams and figgy puddings.
When purchasing figs, try and buy them only if you plan on eating (or dehydrating) them right away. Seek out fully ripened figs that give to gentle pressure with your thumb. Slightly wrinkled skin and small cracks are perfectly fine, but avoid any fruit that is too soft, seeping or oozing. Figs are quite perishable, but you can keep them for one to two days if stored properly–I keep mine in a bowl on my countertop (in full view) to remind me to use them up quickly.


Fig and Kale Salad

Yield: 1 large lunchtime salad or 4 small side salads

  • 115 g kale, (about 3 cups packed) stems removed and cut into large bite sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 ripe–but slightly softened—avocado
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1 small yellow zucchini, diced
  • 2 cups leaves (mixed greens, etc.) of choice: curly endive, arugula, spinach
  • A few fresh figs, your favorite variety, cut into wedges
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed


Place the kale into a large bowl and add in the lemon juice, avocado and sea salt. Using very clean hands, massage the ingredients together until kale is wilted and avocado and salt have been evenly distributed.

Toss in the shredded carrot and zucchini and then add in the 2 cups mixed greens leaves. Gently fold in the figs and flaxseed and eat immediately.

This salad makes a stunning addition to a summertime potluck or dinner party plate.


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10 Responses to Fig and Kale Salad

  1. Sandra says:

    This looks beautiful and sounds delicious!! I’ve just recently got into figs in the past few months, (although its the dehydrated kind, but I absolutely LOVE the sweetness of the fruit, with those gorgeous little crunchy seeds, makes me feel like a kid again eating Fig Newtons!

  2. Kate says:

    Really nice! This looks delicious.

  3. Becky says:

    Beautiful! The problem I have with figs (and most fresh fruit) is that I eat it all before I get a chance to cook with it. Next time I have some figs, I will need to restrain myself!

  4. Mihl says:

    That salad looks great! Here, kale is a winter food and I don’t think I ever saw it in season at the same time as figs. And I think chopped defrosted kale would not be so super awesome;) I think I finally need to start my own garden so I can grow some kale in summer!

  5. I keep seeing figs and not knowing what I’d do with them if I bought them. Now I know :)

  6. Madeleine says:

    I didn’t like figs when I was younger and I haven’t eaten them in a while, but I should definitely give them another try. The salad looks delicious!

  7. I cannot get enough figs! Cannot get enough. When fig season hits- I get just as excited! This salad looks delicious, will be trying soon!

  8. I’m on a cleanse today! That looks like a delish salad I can work with, plus love the ingredient avocado. It provides the creaminess to the salad, total miam!

  9. FoodFeud says:

    This sounds great. I love dried figs but I’ve not yet had a really good fresh one. maybe I’ll keep my eye out. Looks beautiful. It’s been too long since I’ve had a kale salad of any variety.

  10. Maria Tadic says:

    I’ve recently have grown to love figs! My mom has a huge fig tree at home and I never was really into them. But this year I tried one (as i do every year) and it was so amazing. I dont know what changed, but these figs were so sweet but light and floral! OMG – so good! I can’t wait to try this recipe out – I’ve never used figs in a dish yet and I’m excited to try this one!