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  1. My co-worker has a flourishing fig tree in her yard and has been bringing in quarts (!) of figs everyday. This salad is absolutely beautiful and I can’t wait to put my new found figs to good use!

    • Elizabeth

      Kelli, Lucky! There’s really nothing like an abundance of figs. And I secretly love how hard they can be to find. It just doesn’t get better than homegrown.

  2. Such a cool looking salad! I love the cantaloupe in there – yum!

  3. totally loving all these lovely flavors going on here, especially imagining what the figs taste like with a cream garlic-lime dressing! total yum!

  4. Oh, I envy people with their own fruit trees! :D

    This salad is marvelous, Elizabeth – I should eat figs in savory dishes more often.

  5. The color in this salad is incredible! I have never had fresh figs, as I just don’t think they are available in the interior of British Columbia. So I might just try this with dried figs (I know, I know, not the same).
    Beautiful photos, by the way!

  6. I love figs! This salad sounds incredible.

  7. BarbinDC

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe! I made it yesterday for a “Goodbye to Summer” dinner for my neighbors. I had some beautiful figs from Trader Joe’s and just googled for a recipe and yours came up. Picked up the rest of the ingredients from the farmers market and went to town. Made the dressing in advance and prepped the rest of the stuff the night before and just assembled it all at the last minute. It was a real hit with everybody and I have enough ingredients left over to make it again this weekend. Thanks again!

    • Elizabeth

      Hi Barb, Your comment made my day! I can’t tell you how happy it makes me that you made and loved this recipe. It’s definitely a summer fave for us. Thanks!

  8. Yum! I love figs and watercress together. Beautiful photos!

  9. Bryan F.

    In a cruel twist of fate, I couldn’t find figs at the grocer. I instead went a little bit more summery than perhaps intended by replacing the figs with avocados and upping the lime a bit in the dressing. I also added grilled shrimp as a protein topper. It was a big hit. Otherwise the recipe was left in tact. Can’t wait to try it as intended.


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  2. […] Make a variety of easy salads with produce that is overflowing at the farmers market, and whatever fresh ingredients you might have already. These salad starters can be made beforehand, and then just tossed with greens and dressing the day of. Highlight special produce, like figs in this salad with cantaloupe. […]

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