There is something about eating healthily that you can feel. It manifests quite tangibly in your body. Strong fingernails, healthy shiny hair. And in your emotions – more positive, more energy, more focused. Healthy for me means eating a constant variety of fresh tasty ingredients, little (almost no) alcohol, almost no caffeinated coffee and being vegetarian. I love the Indian focus on including the six tastes in each meal. There is little take away food in my diet and little processed foods, although my weaknesses are potato chips, corn chips and chocolate.
It does take a focus on food shopping and preparation – the cycles and rhythms of the kitchen – but I can see the difference in those periods where I am eating less fruit and vegetables and more junk food. Thankfully I love to cook.
Now turning our attention to figs.
Figs have an affinity for balsamic vinegar. There is something about that combination. This salad focuses in on that and combines figs with red onion, celery and almonds. It is so good.
Fig and Almond Salad
Prune plums can be used instead of the figs.
Soak sliced figs in balsamic vinegar for a few minutes, then add olive oil, chopped celery and red onion, chopped fresh marjoram or oregano and chopped almonds. Serve on top of or toss with greens for extra goodness.
The figs can be replace with prune plums.