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Thursday
Sep132012

No-Fat Fig Sauce

Whirl up this fig sauce to use as a no-fat salad dressing or spread. In the picture below, it's shown tossed with bok choy, carrots, and chickpeas with Mission, Kadota, and Brown Turkey figs for a complete lunch.

main-course salad with fresh figs, no-fat fig dressing, bok choy, carrots, and chickpeas

No-Fat Fig Sauce

Active time: 2 minutes. Total time: 2 minutes 4 servings. Oil free, vegan.

Ingredients

Method

  1. Remove stems from figs. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Process until smooth.
  2. Taste and adjust seasonings. Refrigerate any extra for up to four days or freeze.

fig spread made with fresh figs, balsamic vinegar, chipotle hot sauce, and chickpea broth in a food processor

Tips

  • If you don't have chickpea broth, use a tablespoon of chickpeas and three tablespoons of water instead.
  • Of the three types of figs above, my favorite for this sauce is Mission. I grow the other two already, but will be adding a Mission fig tree soon.
  • Figs might seem like a luxury, but they are one of the easiest fruits to grow organically at home. They also don't travel or keep well. I found these organic figs at Whole Foods Market for $3.95 a pound, marked down from $10.95! I'm going to buy more so I can make fig sauce to freeze for the winter and as gifts.
  • Balsamic vinegar doesn't appear in Cook for Good recipes. This sauce scrimps by not using expensive olive oil, so it splurges on figs.

Reader Comments (1)

Great article about the health benefits of figs: a nearly perfect fruit high in calcium, potassium, and more.

Sep 16, 2012 | Registered CommenterLinda Watson
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