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How to Eat Fresh Figs

Ever wondered how to eat fresh figs? You’ll love these 5 easy, tasty recipes featuring fresh figs and other nourishing ingredients!

how to eat fresh fig - figs on a wooden cutting board with walnuts and arugula

I have a dietitian confession to make…

Up until a year ago, my only experience with figs had been in the form of Fig Newtons.

And, the first time I finally tried a fresh fig, it didn’t live up to my expectations.

To me, figs have always had such an exotic and mysterious allure about them, that when I finally bit in to my first fresh fig, it was meh-kind of blah tasting.

how to eat fresh figs - whole and cut up green figs.

But, rarely a quitter, I decided to try fresh figs again, and this time they didn’t disappoint!

And, I thought some of you might be fresh fig haters too, so I thought I would share some delicious ways how to eat fresh figs, so you might become a convert like me!

How to Eat Fresh Figs | 5 Delicious Ways!

1. Fresh Fig Bruschetta with Goat Cheese & Toasted Nuts

how to eat fresh figs - fresh fig topped with goat cheese, fig preserves, and  toasted nuts

This Fresh Fig Bruschetta is SO easy, I figured I didn’t need to put it into a proper recipe format for you. All you need to do is slice fresh figs (with the skin on!), top ’em with goat cheese, a little fig spread (optional), and toasted pecan and almonds. Make this easy appetizer for your guests, and I promise you, they will devour it!

2. Grilled Fig Quinoa Salad

Image by Stephanie at Grateful Grazer.

This gorgeous quinoa salad topped with grilled fresh figs from Grateful Grazer, is a delicious end-of-summer or early fall side dish or light meal. Get the recipe: Grilled Fig Quinoa Salad.

3. Fresh Fig Greek Yogurt Smoothie

Image by Aggie at Aggie’s Kitchen.

It doesn’t get much easier than this Fresh Fig Greek Yogurt Smoothie from Aggies Kitchen. All you need are Greek yogurt, banana, ice, honey, and yummy fresh figs! Get the recipe: Fresh Fig Greek Yogurt Smoothie

4. Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Grapes & Fresh Figs

Image by Abbey at Abbey’s Kitchen.

This recipe for balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts from Abbey’s Kitchen is another delicious way to enjoy cooked fresh figs. It’s pretty enough for a holiday dish, and easy enough for a weeknight autumn meal. Get the recipe: Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Grapes & Figs

5. Warm Maple Fig & Beet Kale Salad

Image by Kristina at Fork in The Road

You make this fresh fig salad from Fork in the Road, warm or cold. It’s a hearty and super nourishing green superfood salad with beets, fresh figs, white beans, and goat cheese-perfect for an entree or easy side dish! Get the recipe: Warm Maple Fig and Beet Kale Salad

Are fresh figs good for you?

In addition to learning how to eat fresh figs, you probably want to know what the nutrition benefits of fresh figs are.

Fresh Fig Nutrition Benefits

In addition to being delicious, fresh figs are good for you too! Key nutrients include: Fiber (essential for a healthy gut microbiome), vitamin B6 , calcium, and copper. In addition, figs provide antioxidants which help mop up cell damaging free radicals.

Fresh figs are also a big part of the Mediterranean diet which you can learn more about here: The Best Gluten Free Mediterranean Diet Recipe for Your Health

And, just in case I haven’t convinced you to try fresh figs (boo hoo!), here’s a delicious recipe featuring fig preserves. Enjoy!

Figgy Ham Sandwich with Manchego & Arugula

ham sandwich with fig preserves, Manchego, and arugula
This is not a recipe per se, so just follow along with the simple instructions…
  1. Start with your gluten free bread of choice, toasted,  and slather on a generous amount of fig preserves.
  2. Top it off with ham. Or, for a vegetarian version, no ham necessary!
  3. Add Manchego cheese, sliced thin.
  4. And, finally, add your greens {peppery arugula works well}, plus a toast topper and there you have it…A delicious figgy ham sandwich!
fig preserves
Let’s Chat! Did you learn anything new about how to eat fresh figs? Have you tried fresh figs before? Which one of these recipes will you try first?

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47 thoughts on “How to Eat Fresh Figs”

  1. Wow! Love, love the fresh figs plus fig preserves plus cheese idea…who’d a thought fresh + preserved are such a great combo. You’re brilliant! Just wish I coulda gotten fresh figs this year in Chicago. I chased them down at an Itaian grocer where I got last year…and at TJ’s…but all produce men said the didn’t survive trip from Cali this year. ):

  2. I’m so with you, was not a fresh fig person until recently (darker ones). They were blah and not as exciting as everyone says. Your sandwich? OMG- I want it now, who’s chia/millet GF bread is that? Love ham and I think I’d love the cheese/fig bites. So happy you cheated.

  3. I love fig spread, so that sandwich looks divine to me! I actually am not the biggest ham fan, but your picture makes it look absolutely mouth-watering. I bet the flavor combination of everything on that sandwich is just wonderful!

  4. Oh I LOVE figs!! I especially like them dried though, rather than fresh (unless you turn them into something fun like you did). I am like you in that I only ever had fig newtons growing up, not real figs, but I was happy when I finally did!! I love them. Thanks for the creative recipes.

  5. Oh wow- the sandwich and appetizer both look amazing. I love simple-to-make but impressive-to-eat apps like this one. I do love figs I just don’t do much with them beyond add them to salads, although I did make an easy fig jam last year. πŸ™‚

  6. EA,

    I guess that figs, and goat cheese, or cheese in general just go together Love both of your reipes with the cheese and figs.. I had trouble in finding good fresh figs and opted for the dried Black Mission figs. the dried Black Mission figs were wonderful, once they were re-hydrated, so sweet and sticky!

  7. Gorgeous photos! I had never tried figs and when everyone was blogging about them recently, I decided that I must be missing out so i bought some. Oh, they were awful! I’m guessing maybe they weren’t good. They tasted like mold and mustiness and ick. I guess maybe I should try making something with them instead of eating them straight!

    1. LOL! Glad I’m not the only one “less than enchanted” when 1st tasting figs. Definitely try them with the goat cheese, nuts, and fig spread. You will not be disappointed!

  8. I know Terra…I guess that’s what led to my initial disappointment. But I’m glad I perservered, and now I have so many other fabulous ideas to try from my #figlove co-hosts. Hugs to you too!

  9. I have never tried fresh figs…only the preserves and the butter, which BTW I am a BIG fan of. I love your creativity and your beautiful beautiful pics. I am going to come back to his post next month to try out some of these fig recipes. Your Sam I Am moment is genius!

  10. Oh yum! I had never tried fresh figs before last year when we got them in our co-op basket. I made a gluten-free tart with fresh figs and dates (the dates were fresh from the trees across the street). I love the delicate flavor, and now I need to go find some more to make these treats!

  11. Hee hee – totally enjoyed this post and thankful that your “guilt” paid off to us readers getting TWO great fig recipe ideas from ya! I agree – I love fresh figs but they always need to be paired with nuts & cheese (and even bacon in some cases) So fun to share the #figlove with ya – missing you at FNCE!

  12. I’m going to prepare that sandwich, I love sweet/salty dishes. And your pictures are also really nice, I love the one with the sandwich and jam pot on back.

  13. I love fresh figs! Black and even green. They have to be good and ripe though. Their honey-sweetness doesn’t really develops until they’re soft. Dried figs are a great flavorful dessert sweetener and portable snack as well.

    I’ll try to whip up a fun autumny fig recipe for you.

    1. These green figs were actually quite soft and ripe, but from what I’ve read, they have a much subtler flavor. Still, they were perfect for “holding” the goat cheese, nuts & fig preserves. Can’t wait for you autumny fig recipe!!

  14. I LOVE figs. When I lived in Florida I had never tasted a fresh fig. Never saw one to my knowledge (this was pre-90s). But funnily enough living in the UK we get loads of luscious black figs when in season. Usually from Turkey, but we grow them here too. I like your sandwich idea – nice and easy. Try to find black ones; they are really so much nicer than the green ones (sorry green ones!). Fig jam and fig chutney (with tamarind) are top spreads in my house (liven up a plain cheese sandwich no end). I hope to post a fig, plum and cobnut salad soon and will pop it into the round-up.

  15. Love this post EA. Wasn’t cheating, really! πŸ™‚ I love fresh figs but here this recent batch was the tastiest I’ve gotten in years. Yours looks beautifully plump. My husband’s family on the other hand only figs they knew were fig newtons though J is probably more of a fresh, dried or as a jam, fig aficionado than I. I am in fact planning on making a fig chutney panini as an easy dinner tonight, similar to your sandwich! πŸ™‚

  16. Figs without friends can definitely be underwhelming in flavor and texture. in my book, it’s the friends that make the difference – just like in life – like the other stuff in the jam, and in the sandwich. This is a great way to use up some of my fig preserves in the frig! Thanks for the idea πŸ™‚

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