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

I have a dietitian confession to make…

Until a year ago, my only experience with figs was in the form of Fig Newtons.

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

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

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

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 that you might become a convert like me!

How to Eat Fresh Figs | 4 Delicious Ways!

1. Fresh Fig Bruschetta with Goat Cheese & 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; I promise they will devour it!

2. 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

3. Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Grapes & Fresh Figs

Image by Abbey at Abbey’s Kitchen.

This balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts recipe from Abbey’s Kitchen is another delicious way to enjoy 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

4. 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 the nutritional benefits of fresh figs.

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 that 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

This is not a recipe per se, so 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 is 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!

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47 Comments

  1. I haven’t had figs in the longest time…these look so good! <3

  2. 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. ):

  3. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com says:

    I’ve never tried ham and figs before. It’s looks so delicious 🙂

  4. Lauren Slayton says:

    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.

  5. SImply Life says:

    oh wow! everything is just beautiful! this looks so good and your photos are just outstanding!

    1. EA-The spicy rd says:

      Thanks so much!!!

  6. Evelyne@cheapethniceatz says:

    A fresh very ripe fig is amazing, if it is not totally ripe I can see how someone would feel the same. Good on you for still presenting us these recipes. The sandwich looks brilliant.

    1. EA-The spicy rd says:

      Thanks so much Evelyn! I’m so glad I perservered too 🙂

  7. amy @ fearless homemaker says:

    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!

    1. EA-The spicy rd says:

      Aww…thanks Amy! I do like ham, but don’t buy it often so the sandwich was a delicious treat!

  8. Gina (The Candid RD) says:

    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.

    1. EA-The spicy rd says:

      Happy to share the recipes! Would love to know what you make with dried figs Gina 🙂

  9. Kristen (swanky dietitian) says:

    I love figs!!
    These both look amazing! I will be making this fig appetizer for the next fall party I have. It is just too cute and delicious looking not to! Figs on top of figs..can’t beat that! 😉

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Aww…love that you called my figgy appetizer cute 🙂

  10. Melanie @ Nutritious Eats says:

    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. 🙂

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Love the idea of adding figs to salad for some extra nutrition. Thanks Melanie!

  11. 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!

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks so much Becky! I definitely am motivated to experiment with dried figs now too! Happy #figlove!!

  12. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies says:

    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. The Spicy RD says:

      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!

  13. The Spicy RD says:

    I tell ya’, I almost came up with a gluten-free fig newton recipe, because those were some of my favorite cookies as a kid 🙂 Love the Stonewall Kitchen products!

  14. The Spicy RD says:

    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!

  15. This looks wonderful! I will have to try it.

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks Shelia-I hope you do!!

  16. teri@managedmacros says:

    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!

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Ooo…fig butter sounds yummy! Glad you’re a fan of Sam I Am too 🙂

  17. Alysa (InspiredRD) says:

    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!

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      OK-now I’m totally craving a slice of your gluten-free fig and date tart! Is the recipe on your blog???

  18. Deanna Segrave-Daly says:

    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!

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks so much Deanna! Yes, I am one of those people who needs to be cleared of any guilt 🙂 Hope you’re having fun at FNCE!

  19. angela@spinachtiger says:

    Bravo to this. That has to be the best ham sandwich I’ve ever seen. I buy fig spread to. I use it for all kinds of things, even making salad dressing. Beautiful photos.

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks so much Angela! I can’t wait to try your Roast Chicken with figs-it looks divine!

  20. These look really great, I always love your photography skills, and these look so delicious!

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks so much TR, and a big thanks for being our #figlove head host 🙂

  21. 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.

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks Valerie, and I am SO with you on loving sweet/salty combos!

  22. Laura West Kong says:

    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. The Spicy RD says:

      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!!

  23. Helena / Rico sin Azúcar says:

    Susan, both recipes are delicious! love these ham loavesand those fig&cheese bites, really good!

    Sending you loads of #figlove 😉

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks Helena-sending #figlove right back atcha!

  24. kellie@foodtoglow says:

    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.

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Funny, I was actually on the lookout for black figs, but none were to be found. OK-now I’m really curious…What’s a Cobnut???

  25. foodwanderings says:

    Love this post EA. Wasn’t cheating, really! 🙂 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! 🙂

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Love your fig chuntney Shulie & imagine it would be quite tasty with this sandwich. Thank for making me feel like I’m not a cheat 🙂

  26. The Wimpy Vegetarian says:

    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 🙂

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Love what you say! So, true, it’s definitely the friends that make the difference in all things!