Condiments Raw & Fermented Side Dishes

Fig Avocado Salsa
(Gluten Free, Vegan, Paleo)

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Figs are coming into season here in Southern California, and trees all over the neighborhood are absolutely loaded with them. Aren’t fresh figs just gorgeous?

Here is a scrumptious fresh fig recipe to help you enjoy the bounty of these special fruits.

Fig Nutrition

Figs are high in natural and simple sugars, minerals and fiber. They contain good levels of potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and manganese. Dried figs contain an impressive 250mg of calcium per 100g, compared to whole milk with only 118mg.

Fig Selection and Storage

Figs tend to be more popular in their dried form because fresh figs are very delicate and tend to deteriorate quickly. In other words, they don’t ship well at all. When choosing fresh figs, select those which are plump and tender, have a rich, deep color, are free from bruises and are not mushy.

Ripe figs should not be washed until ready to eat and should be kept covered and refrigerated, where they will remain fresh for approximately 2-3 days. Unripe figs should be kept at room temperature and out of direct sunlight. Dried figs will keep best in a sealed jar or package in the fridge.

More Fig Recipes

figs on a branch

Fig and Avocado Salsa

A light refreshing spread perfect for raw veggies, chips, crackers, and even on sandwiches!
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CourseCondiment, Side Dish
CuisinePaleo, Raw Vegan, Vegan
Prep Time15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup figs or 3 cups fresh figs
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 3 medium avocados
  • 3 fresh jalapeños
  • 2-3 medium tomatoes
  • 1 heaping Tbsp. raw honey or to taste
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. coriander
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic

Instructions

  • Dice figs and avocados.
  • Remove the seeds and then dice the tomatoes. (Try to make the fig, avocado and tomato pieces about the same size.)
  • Remove the seeds and ribs, and then mince the jalapeños.
  • Peel and mince the garlic.
  • Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl, add seasonings, and stir gently.
  • Refrigerate several hours to let flavors blend.
  • Enjoy with raw veggies, chips or crackers!
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About the author

Dawn Gifford

Dawn is the creator of Small Footprint Family, and the author of the critically acclaimed Sustainability Starts at Home - How to Save Money While Saving the Planet. After a 20-year career in green building and environmental sustainability, chronic illness forced her to shift her expertise and passion from the public sphere to home and hearth. Get the whole story behind SFF here.

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