Fig and Apricot Summer Lentil Salad | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Relish fig and apricot season with this summer salad!

Simple Sundays | Fig and Apricot Summer Lentil Salad

Fig and Apricot Summer Lentil Salad | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Relish fig and apricot season with this summer salad!
Simple Sundays | Fig and Apricot Summer Lentil Salad

Some of my favorite summer fruits shine in this wholesome Fig and Apricot Summer Lentil Salad.

Fig and Apricot Summer Lentil Salad | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Some of my favorite summer fruits in a wholesome salad.

I can’t quite explain it, but for some odd reason, when I come home from the farmer’s market, I treat my haul with more reverence than the food I bring home from a visit to the grocery store. They feel precious to me, to be treated with care. Summer berries from the store can go into crisps and galettes, yet when I hold pintfuls of berries in my hand from the farmer’s market, I cringe at the thought of doing nothing more than eating them plain. Is it because I carefully picked each one, and chatted with the farmer who harvested them for us to enjoy? Is it because my daughter carefully inspected each pluot to her liking? What is it that makes me want to put this fruit on a pedestal and do it justice?

This weekend’s trip to the farmer’s market is always my favorite – because it is the first weekend we see my favorite apricots, and also because I was reunited with my beloved figs. These two fruits I treat especially with care, since the seasons are so fleeting; to do much more than rinse and eat almost seems like a crime. But when we get home from the market, I am hungry, and I can’t resist putting them into something wholesome, something that won’t make me feel guilty, something that is worthy of my cherished market haul.

Fig and Apricot Summer Lentil Salad | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Sweet summer figs are such a treat in this savory salad.

Fig and Apricot Summer Lentil Salad | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Nutrient rich lentils dressed in a light vinaigrette pair with some of my favorite summer fruits in a hearty salad.

I do have a standby from Trader Joe’s that comes in handy for this kind of occasion. Their cooked lentils are a convenience I will keep on hand – they’re great for lentil bolognese, creamy soups, stuffed peppers, and better for you chili. And when you dress them with an easy vinaigrette, toss in some salty feta and crunchy almonds, they’re the perfect bed for sweet figs and apricots to rest. This was my lunch after the market, and I didn’t feel guilty one bit – I felt like I treated my haul very fairly indeed.

Fig and Apricot Summer Lentil Salad | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Relish fig and apricot season with this summer salad!

Fig and Apricot Summer Lentil Salad

Serves 4-6 | Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 5 minutes

Relish fig and apricot season with this wholesome summer salad!

Ingredients

2 cups cooked lentils

4 cups baby spinach

3 tablespoons sherry vinegar

3/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/4 teaspoon honey

1/4 cup good olive oil

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

3 oz crumbled feta cheese

1/4 cup almonds (if you have Marcona almonds, they're wonderful here)

6 apricots (I used CandyCots - a treat if you can get your hands on them), pitted and sliced

4 large figs (such as Black Mission figs), stems trimmed and figs quartered

Instructions

In a large bowl, toss together the lentils and baby spinach. Whisk together the sherry vinegar, Dijon mustard and honey. Once combined, gradually add the olive oil while mixing. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Use about half of the dressing to dress the lentil and spinach, and gently toss to coat. Stir in the feta cheese and almonds.

Divide the lentil mixture into serving bowls and top with apricot and fig slices. Drizzle with additional dressing. Serve immediately.

Comments

  1. Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet}

    Beautiful salad Liren!  I actually feel the same way when I come home from the farmer’s market.  Fruit and veggies on a pedestal is a perfect way to say it.  I treat them more special that the ones from the regular store.  All I can say, is you make your farmer’s market haul very proud!  Cheers!!

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  2. Jennifer @ The Foodie Patootie

    I said it on Instagram too, but I feel the need to say it again. Those figs are so gorgeous. I feel the same way you do with fresh produce from the farmer’s market. It’s a beautiful thing to be able to support local farmers and also take such great care of their product. I’m going to feature your salad in a roundup I’m creating for Foodie.com! 

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  3. Liz+@+Floating+Kitchen

    This is a gorgeous salad, Liren. And I totally agree with you about the farmers markets hauls. Great care must be taken! I’m happy figs are back (and rainier cherries too = my fav!). 

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  4. Liz

    Fingers crossed I can find some fresh apricots at our farmers’ market! This is one gorgeous, irresistible salad!

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  5. Smith. D

    If i say’s one word this salad made me crazy with its taste. I absolutely feel the way you found the product from the farmers market. Thank you for sharing for this recipe in this summer session.

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  6. Mindy

    Haha, I’m the same way with farmers market produce.  It’s like rare gems.  This sounds delicious.

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