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  • Grilled Potato and Fig Salad with Maple-Almond Clusters

Grilled Potato and Fig Salad with Maple-Almond Clusters

Posted on July 17, 2017

This post was originally published here on August 29, 2014. It’s a favorite recipe of mine, so I thought it was worth re-visiting with new and improved photos. I hope you try it out!

I have been in a MEGA salad mood these past couple of weeks. Like, I literally can’t stop eating salads. They’re all I want. All day. Every day.

I’ve always been a big salad eater. But you know how there are some days when you’re just eating a salad because you feel like you’re suppose too be. Like, maybe you’re trying to erase some poor choices from the day before. Yeah. I’ve had my fair share of those moments (most recently, this past Saturday). I think we all have.

But lately, I don’t feel like that at all. My appetite for salads has been insatiable. Luckily for me, there is an overwhelming amount of delectable Summer produce available right now. So feeding my salad desires has never been so easy. Or delicious.

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This Grilled Potato and Fig Salad with Maple-Almond Clusters has been a favorite recipe of mine for years now. And it’s currently making it’s way back into heavy rotation. I’m literally obsessed with this salad. And as long as I can reliably find fresh figs at the grocery story, that obsession will continue. Fig season is SO SHORT (which pains me greatly). So when they are around, you know damn straight I’m taking advantage of them in every way possible.

I’m also taking advantage of my grill while the weather allows, grilling both the potatoes and the figs for this recipe. The potatoes do require a little pre-cooking, which helps them to cook evenly on your grill without burning. But it’s worth the extra step. Because everything tastes better from the grill. Even salads.

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I find that I don’t need much in the way of dressing for this salad. Just a drizzle of reduced balsamic vinegar is plenty for me. But you can add some extra-virgin olive oil, if desired.

Beware these maple-almond clusters. They are pretty much like crack. CRACK I tell you! It takes a lot of willpower not to eat (demolish?) the entire batch in one sitting. You might want to just go right ahead and double the recipe, so you have enough for nibbling on and for topping this salad. Trust me when I say they are highly addicting.

Cheers,

Liz

Grilled Potato and Fig Salad with Maple-Almond Clusters

Serves 4

Grilled Potato and Fig Salad with Maple-Almond Clusters

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup, divided
  • 1/4 tsp. salt, plus more for finishing the salad
  • 1.5 lbs fingerling potatoes
  • 16 fresh figs, cut in half lengthwise
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 6-8 cups arugula
  • 4 ounces crumbled goat cheese
  • Black pepper

Instructions

  1. Make the maple-almond clusters. In a dry skillet over medium heat, toast the almonds until they become fragrant and have started to brown slightly, about 2 minutes. Watch them carefully and stir frequently so they don’t burn. Add in 1 1/2 tablespoons of the maple syrup and 1/4 tsp. of salt, stirring until the almonds are well coated. Remove the skillet from the heat and spread the almonds out onto a parchment-paper lined baking sheet. Set aside to cool.
  2. Cook the potatoes. Place the potatoes in a large saucepan and cover them with 1-2 inches of cold water. Place the saucepan over medium-high heat and bring the water to a boil. Then reduce the temperature to maintain a simmer and cook the potatoes, uncovered, until they are just fork tender, about 10-15 minutes. Be careful not to overcook the potatoes because you want them to maintain their shape for grilling. Drain the potatoes and set them aside to cool slightly. Once they are cool enough to handle, slice the potatoes in half lengthwise.
  3. Pre-heat your grill to medium-high. In a large bowl, gently toss the potatoes in about 2 tablespoons of olive oil. In a separate bowl, gently toss the figs in about 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Grill the potatoes and the figs, placing them directly on the grill grates. The potatoes take about 2-3 minutes per side. The figs are more fragile and will only take about 1 minute per side. Remove the potatoes and figs from the grill and place them on a large plate or baking sheet.
  4. To make the dressing, combine the balsamic vinegar and the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of maple syrup in a small heavy bottom saucepan over medium-high heat. Simmer until the balsamic vinegar is reduced to about 1/3 of a cup, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  5. Assemble the salads. Divide the arugula evenly between 4 plates. Top with the grilled potatoes, grilled figs, goat cheese and the maple-almond clusters. Drizzle with the balsamic reduction and sprinkle with a pinch of salt and black pepper. Enjoy immediately.
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  • Cherry-Rhubarb Pie Bars

Cherry-Rhubarb Pie Bars

Posted on June 5, 2017
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Because it’s Monday, I think we deserve a slice of homemade pie.

But, ideally, without all the actual work of having to make a pie.

So here I am today, proposing to you that we indulge our sweet tooth with these Cherry-Rhubarb Pie Bars instead. I hope you say “yes”.

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Kind of like a cross between a fruit pie and a shortbread tart, these Cherry-Rhubarb Pie Bars might just be my new favorite Summer dessert (at least until I find my next favorite dessert). Sweet. But not overly so. With a good mix of textures to keep each bite interesting. AND they turned out to be the most perfect shade of pink (#millenialpink). Obviously, I’m feeling all the feels over these babies.

I also can’t stress enough how easy these are to prepare. No rolling, chilling or crimping required. And the fact that this recipe feeds a crowd (you get a whole 9 X 13-inch pan), makes these treats ideal for backyard gatherings and poolside parties. Or toss a couple in your picnic basket and get your butt to the beach. You’ll be glad you did!

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As it turns out, rhubarb and cherries are a pretty good pairing. I’ve done the classic rhubarb + strawberries many times. And last year I played with rhubarb + raspberries. But this was my first time adding cherries to the equation. I’m not sure why I never thought to do that before. It seems kind of obvious to me now. But there is no sense in lamenting about the past. Instead, I’m excited to move forward and explore this combination in other recipes. And with cherry season on the horizon, now is the perfect time to do just that.

I also tried using pistachio meal for the first time (which I just made myself by finely grinding shelled pistachios in my food processor) instead of almond or hazelnut meal, which I typically reach for when baking. The pistachio meal compliments the rhubarb and cherries nicely. And I encourage you to give it a try. But if you’re not feeling it, you can substitute it with something else. These pie bars are very forgiving.

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I’m sharing these Cherry-Rhubarb Pie Bars as part of our monthly Eat Seasonal round-up organized by Becky from Vintage Mixer. At the start of each month, myself and some of my blogging friends create new recipes (links below!) highlighting all the wonderful fruits and vegetables that are currently in season. Additionally, Becky posts an extensive list of recipe suggestions over on her monthly seasonal eating guide. I hope you check them all out and find some inspiration for the month of June. As you can see from the image below, we were all in a bit of a “pink” mood!

Cheers,

Liz

Recipe adapted from my Blueberry-Thyme Pie Bars

Cherry-Rhubarb Pie Bars

Yield: Makes one 9 X 13 pan

Cherry-Rhubarb Pie Bars

Ingredients

  • For the Crust and Topping
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup finely ground pistachios
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 cup (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

  • For the Filling
  • 2 cups sliced rhubarb
  • 2 cups cherry halves (stemmed and pitted)
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9 X 13-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In your food processor with the blade attachment, pulse together the flours, sugar, baking powder, salt and lemon zest. Add the butter, egg and vanilla extract. Pulse until the dough resembles a course meal. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, toss together the rhubarb, cherries, corn starch and lemon juice. Set aside.
  4. Transfer about two-thirds of the dough into your prepared baking pan. Using your hands, press it down firmly into an even layer. Then spread the fruit mixture in a single layer over top. Sprinkle the remaining dough over the fruit.
  5. Transfer the baking pan to your pre-heated oven and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool completely before slicing and serving.
  6. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator for 2-3 days.
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June Eat Seasonal Recipes

June Eat Seasonal Recipes

Rhubarb & Orange Frangipane Galette by Simple Bites

Roasted Strawberry Yogurt Pops by Completely Delicious

Greek Three Bean Salad by Flavor the Moments

Chunky Citrus Guacamole by Foodie Crush

Strawberry Lime Chopped Salad by Vintage Mixer

Minty Sweet Pea Hummus by She Likes Food

Simply Strawberry Pie by Joy Food Sunshine

French Green Lentil and Quinoa Salad by Letty’s Kitchen

Cherry Rolls by Kitchen Confidante

Pimento Cheese Spread w/ Pickled Green Garlic, Radishes and Rhubarb by Food for My Family

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