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Recipes Fresh From The Farm

Apple & Pear Salad with Fig Vinaigrette

Mei Ibach, Market Chef

Serves 8

Market Chef Mei Ibach did this salad at the Windsor Certified Farmers Market on Sunday, October 7, 2012. I'm sure it was an overwhelming success ... what a wonderful combination of flavors.

  • 3 C. mixed savory greens, such as arugula, watercress, tat tsoi, endive
  • 2 apples, preferably Gala or tart, crisp varietals
  • 2 ripe pears, sliced in wedges
  • 1 medium fennel bulb, thinly sliced vertically
  • 1/2 C. lightly toasted pecan halves
  • Fig Vinaigrette (recipe follows)

To serve, divide the greens among well-chilled plates. Arrange the apple, pear, and fennel on and around the greens. Sprinkle with pecan halves. Drizzle some of the fig vinaigrette over all.


  • 1 C. fresh figs or 2/3 C. dried figs
  • 1/2 C. water
  • 1/2 C. dry white wine
  • 1/2 C. apple juice or cider
  • 2 t. minced fresh thyme
  • 2 t. toasted black mustard seed
  • 1-1/2 T. minced shallots
  • 1/4 C. sherry vinegar
  • 1/3 C. olive oil
  • Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper

In a saucepan, combine 1/3 cup of the dried figs with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat & simmer, covered until the figs are soft, about 5 minutes. Cool. Pour the fig mixture into a blender or food processor and puree. Transfer to a medium bowl. Whisk in the wine, apple juice, thyme, mustard seeds, shallots, vinegar & olive oil. Season with salt & pepper to taste. Stir in the remaining figs.