This vibrant salad is a harmonious blend of peppery arugula leaves, succulent figs, and crunchy pine nuts, tossed together with a sweet and tangy dressing. The addition of nutritional yeast imparts a subtle cheesy depth to the flavors, while a drizzle of honey and balsamic vinegar adds the perfect balance of sweetness and acidity. A delightful combination of textures and tastes, this salad is as nutritious as it is delicious.
It is the first recipe I’ve made from The Hormone Healing Cookbook by Alan Christianson, NMD. On loan from my local public library, it contains 80+ recipes to balance hormones and treat fatigue, brain fog, insomnia and more.
According to Dr. Christianson, figs might just be the forgotten food. Studies have shown that figs can significantly reduce the frequency and severity of hot flashes. Who knew? One of the active compounds in figs is 7-methoxycoumarin (MC). Like estrogen it can reduce hot flashes and heal the vaginal lining. Unlike estrogen, it is safe even in amounts thousands of times above what’s found in food.
Figs have other well documented benefits to human health. Among fruits and vegetables, they are among the richest sources of minerals, supplying substantial amounts of calcium, iron and potassium.
How Many Calories and Weight Watchers Points in this Fig Arugula Salad Recipe?
3 cups arugula leaves
4 figs, fresh or dried, stemmed and sliced lengthwise into quarters
1 teaspoon non-fortified nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon pine nuts
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1-½ teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
How to Make Easy Fig Arugula Salad
Step 1: Gather and prep your ingredients
Step 2: In a large bowl whisk together the honey, balsamic vinegar and olive oil
Step 3: Add all remaining ingredients into the bowl and toss well until well combined and coated with the dressing.
The recipe was originally developed to make four servings but I decreased it to 2.
I used fresh figs, but dried figs will also work, although they will increase the Weight Watchers Points slightly.
According to The Hormone Healing Cookbook you’ll want to serve this salad with a protein for a complete meal. Any of these would work well:
Grilled Chicken 27 Ways
Slow Cooker Rosemary Chicken
Simple Baked Lemon Chicken Thighs
Miso Glazed Pork Tenderloin
WW Marinated Grilled Flank Steak
Easy Baked Fish with Lemon & Herbs
Spicy Garlic Shrimp
Make Ahead Western Omelet Muffins
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Fig Arugula Salad
5 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
Recipe source: adapted from The Hormone Healing Cookbook by Alan Christianson NMD
*Points® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan’s ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
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