This recipe for fig, feta and honey salad is somewhere between a dessert and a salad with honey glazed grilled figs over cos lettuce with feta, almonds and a dressing which combines the tartness of balsamic vinegar with lemon with honey.
Serve as a lunch for one or as four side dishes with your favorite meal. A sweet white wine such as Moscato goes really well with this dish.
Continue reading for money saving tips and gluten and dairy free options. There is also a PDF version of this recipe at the end of the post which can be printed or saved to your device to save on paper.
*The Nutrition Facts label above should be used as a guide only. The amounts can change depending on the brands you use. To reduce the fat content always try to buy reduced fat products and lean meat when you can afford it. Look for reduced salt products and low sugar without artificial sugar replacements.
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Gluten and Dairy Free Options
This recipe for fig, feta and honey salad is gluten free. For dairy free either omit the feta or replace it with a lactose free feta. Another option would be to use shaved parmesan instead as some dairy intolerance sufferers can tolerate hard cheeses such as parmesan.
Save money by planting your own fig tree. They grow in many different climates and will produce two crops of figs a year. Ripe figs don’t last long which means they can be expensive to buy at the store. For more information on growing figs, see this Fig Growing Guide.
Figs make wonderful conserve and can be eaten with your cereal for breakfast. Simply cut the fig into bite sized pieces then drizzle honey over the top. Drying figs in the oven is another great method of preserving any excess fruit. Try this guide to Drying Figs.
Cos lettuce is easy to grow from seed and can be grown in pots or in a sheltered part of your garden. For areas with hot summers; cos lettuce grows extremely well under shade cloth. Plant a few seeds every week for a continuous supply all year round. See this guide to Growing Lettuce from Seed.
Balsamic vinegar is more expensive than other types of vinegar however it is worthwhile purchasing a bottle as a little goes a long way and it will keep for a long time when stored in a cool, dark place. It is always cheaper to make up a salad dressing from scratch than buying premade and it will taste better too.
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This guide to Creating Budget Friendly Meals covers everything from planning to making the most of in season vegetables and meat to using raw ingredients to create healthy and nutritious meals which cost less to make. A little forethought can save you a great deal of money over the course of the year.
For more information on growing and preserving food, see this Homesteading guide.
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