Fennel, Fig and Arugula Salad

Fennel, Fig and Arugula Salad | My Engineered Nutrition

Fennel, fig and arugula - oh my! If you follow me on Instagram  (and if you don't...then what are you waiting for?) you KNOW I'm already loving fig season.

I decided I needed a recipe where FIGS were the star. This salad is so simple, but it allows you to appreciate the natural goodness of the ingredients. I absolutely love arugula in my salads. It is peppery and crisp! I add a bit more volume to the salad with baby kale - not as harsh and fibrous as standard kale. It is lovely and delicate in salads and provides a great balance to your mix of greens. 

Fennel, Fig and Arugula Salad | My Engineered Nutrition

Next let's talk salad toppings. Raw fennel bulb adds crunch with a subtle sweetness and provides a hint of licorice to the salad. Figs add such a great texture and flavor to this salad. I'm using Black Mission Figs in this salad, but really any variety will do. They have a smooth skin with a soft and chewy body filled with bursts of crunchiness from their seeds. The goat cheese rounds out this salad, providing a creaminess to the mix. 

The dressing is just as simple as the salad. I didn't want to overpower the raw goodness of the salad components. All I've used to dress this salad is a simple Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette: olive oil, balsamic vinegar and honey. That's it. Celebrate the beauty of figs and try this salad ASAP!

Fennel, Fig and Arugula Salad | My Engineered Nutrition

Fennel, Fig and Arugula Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 4


For the salad:

  • Arugula, 3 cups 
  • Baby Kale, 1 cup
  • Fennel bulb, shaved or thinly sliced, 1 cup 
  • Figs, 8 (cut into halves or quarters)
  • Goat Cheese, 4 oz
  • Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette 

For the Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette:

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 3 tbsp
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1.5 tbsp
  • Honey (preferably Raw Honey), 1 tsp
  • Water, 1 tbsp


  1. Mix together ingredients for the Vinaigrette. 
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine arugula, baby kale and fennel. Toss with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette. 
  3. Plate salads and top with figs and goat cheese. 

Nutritional info (Salad)

180 Calories - 5 g Protein, 26 g Carbs, 6 g Fat

Nutritional info (Dressing)

105 Calories - 0 g Protein, 3 g Carbs, 10.5 g Fat

Posted on August 25, 2015 and filed under Recipes, Vegetables/Sides.