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Thai Chicken Salad with Figs
Makes 6 servings
Each serving equals two 5 A Day servings
Source: California Fig Advisory Board


6 Tbsps fresh lime juice
1/4 cup honey
3 tsp light soy sauce
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, crushed
2 tsp fresh gingerroot, very finely minced
2 cups shredded, cooked chicken
1 cup fresh figs, stems removed, and cut lengthwise into eighths
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
1/2 (2 cups) small cantaloupe; seeded, pared and cut in julienne strips
1 (11/2 cups) sweet, red pepper; ribs and seeds removed, cut in julienne strips
1 (2 cups) small cucumber; peeled, seeded, and cut in julienne strips
Assorted mixed salad greens.
Mint sprigs for garnish

Combine lime juice, honey, soy sauce, pepper flakes and gingerroot in medium bowl; mix well. Add chicken, figs, onions and mint; toss to coat evenly. Cover and refrigerate for one hour. Stir occasionally.

When ready to serve, combine cantaloupe, pepper strips and cucumber with marinated chicken and toss gently but thoroughly. Line serving bowl or salad plates with greens and arrange mixture in center. Garnish with mint sprigs if desired.

Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories 326, Protein 27g, Fat 7g, Calories From Fat 18%, Cholesterol 98mg, Carbohydrates 45g, Fiber 8g, Sodium 460mg.


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Ricotta Figs
Makes 4 servings
Each serving equals one 5 A Day serving
Source: Chef Ida Rodriguez for Melissa's Variety Produce


12 ripe fresh figs
1 cup fat free ricotta cheese
6 Tbsps honey
1 tsp lemon peels, grated
1 tsp orange peels, grated
3/4 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsps pistachio nuts

Remove stem ends from figs and cut each in half lengthwise. Combine ricotta, honey, lemon peel, orange peel, and vanilla in a small bowl until well blended. Serve figs with ricotta mixture. Garnish with chopped nuts.

Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories 292, Protein 7g, Fat 2g, Calories From Fat 6%, Cholesterol 10mg, Carbohydrates 60mg, Fiber 5g, Sodium 66mg.



Fig Pizza
Makes 8 servings
Each serving equals one 5 A Day serving
Source: Wegman's

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