What could be a better start to the evening than a comforting and wholesome fig and corn salad garnished with fresh basil leaves. My sister has a farm close to chandigarh and I had to visit her today for some work. She insisted that I pick some figs to take back home. I really must thank her, because the figs were beautifully ripe, succulent and juicy, and immensely inviting in their deep purple colour. Along with these I also plucked some fresh basil leaves and the idea to make a tasty salad had already popped in my head. The result was just as I expected- worthy of sharing the recipe! God bless my sister.
The dictionary defines a salad as something that is served cold. But over a period of time the concept of a salad seems to have evolved and we can have salads that can be devoured warm as well as cold. This particular salad tastes great when it is warm! Besides being tasty and super quick to make its very healthy and packed with nutrition. Its a delicious salad to perk up your summer evening. So, here goes the recipe!
Warm Fig and Corn Salad with Basil (Serves 4)
- 1 large onion chopped into small pieces
- 3 or 4 cloves of garlic chopped
- 4 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 and 1/2 cup of juicy corn kernels
- 1 large carrot peeled and cut into small pieces
- 5 figs, halved or quartered ( or more if you like)
- About ten to fifteen basil leaves
- Fresh coriander leaves
- 2 tsp honey
- 1/4 tsp red chilli powder
- salt and black pepper to taste
- Balsamic vinegar
Heat the olive oil in a pan, but don’t let it overheat. add the garlic
and saute for half a minute. Now add the chopped onion and continue to stir fry till they become translucent and just begin to caramelize. Add carrots and corn kernels (The corn kernels can be pre- cooked in a microwave with 2 tsp water on high for about 1 minute). Stir fry for about 1 minute more. Transfer the veggies to the serving plate. Now place the halved figs flat side down in the same pan. Add a few more drops of olive oil. cook for 1 minute and turn the sides and cook for 30 seconds more. Transfer to serving plate. Drizzle some honey over the figs. Garnish with fresh basil and balsamic vinegar. Enjoy!