Warm Apple and Fig Salad with Maple Dijon Dressing

This warm apple and fig salad is tossed with a maple dijon dressing and topped with crumbled bacon.

If it’s possible to OD on salad, I think I did it with this one yesterday. An entire bunch of watercress, 2 apples and half a pint of figs all shoved in my face for lunch. I was slightly uncomfortable at the end but I seriously just.couldn’t.stop. After the first half was consumed, I looked at the plate with the other half I was saving for dinner, said “what the hell” and attacked it. Lunch was definitely one of the highlights of the day.

Warm apple and fig salad with maple dijon dressing

What wasn’t a highlight would be when 2:30pm rolled around and my washing machine which was promised to me by then did not. Let’s just say Home Depot is on my shit list and I still have a pile of sopping wet, soapy clothes sitting on top of my dryer that have been like that for 48 hours now.

Warm apple and fig salad

I wore a thong (sorry about the visual on that) to crossfit last night because I’m now officially out of underwear. It’s getting desperate. Hand washing commences today and of course I ripped my hands apart after 60 (unassisted!) pull-ups last night. So that’ll be fun.

Apple and fig salad with maple dijon dressing

When I actually did manage to find the illusive salad greens on a menu in Italy, they always seemed to be watercress. I ate watercress more in the past 2 weeks than I probably have in a year actually. So I decided to continue the trend at home with a fall twist.

Apple and fig salad with maple dijon dressing

I don’t know how many times I’ve said something along the lines of “omg, this was soooo good. You have to make it!” but consider this another one.

There’s so much going on from the fresh, crispy watercress to the sweet figs, to the crunchy tart apples, to the salty bacon and the sweet maple dijon dressing but somehow, it all just works. Beautifully.

Warm apple and fig salad

And thoughts of incompetent delivery people disappear.

Warm Apple Fig Salad with Maple Dijon Dressing

Warm Apple Fig Salad with Maple Dijon Dressing

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This warm apple and fig salad is tossed with a maple dijon dressing and topped with crumbled bacon.


For the Salad

  • 1 bunch watercress, bottom of stems chopped off
  • 2 small green apples, sliced into matchsticks
  • 1/2 pint figs, sliced in half
  • 2 slices bacon

For the Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon shallot, minced
  • salt & pepper


  1. Wash and dry watercress.
  2. Combine all ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl and whisk together.
  3. Toss watercress with half the dressing in a large bowl and set aside.
  4. In a small skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crispy. Transfer to a paper towel to drain, leaving bacon grease in skillet.
  5. Add apple slices to skillet and cook for 1-2 minutes, tossing frequently until apples are just warmed through but still crunchy.
  6. Plate watercress, top with apples, figs, crumbled bacon and drizzle with remaining dressing.


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  1. Beth @ Tasty Yummies

    This salad looks like absolute perfection! I have been dreaming of a salad with fresh figs and apples all week, somehow I still haven’t come across any fresh figs locally… hopefully at the market this weekend so I can make this salad!

  2. Christine

    Oh my this looks like heaven on a plate! Confession…I have no idea how to buy figs or prepare them. Do you have to peel them or something? See, no clue here…

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      I honestly don’t remember but chances are it’s from Homegoods. About 95% of my stuff is!

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Hmm, that’s weird. It’s working fine for me and a few others I had test it out. Probably just Pinterest being glitchy (per usual!) If you some kind of specific error message let me know if you don’t mind. Thanks!

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