Fig and Golden Beet Arugula Salad with Sunflower Seeds

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Fig and Golden Beet Arugula Salad with Sunflower Seeds

Fig and Golden Beet Arugula Salad with Sunflower Seeds

I’ll admit, sometimes I’m late to the game. I’m definitely late to the game on figs. Or maybe, I just never bit into a proper fig.

Well, I picked up a package of figs on a whim the other week, bit into one, and now, I’m a convert. Fig and Golden Beet Arugula Salad with Sunflower Seeds

What better way to enjoy figs than with dainty greens, gorgeous golden beets and a fresh vinaigrette?

Figs have a lovely sweet flavor and every time you take a bite, it’s like biting into a pillow filled with chia pudding. That’s the best way to explain it!

Fig and Golden Beet Arugula Salad with Sunflower Seeds

Figs work really well in salads, because they’re soft, tasty and easy to prepare.

Adding golden beet noodles into the mix makes the salad more robust, colorful and nutrient dense.

The best part? Unlike purple/red beets, golden beets don’t bleed, so they’re simpler and cleaner to prepare.

Fig and Golden Beet Arugula Salad with Sunflower Seeds

This dish is the perfect starter summer salad, but if you’d like to make it into a main course, try adding some prosciutto and goat cheese – or even a boiled egg and some bacon. Vegan? Add some chilled lentils.

I just can’t take my eyes off this one.

Fig and Golden Beet Arugula Salad with Sunflower Seeds

Nutritional Information & Recipe

Weight Watchers PointsPlus* 7 points

*These points were calculated using the official Weight Watchers PointsPlus® calculator. We are in no way affiliated with Weight Watchers, we are providing this information based on popular demand.


Fig and Golden Beet Arugula Salad with Sunflower Seeds

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 2


  • For the salad:
  • 3 packed cups arugula
  • 1 large golden beet peeled, Blade D, noodles trimmed
  • 3-4 figs stems removed, quartered
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted sunflower seeds
  • For the dressing:
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a small bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients for the dressing. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add in the arugula and golden beet noodles. Pour in the dressing and toss to combine. Set aside in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. Remove, add in the figs and sunflower seeds and toss to combine again.
  • Divide the salad into two plates.

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Kelly says:
This looks delicious!! This might be a dumb question - but are the beets cooked or raw? I've only ever eaten beets cooked, but I worry that they might be too soft for the spiralizer?
Ali Maffucci says:
They are raw! You can check out how to spiralize a beet in this video:
Mary Beth says:
Now THAT is a beautiful salad! I hope I can find some figs. I used to have a co-worker with fig trees. I miss her. I miss her figs. I'd not seen golden beets around until you posted a recipe with them not long ago. Now I've started seeing them more often. Thanks for the inspiring recipe! You're so clever!!!
Ali Maffucci says:
Thank you! And a friend with a fig tree? Definitely a friend I'd like :)
Nicole says:
The photography in this post is AMAZING!
Ali Maffucci says:
Thank you so much!
Kathy says:
Looks great. I find it hard to get yellow beets where I live but was in London last week and found a great market. Bought some beets there and so will make this delicious salad. Have some feta cheese in fridge, no figs, but will use that. Thanks again for another great recipe.
Ali Maffucci says:
Ah I miss London markets so much!! I studied abroad there in 2008, what an amazing time in my life. I need to get back there!
It's so beautiful I don't even want to eat it!! .....jk, I really want to try this! I'll have to find some figs before they're gone. I hope they stay in season for a little longer!
Oh yum! I love figs! Her Heartland Soul
Sue says:
At the risk of this question being ridiculous --- do you actually eat the peel/shell on the figs? Sorry, but I only remember ever having eaten figs in fig bars. Yikes. :) I would really like to try them fresh like this. How do you know if/when they are ripe and what to look for when buying them?
Karen says:
Awesome! I made this with a touch of goat cheese AND some red lentils for dinner last night! LOVE! It is beautiful, tasty and nutritious! I just happened to have some fresh figs that needed to be used... perfect timing. I'm hoping to be able to find figs still and make this for my informal neighbor party this weekend. Thanks for the idea!
Amy says:
I just made this for dinner and it is delicious! I love figs. Had to go to 3 stores to find the golden beets- but worth it. Dressing was perfect! Another winner!
Meggan says:
Could you make this with red or white beets? I bought a bunch at the farmers market but the golden one looks too small to spirilize...
Joanie says:
I cannot pin this recipe - and have had similar problems with your other recipes. I have tried the pin button above and the pin button on my iPad. Both only pin the picture and not the link to the recipe. I am hoping you can fix this!! Thank you.
Collette says:
This looks soooo beautifully delicious!! I will definitely have to try this out. I've become pretty obsessed with spiralizing lately haha.

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