Fresh Fig, Apple And Date Salad
Sweet Mediterranean figs and dates combine especially well with crisp eating apples. A hint of almond serves to unite the flavours, but if you'd prefer to reduce the fat even more, omit the marzipan and add another 30ml/2 tbsp low fat natural yogurt or use low fat fromage frais instead.
6 large eating apples
Juice of ½ lemon
175g/6oz fresh dates
25g/1 oz white marzipan
5ml/1 tsp orange flower water
60ml/4 tbsp low fat natural yogurt
4 green or purple figs
4 almonds, toasted
Core the apples. Slice thinly, then cut into fine matchsticks. Moisten with lemon juice to keep them white.
Remove the stones from the dates and cut the flesh into fine strips, then combine with the apple slices.
Soften the marzipan with orange flower water and combine with the yogurt. Mix well.
Pile the apples and dates in the centre of four plates. Remove the stem from each of the figs and divide the fruit into quarters without cutting right through the base. Squeeze the base with the thumb and forefinger of each hand to open up the fruit.
Place a fig in the centre of each salad. Spoon the yogurt filling on to the figs and decorate each one with a toasted almond.