Spicy Merry Salad with Avocado & Figs

Here is a very colourful and festive salad. Great as a meal in itself or as a vibrant side to increase the eyecandy to an otherwise “dull” meal. The chopped up dried figs as a nice sweetness, the avocado adds creaminess, the peppers add crunchiness and the hot sauce adds a lovely spiciness! (add in small amounts at a time… wouldn’t want to wreck your salad if it ended up being too spicy for your liking).

Spicy Merry Salad with Avocado & Figs
  • 3 cups Romaine leaves, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 Avocado, sliced into small pieces
  • 3-4 dried Figs, cut into small pieces
  • 1 Large Tomato, chopped
  • ¼ Red Onion, minced
  • 1 tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3-4 Large Mushrooms, chopped
  • Juice from ½ a Lime
  • 2 tbs Pine nuts
  • 3-4 Black Olives, chopped
  • small bunch fresh Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup cooked Black Beans
  • Hot Sauce, to taste
  • ½-3/4 cup Corn Kernels (Fresh off the cob or frozen and thawed)
  • Optional: Dollop Vegan Sour Cream*, for garnish on top of each of the salad servings
Vegan Sour Cream
  • 1 package of silken firm tofu
  • 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 tsps fresh Lemon juice
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey/ agave nectar / vegan sugar
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • optional: bit of garlic powder and/or dill + cayenne if you enjoy spiciness
  1. Blend all the ingredients. Use a spatula to scrape the sides of your blender to ensure that everything gets evenly blended. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.



  1. Get out a large bowl and add in all the ingredients and mix well. It’s best if you place in the fridge for about an hour before serving to let all the flavors combine with each other.

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  1. Thanks! Yeah, it’s super pretty :o) I made it during the holidays…tempted to make it again. –Clare

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