RE: Fig Salad
Here's some ideas:
-Stuff the fresh figs with a mixture of whipped cream cheese, toasted walnuts & chopped crystallized ginger. Serve on lightly dressed greens.
-Toss spinach, bits of mild goat cheese (like chevre), chopped fresh figs, pine nuts and blueberries with a dressing made of lime juice, olive oil, soy sauce, honey & a pinch of five-spice powder.
-Toss cold, cooked rice with chopped figs, golden raisins, chopped peanuts & cilantro with a raspberry vinagrette. I don't know, maybe leave out the cilantro & use something else.