This recipe evokes nostalgia in me. As far back I can remember my mom always had figs in our home. I loved the sweetness and the texture of the seeds when you bite into them. Am I the only one?!? While creating some recipes for over the holidays, I wanted to create a dish that was easy to put together, without sacrificing flavors. After playing around in the kitchen, these dried figs stuffed with arugula and walnut paté were perfect!

They are the perfect appie, not only fancy looking but a great mix of tangy, sweet and salty. These along with my chickpea pomegranate salad are always included in my holiday spread. Figs are high in fibre and a good source of several essential minerals, including magnesium, manganese, calcium (which promotes bone density), copper, and potassium (which helps lower blood pressure), as well as vitamins, principally K and B6. Walnuts are incredible for brain health and the fat found in walnuts help keep your blood sugar balanced to help keep you feeling satiated so you aren’t picking at everything at the dinner table!

Dried Figs Stuffed with Arugula and Walnut Paté

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 0 minutes

Serving: 5-10

  • 10 Dried Figs
  • 1/8 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 3 Cups Loosely Packed Arugula
  • 1/3 Cup Walnuts, soaked for 4 hours
  • 1 TSP Olive Oil


  1. For the paté, combine walnuts, arugula, lemon juice, salt and olive oil in a food processor or blender and carefully pulse until it becomes a crumbly texture.
  2. Chop off the stem and open the fig up with your fingers. Fill the figs with the paté.

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