Savor Cooks: Apricots

A fresh ripe apricot is so delicious all on its own. Enjoy this summery fruit as is, with a dollop of yogurt or with some crumbled blue cheese and a drizzle of honey.  

For a light spring-summer salad, try our recipe for Herby Apricot Salad with Pistachios and Feta. Sliced apricots pair well with fresh greens, crunchy pistachios and salty feta cheese.

Want to enjoy high potassium apricots all year long? Our recipe for Chocolate Dipped Dried Apricots is going to knock your socks off. It’s so good as a snack and you can even make a big batch, wrap them nicely and give them out as holiday or party gifts.

Herby Apricot Salad with Pistachios and Feta

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 head lettuce, torn, washed, and spun dry

2 fresh apricots, halved, pitted, and sliced thin

¼ cup pistachios, rough chopped

½ cup fresh parsley leaves, rough chopped

2 oz feta cheese, crumbled

4 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

1 tablespoon lemon juice or white vinegar

salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

Combine the lettuce, apricots, pistachios, parsley and feta in a large bowl.

Whisk together the olive oil, parsley, lemon (or vinegar) and salt and pepper.

Drizzle over the salad.

Nutrition Analysis (per serving): Total Calories: 225; Total Fat 20 g; Saturated Fat 4 g; Cholesterol 13 mg; Sodium 140 mg; Carbohydrate 8 g; Dietary Fiber 2 g; Protein: 5 g

 

 

Chocolate Dipped Dried Apricots with Assorted Toppings

Serves 8

Ingredients

½ cup chocolate chips, disks or morsels (semisweet, bittersweet, or dark)

2 cups dried apricots

topping ideas: chopped pistachios, cocoa nibs, chia seeds, hemp seeds, matcha tea powder, flaky sea salt

Directions

Line a sheet tray with parchment paper and set aside.  

In the microwave or in a heat-proof bowl over a pot of simmering water, melt the chocolate. If using the microwave, vigorously stir your chocolate every 10 to 15 seconds to prevent burning.

Quickly dip each apricot halfway in the chocolate and then lay on the parchment. Sprinkle with toppings while the chocolate is still wet. *Note that you may need to reheat the chocolate if starts to harden midway through dipping.

Once finished, place the baking sheet in the fridge or freezer for 15 to 30 minutes so the chocolate hardens.

Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

 

Nutrition Analysis (per serving, averaging the various toppings): Total Calories: 150; Total Fat 5 g; Saturated Fat 2 g; Cholesterol 2 mg; Sodium 12 mg; Carbohydrate 28 g; Dietary Fiber 4 g; Protein: 3 g

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