Recipe: Quinoa Salad with Asparagus, Figs and Sumac Aioli

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Quinoa salad with figs, asparagus and sumac aioli at Fishing with Dynamite in Manhattan Beach. Photo: Christina Gilmour

This week we spotted chef David Lefevre shopping for figs at the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market. The chef/owner of MB Post, Fishing with Dynamite and the recently opened The Arthur J in Manhattan Beach says they are a delicate fruit – “treat them like a baby!” – but worth the effort. At The Arthur J he quickly sears figs cut side down over hot coals to caramelize the sugars. At Fishing with Dynamite he tosses fresh black mission figs with quinoa, arugula, asparagus and a dollop of sumac aioli for this refreshing late-summer salad.