Fig + Pear Tart w/ Honeyed Goat Cheese & Balsamic Caramelized Onions


Yeah, you read that right. Confusing, I know. Is it an appetizer? A dessert? My daily breakfast & nighttime snack? – ALL OF THE ABOVE! Shiz, you can have it for dinner if you want! It’s that good. All I can say is you MUST make this tart! Chock full of real, whole ingredients and 100% paleo – this baby is guaranteed not to disappoint.




I got my first taste of fresh figs when I met James’ Persian father for the first time. He has an extremely resilient fig tree in his Annapolis backyard and would sell his abundance of figs every Sunday at the local Farmer’s Market, which I thought was just the coolest. He prunes and trims the tree down to nothing and by the next time we see him, it’s always back in it’s full glory. You couldn’t kill that GD tree if you wanted to and since then, I’ve really grown to love figs. (Clearly, so has Zeus!)


Zeus frolicking & playing while I pick fresh figs.

Zeus frolicking & playing while I pick fresh figs.


While most of us are familiar with figs in their dried form or as the infamous filling in Fig Newtons, we rarely hear that figs date back to Asian & Mediterranean regions as far back as 5,000 B.C. Whaaaat! If you were feeling corny, you could say you’re eating a piece of history! And, guess what – I’M FEELING CORNY!!!! YOU’RE EATING A PIECE OF HISTORY!!!!!!!~!#@%*(%(&# THAT FIG NEWTON JUST SCREAMS “CULTURE”!

A fresh fig is a totally different experience, though. Delicate little bulbs with soft, colorful skins and a slightly sweet, seeded flesh. There’s truly nothing like them. There’s a reason you always see fresh figs paired with expensive cheeses & fancy schmancy wines on high-end charcuterie plates at 5-star restaurants… because they’re so simply delicious & never overpowering.




The superfecta of flavors in this tart is the ultimate party in your mouth, I promise. It’s just-sweet-enough with a little bit of goat cheese-balsamic salty-tang. There’s not many who wouldn’t enjoy this tart… I mean, unless you’re a sick, twisted soul… ;) Did I mention this recipe is shockingly easy?! ‘Cause it is! I’d say this bad boy could be made year-round for any occasion. I simply think it’s perfection in a (paleo) tart shell! :)




  • Lettie Solis

    30.01.2018 at 14:15 Reply

    Made it today. However,. i felt it was way too sweet and would like to make it again with a more savory cheese like swiss and gruyere cheese mix or possibly mix a little Mexican Cotija cheese with the goat cheese. Just seems to me to need to be a little bit more savory to balance out the sweetness.

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    19.03.2016 at 03:54 Reply

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  • Elizabeth

    07.10.2014 at 09:48 Reply

    omggggggggg I could eat all of these photos. I need this in my life.

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