Fig Salad, Composed and Lovely

Gentle Readers, after yesterday’s meat-fest, you’ll be happy to know that today’s recipe comes in two versions: lightly pigged and pigless. Fresh figs are beautiful, and they have such an affinity for bold flavors. Fig Week has had several variations on the theme, each very different.

Fig Salad with Goat Cheese and Prosciutto

Fig Salad with Goat Cheese and Prosciutto

Read on, for a fig salad that would work well as a base for many other toppings, or even on a pizza crust.

Fig Salad, Composed and Lovely Recipe

Prosciutto Being Seared

Prosciutto Being Seared

arugula, cleaned and tough stems removed, heaping mound of
4 to 6 figs, quartered
2 slices of prosciutto (or a handful of toasted pecans, for the veggies)
goat cheese to taste (try for local, it rocks!)

Dressing:

1 Tablespoon fig preserves
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 1/2 Tablespoons olive oil

1. Arrange arugula and figs in a bowl. Meanwhile, pan-sear (medium heat, heavy pan) prosciutto until lightly crisped. Remove and chop, and set aside to cool.

Arugula and Figs, Together Again

Arugula and Figs, Together Again

2. Top salad with cooled prosciutto and goat cheese to taste.

Layers of Flavor: Add Goat Cheese and Prosciutto to Figs and Arugula

Layers of Flavor: Add Goat Cheese and Prosciutto to Figs and Arugula

3. Drizzle dressing atop the salad. Enjoy.

Simple and elegant, this was a nice break from the norm. It was complex, crunchy, peppery, and goaty. What’s not to love?

Are you a fig fan? Do you plan to be after fig week? Post a comment, or Tweet my way.

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Tomorrow, we finish Fig Week with Fig Simplicity. Tune in to see.

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