Monday, July 28, 2014
Fig Salad with Bacon, Blue Cheese and Honeyed Walnuts
Fresh figs must be one of the prettiest fruits around and I can't quite resist them when I see them. Sometimes that happens, though, when I have no actual plan for how to use them. So I just drizzle them with a little honey, crumble on some sharp cheese and munch away as a snack. But taking that a step further and creating an amazing salad is so worth it.
I paired the sweet figs with strong greens and sharp cheese. Then balanced it out again with a touch of honey in the dressing and again in the walnuts. They all come together to create a perfectly balanced flavor not to mention a delicious and special salad. Enjoy!
4 Figs, quartered
2 Cups romaine or other peppery green
2 Slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/2 Cup of crumbled blue or Gorgonzola cheese
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 Tablespoon mayonnaise
1 Teaspoon honey
Salt & pepper to taste
1/2 Cup walnuts
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
2 Tablespoons honey
Pinch of salt
Whisk all the dressing ingredients together in a separate bowl and season to taste.
Place half the salad greens on each of two plates. Add half the figs, cheese, bacon and walnuts to each and drizzle on the dressing. Makes two servings.