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.
We love figs too, use them as much as possible this time of year. I love the idea of them in a salad and that dressing sounds wonderful!ReplyDelete
I have to admit that I only recently developed a liking for figs. Before then they always seemed grainy or something. But my trip to PMA last fall in NOLA sealed the deal. I tried so many wonderful figs there and hope to find some of those lovely ones and make this salad with them.ReplyDelete
Confession - I've never had fresh figs before and now I'm really intrigued by trying this salad! (plus if I don't like it, there's bacon in it ;) )ReplyDelete
Yeah, I'm with Carla, I've never had fresh figs before either, but this salad looks so good!ReplyDelete
Some will think that salads are just the optional food you get from the salad bar at the corner of the restaurant. Which is taken before the main course of the meal.ReplyDelete