Figs with Goat Cheese Salad

  • 10 mins total
  • 10 mins prep
  • serves 4 people
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Figs with Goat Cheese Salad

Fall is upon us and figs season is here. This Fig with Goat Cheese Salad is classic, beautiful, savory, and an elegant dish that is perfect for a light lunch, or a late summer salad dinner.

You will be happily surprised by how easy it is to make this salad. In less than 10 minutes, and I am very generous with my time here, you can be sitting at your table enjoying this fabulous dish.

What type of figs should I use?

The fresh figs, ficus carica, I used for this recipe are medium dark-skinned. In the Northern hemisphere, the figs are in season from late summer to early autumn.

They can be enjoyed fresh or dried. Excellent in a jam format.

The pairing of the goat cheese with the figs makes a great contrast with the tangy component of the salad and vinaigrette.

They do spoil easily thus use them as soon as you purchase them.

Vinaigrette

Using peppery arugula salad required a counterbalance of sweetness. Here comes into play the Balsamic glaze that I made for a previous recipe.

Mustard is of rigor as well as the shallots The balance of sweetness and tart is all blended with the olive oil, do not use extra virgin olive oil as it has a strong bite to it. A perfect salad recipe dressing that will work with all lettuces.

TIPS

  • You can substitute the goat cheese with blue cheese, Stilton if you wish.
  • I do not recommend Gorgonzola as it is sweeter and will not cut into chunks as it is gooier.
  • If you are using dried figs, soak them in warm water until tender.
  • The salad dressing can also be used for pasta salads. Use it as well for a Greek salad with tomatoes cucumbers and feta cheese instead.
  • Chicken salad? yes! More of a full meal.
  • Add some fresh herbs: parsley, mint, thyme, just have fun with it.
  • Fresh goat cheese is milder, however, use what you can found at your local supermarket.
  • Of course, mixed green salad leaves will work as well, enjoy it immediately as they have a tendency to wilt faster than arugula.

It is September and in mind, we should be in full fall mode, although we are still too close to triple digits. The pleasure of desert living I suppose.

Pairing my newly purchased figs with cheese is a given. The combination of the two is undeniably delicious. Goat cheese is a soft yet quite flavorful cheese that gives this fall fig salad a great boost.

You may also enjoy those dishes:

Arugula Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

Seared Salmon with Peas, Potatoes and Mint

Lentils, Black Beans, Goat Cheese and Baby Green Salad

 

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Nutrition Facts
Fig with Goat Cheese Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 237 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 108mg5%
Potassium 304mg9%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 647IU13%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 72mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Fig with Goat Cheese Salad

  • 10 mins total
  • 10 mins prep
  • serves 4 people

Ingredients

Original recipe yields 4 servings

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  • 1 shallot finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic glaze
  • 1½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2½ cups salad mix such as arugula, mixed green, red leaves salad
  • 8 ripe figs
  • 3 ounces goat cheese

Instructions

  1. In a shallow salad bowl mix together the finely chopped shallot, balsamic glaze, salt, and pepper. With a whisk add the olive oil slowly while mixing to create a creamy vinaigrette.

  2. Add the salad, reserve a small handful to use at the end, to the creamy vinaigrette, and gently mix well to coat the salad.

  3. Transfer the salad to a large serving dish and spread the salad to the line to the dish.

  4. Cut the figs lengthwise into quarters and arrange over the salad. Add the goat cheese by teaspoon droplets over the salad and figs. Finish by scattering the remaining salad over it. Drizzle with more olive oil and season with more salt and pepper to taste.

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Comments (20) Post a Reply

  1. Kayla DiMaggio says:

    This salad is so delicious! I love that it uses fresh, local ingridents!

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      This time of year it would be sacrilegious not to use fresh ingredients as they are abundant on our markets.
      Thank you and enjoy it!

  2. Luca says:

    I wouldn’t ask for anything more right now. Figs and goat cheese are a great combination in a salad, I really liked it.

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Thank you Luca!

  3. Cindy Mom the Lunch Lady says:

    Omg what a great looking salad. I’ve yet to try fresh figs, but I love goat cheese, so I am certain this would be a hit!

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      You will enjoy the combination of the two. Sweet and tangy at once.
      Enjoy!

  4. Kalin says:

    I love having fresh figs this time of year! You can’t beat goat cheese on a salad either

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      I look forward to this time of year just because of the figs.

  5. Emily Flint says:

    This salad has all of my favorite things!! And the arugula is the perfect lettuce for the sweet and tangy combo. Great recipe!

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      The arugula bounces off the sweet balsamic glaze.
      Thank you!

  6. Sue says:

    Wonderful! I erspecially love the creamy goat cheese in this – so delicious!

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Thank you! Love goat cheese, such a different taste and love the tang of it.

  7. Crystal says:

    This salad looks wonderful! I’ve stuffed figs with goat cheese before and it’s a great combination. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      My pleasure, I am sure you will enjoy it.
      Thank you for coming to my page

  8. Mayuri Patel says:

    I’m so waiting to get some fresh figs to try out this delicious and mouthwatering figs with goat cheese salad. Love fresh figs.

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      You will love this recipe Mayuri

  9. Shilpa says:

    This looks so good… I love fresh figs and would love to try this salad

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Thank you! You will enjoy this super easy recipe.

  10. Addie says:

    I love those sweet figs! So yummy!

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Thank you!

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