Food Files: Fig Salad

05.09.13

It’s still warm here but there was a chill in the air last weekend and I feel autumn looming. Though I’m not quite ready to part with summer, I do love the fall for the gorgeous new produce that ripens with the cooler temperatures. I’ve got a slight love affair with figs, which are absolutely perfect at this time of year. We spent last sunday lunching with some friends and from the fig tree in their garden I was allowed to pluck the only four figs that were ripe and ready for picking to take home with me. Not wanting to waste my beautiful treasures, I came up with a quick and delicious recipe to get the most out of them. So my latest food column is all about this fruity salad starring fresh figs, peaches and goats cheese, drizzled with a honey mustard vinaigrette.

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Ingredients:

Mixed greens

Fresh figs, quartered

Fresh peach wedges

Goats cheese

For the dressing:

Olive oil

Balsamic vinegar

A squeeze of lemon juice

A bit of wholegrain mustard

Honey

Salt and Pepper

Directions:
Quarter a handful of fresh figs, and prepare wedges from two fresh, ripe peaches. Add the fruit to a bowl full of fresh salad leaves. Toss and sprinkle with crumbled goats cheese.
Combine a generous lug of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, the juice of half a lemon, a teaspoon or two of wholegrain mustard a squeeze of honey and some salt and pepper to taste in a glass bottle. Drizzle over your fig salad. Enjoy!

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I adore salads, and really loved this combo. It’s a delicious combination of light flavours with some stronger savory accents here and there. The dressing is divine! I use that same dressing on pretty much all of my salads and love it. I don’t exactly measure the ingredients. I just add little bits of everything and check the flavour regularly until I like it, which is when it’s quite tangy. I served my salad with some crusty French bread.

The lovely plate pictured was hand made by talented potter Lee Wolfe. It has pretty rough edges and a light glaze over it. Pretty much everything I serve on it looks divine! Make sure you check out Lee Wolfe’s gorgeous collection.

Have a wonderful day, and let me know if you give this easy salad a try!

Holly x

* Image and recipe original to Holly Marder for Avenue Lifestyle

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