I love figs because they are beautiful. More than their taste, it’s their look which makes me want to buy them. I just love the deep red as soon as you cut into one :). This, however, does not mean that I don’t love the taste… Just that it comes second! The season for fresh figs is very limited… In fact now I don’t see them anymore. Out here we got fresh figs for just about a couple of weeks and I made the most of them in those 2 weeks.
This figs salad is not only a beauty to look at; it’s also great in taste and texture. The softness of figs and cheese is complimented by the crispiness of the lettuce and the crunchiness of nuts. Honey and vinegar create a medley of sweet and sour. I had a vague memory of this salad as one of the seasonal over-the-counter salads in either Sainsbury or Morrisons in Scotland. I added my flavor combinations onto the memory and the result was this figs salad with cottage cheese and caramelized nuts!
Figs salad with cottage cheese and caramelized nuts
Preparation Time: 10 mins| Cooking Time: 10 mins| Serves 4 as a side
10-12 almonds & walnuts
4 tsp honey
1 tbsp castor sugar
A pinch of salt
50 gms cottage cheese, crumbled
100 gms fresh lettuce leave
3 tbsp extra virgin Olive oil
1 tbsp grape vinegar (or red wine/ sherry vinegar)
- Wash the lettuce leaves in cold water. Cut them into stripes and put them in a bowl filled with ice. This would keep them fresh and crisp.
- Preheat oven to 180C (Gas Mark 6).
- Toss the nuts with honey, sugar and salt until they are well coated.
- Put on a baking tray and roast in oven for about 3 minutes. Remove and keep aside to cool.
- Trim and cut the figs into quarters.
- Divide the figs, crumbled cheese, lettuce leaves and nuts between four plates.
- In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil and vinegar. Drizzle over the salad in each plate and serve.
Fruits make a healthy and refreshing breakfast/ snack/ dessert and actually an anytime, anywhere meal. Check out some of my other fruit recipes!