When my parents handed me a plate of figs from their neighbor’s tree, I felt like I had to really do them justice. Fresh figs like these, just bursting with natural sugars, taste quite decadent to me, so I wanted to keep the preparation simple. Mint, feta, and walnuts give this fig salad a Mediterranean twist. I didn’t even bother to whisk the dressing together first (although you certainly can, if you’d like), opting instead to simply toss everything together gently, making this salad take mere minutes to assemble. But the jewel-like figs and fragrant mint mean this salad is still impressive enough to serve to guests.
Mediterranean Fig Salad
Yield: 2 entrees or 4 – 6 sides
- 4 – 6 ounces mixed greens*
- 10 – 15 figs, halved
- 2 – 3 sprigs mint, chopped
- 2 – 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
- 2 Tbsp walnuts, roughly chopped
- 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp honey
- kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
*I used a mix of spinach, arugula, and lettuces.
In a large bowl, add 4 – 6 ounces mixed greens, 10 – 15 figs, halved, 2 – 3 sprigs mint, chopped, 2 – 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled, 2 Tbsp walnuts, roughly chopped, 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar, 1 Tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp honey, and kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste. Toss gently to combine, then serve.