Salad of Figs, with Basil, Amish Blue and Pomegranate Vinaigrette


Well, as nearly always happens, the recipe will sound terrific, but there is a distinct lack of certain items.  In this case, a recipe by Yotam Ottolenghi, current featured chef at IHCC (I Heart Cooking Clubs), calling for  fresh figs and goat cheese.  Okaaaay, we had dried ones, and for feta, we had a lovely, creamy Amish Blue, which I had spontaneously bought and wanted to try.

Another of his recipes in the same book Plenty, a few pages on, had dates and Turkish sheep's cheese with almonds.  I borrowed the almonds from that one, and added them in, to good effect I must say.

The salad has:
:mixed purple and green basil leaves, arugula, figs and the cheese.  I added mixed salad greens and almonds.

The vinaigrette has:
1 shallot, minced
1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
2 tsp. pomegranate molasses
salt and pepper
3 tbsp. olive oil (I used macadamia nut oil)

Place the shallot, mustard and pomegranate molasses in a bowl, add in salt and pepper and whisk vigorously while slowly pouring in the oil, until it is homogeneous.

Lightly toast 1 1/2 tbsp. whole almonds, skins on.  Let cool.  Toss the greens with dressing.  Arrange the figs onto leaves with the cheese and cooled nuts.  Scatter top with some reserved leaves, drizzle on extra oil, salt and pepper.  Loved that dressing.

A very satisfying salad, which I served with little tenderloins and some pasta tossed in the pan drippings with wine and cream.


Zosia said...

I love that you created a new salad from two of his recipes! The combination of fruit, nuts and cheese with greens is one that he introduced me to and always tastes fantastic.

Kim said...

How can one go wrong by combining two of Ottolenghi's salad recipes? You simply can't! Love that you took what you had and turned it into a beautiful and inspired dish. I have no doubt it was fantastic:)

Deb in Hawaii said...

Yum! I like the changes you made to fit with what you had on hand. Ottolenghi has some great salad recipes for sure. ;-)

Diane Zwang said...

His salad recipes are inspiring. This sounds good to eat with all your local substitutions.

Joyce Rachel Lee-Bates said...

Wow, Ottolenghi sure has a lot of beautiful salad recipes.

flour.ish.en said...

I can imagine eating salad like this, quite typical of Ottolenghi, in the months ahead. Spring is here and summer will be right around the corner. Easy living with easy salads.

kitchen flavours said...

You have made a beautiful plate of salad with your changes!