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Fig & Stilton Salad

Recipes & Entertaining Ideas

Fig & Stilton Salad

Marc J. Sievers

Whenever fresh figs are in season and available at farmers markets, I always get so excited for the endless possibilities for cheese plates, salads, and desserts!  My Fig & Stilton Salad combines a unique flavor combination of Black Mission Figs, Stilton, and dark chocolate all dressed with an orange vinaigrette.  This is the perfect salad with a glass of champagne or Sauvignon Blanc while dining al fresco during the last few weeks of summer.  Just add a fresh baguette and some honey butter and voila, you have a chic and delicious salad for your guests.


Ingredients (serves 4)

  • Orange Zest – 1 tablespoon
  • Orange Juice – 1/3 cup, freshly squeezed
  • Honey – 1 tablespoon
  • Sea Salt – 3/4 teaspoon
  • Black Pepper – 3/4 teaspoon, freshly cracked
  • Olive Oil – 3/4 cup
  • Arugula – 5 ounces, washed & drained well
  • Black Mission Figs – 8, quartered
  • Pecans – 1 cup, halved
  • Stilton – 3/4 cup, crumbled
  • Dark Chocolate – 4 tables, freshly grated
  • Fleur de Sel – for garnish

Directions

For the Orange Vinaigrette:

  1. Combine the juice, zest, honey, sea salt, and black pepper into a glass bowl.  Mix until well incorporated.
  2. Slowly whisk in the olive oil.
  3. Set aside.

For the salad:

  1. Toss the arugula with the vinaigrette and arrange on a large serving platter or bowl.
  2. Evenly distribute the figs, pecans, Stilton and dark chocolate over the dressed arugula.
  3. Garnish with Fleur de Sel.
  4. Serve immediately.