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
For the Orange Vinaigrette:
Combine the juice, zest, honey, sea salt, and black pepper into a glass bowl. Mix until well incorporated.
Slowly whisk in the olive oil.
For the salad:
Toss the arugula with the vinaigrette and arrange on a large serving platter or bowl.
Evenly distribute the figs, pecans, Stilton and dark chocolate over the dressed arugula.
Garnish with Fleur de Sel.