Figs with Basil, Goat Cheese and Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Fresh figs are available in the summer, but just for a brief few weeks. When I see them in the market, I can’t resist getting a few boxes of them. Take them home and then figure out what I want to do with them. More often than not, I’d end up eating most of them fresh by themselves.

This salad from Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi is hard to beat, combining the incredible sweetness of the figs and the creaminess of young goat cheese. This is a meal by itself, making figs the key player. Think Mediterranean: figs, goat cheese and pomegranate. That’s the essence of the dish. I’ve made this salad several times already after I discovered the recipe. The purple and green basil plants in my backyard are still going strong in mid-August, perfect to add some color, texture and aroma to a summer salad. Some greens, any greens, for that matter, plus a straight forward pomegranate vinaigrette, is a recipe for keeps for figs lovers.


I’m bringing this salad to the potluck gathering at IHCC, you could see dishes from other home-cooks here. This post is also linked up to Souper Sundays with Deb at Kahakai Kitchen in Hawaii.

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    Lydia Filgueras
    August 31, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    Awesome colors and flavors in this salad. I need to find a source for pomegranate juice. I've come across a couple recipes which use pom molasses. It would be nice to have some on hand.

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    September 2, 2016 at 5:57 am

    yummm … I love that vinegerate, I tasted my first fresh fig a few days back, although it came all the way from australia, dont know how long its been travelling to reach me LOL. So I did wonder if the taste was as fresh as the one you can get from being in the same place as it was grown.

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    September 3, 2016 at 9:00 am

    I got the pomegranate molasses from Whole Foods, if that helps.

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    September 3, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Fresh figs are really awesome. I'm glad at least you got a taste of it.

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    September 3, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Figs are a great ingredient to turn a salad I to something special, this is lovely,

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    September 4, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    A colourful looking salad, I like the combination of all ingredients

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    kitchen flavours
    September 4, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Fig is one fruit that is difficult to find in Malaysia. Lovely salad, one that I would love to dig into!

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    Deb in Hawaii
    September 4, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    I need to get my hands on some fresh figs soon–this salad looks amazing. I love the combination of ingredients and it's so pretty on the plate. Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays this week too!

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    September 5, 2016 at 2:19 am

    Something so exotic and exciting about fresh figs. They just looks so darn pretty and inviting! This is one show piece of a salad. A total stunner! Extra goat cheese for me:)

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    Diane Zwang
    September 5, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    This looks really good. I like figs but my husband doesn't. Tonight we are eating grilled peaches, almonds, goat cheese with arugula salad, similar.

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