Fresh figs are quite elusive. Preserved figs, more commonplace: on a pizza, with cheese on crackers and/or Parma ham. But it seems like a rare occurrence to see fresh figs in the supermarket. Which makes no sense, because they must have a full season, just like any other fruit? So when I do see them, it’s very exciting. This is my second favourite thing to do with fresh figs, after Baked Camembert with Fresh Figs. This salad will be one of the simplest things you’ll ever make. A probably one of the freshest, and most delicious.
Fresh Fig & Feta Salad with Toasted Walnuts
100g tender/baby salad leaves
2 rounds feta cheese
5/6 fresh figs
Balsamic reduction, to drizzle
*serves 3/4, depending how many sides you have
Arrange the leaves on a platter (I like to de-stalk them a little – something about the texture of stalks bothers me). Slice the fresh figs into wedges and scatter them over the leaves. Crumble the feta on top. Briefly toast the walnuts in a dry frying pan, stirring often – as soon as they start to get any spots of colour, remove them. Chop roughly and sprinkle them over the salad. Drizzle with balsamic reduction or dress lightly with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Easiest salad in the world!