An Autumn Salad of Figs and Toasted Goat Cheese

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Author Notes: Figs are still looking good in our Farmers Markets, but there is a cool hint of fall in the air that makes me want a warm hit to a salad of this kind. Ina Garten taught me, through her cookbooks, to toast the goat cheese, and I believe it was she who suggested to use dental floss to cut the slices cleanly.Lizthechef

Serves 2 as an entreé, 4 as a side salad

  • 8 1/2 inch slices of a plain goat cheese loge
  • 1 organic egg white, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup walnut pieces
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar, best quality
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons virgin olive oil, divided use
  • 1 teaspoon organic honey
  • kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 4 cups organic "baby" or field greens
  • 8 organic figs
  • 1 tablespoon organic, unsalted butter
  1. Coat each slice of cheese with some of the egg white mixture. Roll each one in the panko crumbs until coated. Set coated cheese slices aside on a rack and chill in the coldest part of your fridge while you prepare the rest of the salad.
  2. Heat a small skillet and add the walnuts. Cook until your nose reminds you to remove the skillet from the heat before they scorch. Set aside.
  3. Using a good-sized salad bowl, prepare your vinaigrette: add the vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper. Whisk to combine. Add the honey and 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Whisk together.
  4. Add the greens to the vinaigrette and toss. Stem and halve the figs. Add figs and toasted walnuts. Toss gently. Set aside.
  5. Using a medium-sized skillet, heat the butter and remaining tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat. You want this process to occur quickly in order not to melt the goat cheese! Add the goat cheese slices and cook until lightly browned on both sides.
  6. Serve the chilled greens on two plates. Top each portion with 2-4 slices of the toasted goat cheese, as desired.

Tags: figs in a salad, fresh figs, goat cheese salad

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over 3 years ago lapadia

This sounds wonderful!! Great photo, too :)


over 3 years ago Bevi



over 3 years ago Lizthechef

Thank you, Bevi!


over 3 years ago MyCommunalTable

Love goat cheese, love figs, I know I love this salad.


over 3 years ago Lizthechef

Try it and let me know - you always add a special twist that "finishes" a recipe.


over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Beautiful salad I adore figs and goat cheese together. The picture is gorgeous.


over 3 years ago Lizthechef

So nice to wake up to your comment - thanks, sdb!


over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Yum and yum! Love figs (especially the Adriatic ones - green skin with raspberry jam looking innards) and love, love, love goat cheese.


over 3 years ago Lizthechef

Thanks for the "yum", hla!


over 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Yes!!! Wonderful fall salad! And great photo!


over 3 years ago Lizthechef

Pretty soon comes that long-overdue tutorial on food-shooting ;) Thanks, Susan!


over 3 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Liz that is gorgeous! My favorite fruit, too.


over 3 years ago Lizthechef

Thanks, Liz!


over 3 years ago dymnyno

This is one of my favorite salads. Nice pic!


over 3 years ago Lizthechef

Thanks, Mare, and hope the grapes are ripening...