🔕 🔔

My Basket ()

All questions

Dressing for salad containing figs?

I am going to take salad to a dinner for 12 tonight and was asked to make sure it includes figs. Note: I don't like figs. Don't like the knock- knock joke about figs

Knock Knock
Who's there!
Figs who?
Figs the doorbell, it's broken

The salad I am taking includes lettuce and arugula from the Farmer's Market, walnuts and manchego cheese, and the figs. What would make a great salad dressing?

asked by SKK almost 6 years ago
6 answers 1244 views
Cbfb27ea 071f 4941 9183 30dce4007b50  merrill
Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

added almost 6 years ago

I'm normally not a huge fan of balsamic, but with figs, it's a nice match. My standby for a salad like this one is balsamic (cut with a little rice vinegar if you want to mellow it out), a dash of maple syrup, olive oil, and maybe a bit of mustard.

B3038408 42c1 4c18 b002 8441bee13ed3  new years kitchen hlc only

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

added almost 6 years ago

Oh, the Manchego and arugula are just begging for sherry vinegar on this one, though I agree balsamic is what's typically used with figs. I'm very old-school on this, so I'd mix 2/3 part sherry with one part really good red wine vinegar, with just a pinch of salt, a tiny pinch of sugar (raw cane, for its depth) unless the figs are extremely ripe, and a fruity olive oil. And freshly ground pepper on the salad once dressed. But you knew that. ;o) P.S. Very bad knock knock joke, but I'm glad you posted it, as it did make me chuckle.

F8c5465c 5952 47d4 9558 8116c099e439  dscn2212

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

added almost 6 years ago

Sounds lovely! Maybe crumble some Gorgonzola over the top?

8a5161fb 3215 4036 ad80 9f60a53189da  buddhacat
added almost 6 years ago

Thank you all! The dressing was a success and I even kind of like figs now - even though I had to wear fig leaves in my hair. You saved me - I will be invited again.

4798a9c2 4c90 45e5 a5be 81bcb1f69c5c  junechamp

June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added almost 6 years ago

Sorry I didn't see this earlier, but so glad you had such great suggestions. I'd have been torn between sherry vinegar, "real" balsamic (the syrupy kind), and oloroso sherry. I also would have used walnut oil for part of the oil in the dressing. Sounds great. Maybe I'll copy you this weekend!

8a5161fb 3215 4036 ad80 9f60a53189da  buddhacat
added almost 6 years ago

@ChefJune - Now I will have to try oloroso sherry! I did use walnut oil, and also processed some walnuts for the dressing. Please share what you come up with!

Let's Keep in Touch!

Get the recipes and features that have us talking, plus first dibs on events and limited-batch products.

(Oh, and $10 off your order of $50 or more in the Food52 Shop, too.)

Please enter a valid email address.