I love squash blossoms stuffed with goat cheese, rolled in egg wash and panko flakes, then sauteed until golden. But quite honestly, the summer months make me pretty lazy. So I've started just sauteing squash blossoms, then throwing little bits of goat cheese on top of them. Last week, I found that figs were in season and remembered how tasty figs and goat cheese are... and I must say, this salad is killer. —MissGinsu
In a medium-sized saute pan over medium-high heat, warm the vegetable oil until it shimmers in the pan.
Add the squash blossoms to the pan, cooking them about 2 minutes before turning them over. Continue cooking and turning the blossoms until all sides take on a golden color, then move the blossoms to a paper towel to drain and cool.
Create the vinaigrette by pouring the balsamic vinegar in a medium-sized mixing bowl and adding the olive oil to the bowl in a slow stream, whisking all the while.
Once the oil is incorporated into the vinegar, whisk in salt and pepper, to taste.
Add the mixed greens into the vinaigrette bowl and toss to coat. Distribute the mixed salad greens between the plates.
Slice the figs into quarters and divide evenly across the salad greens.
Divide the cooled squash blossoms between the salads.
Pinch off bits of the goat cheese and place the bits atop the salads, dividing evenly between the plates.