Mission Fig Salad with a Balsamic Reduction and Goat Cheese

IMG_8683.JPGRourke and I were in Whole Foods recently, and these mission figs were on sale.  They were just gorgeous.  I picked them up and decided to make a salad with them.  

This salad is a great make-ahead option if you are expecting guests.  It is super simple to make and has so many complex flavors. It also goes great paired with steak.  Rourke grilled us a steak to accompany this, and I was dipping my steak in the reduction and goat cheese….YUM!!

IMG_8665.JPGStart with about 8 figs, 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar and 3 ounces of goat cheese.IMG_8673.JPGTo finish it off, you are going to need 2 tablespoons of honey, fresh thyme and olive oil.IMG_8677.JPGCut your figs into fourths and arrange either on individual salad plates or one large one.

Pour your vinegar in a sauce pan and bring to a boil.  Reduce by half, usually a few minutes.

Top figs with pinches of goat cheese, salt and pepper.  Drizzle honey, olive oil and balsamic vinegar reduction over figs. Garnish with thyme leaves.  IMG_8684.JPGRecipe:

Serves 4-6

8 ripe, Mission figs

3 ounces goat cheese

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons of honey

1/4 tsp. fresh thyme

salt and pepper

olive oil

Cut figs into fourths.  Arrange on salad plates/plate.  Bring vinegar to a boil in a saucepan and reduce by half.

Pinch of pieces of goat cheese over figs.  Drizzle honey, vinegar reduction and olive oil over figs.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Sprinkle thyme leaves over salad.

Either cover and serve later or serve immediately.

IMG_8686.JPGBon appetit!




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