Marinated Fig and Parmesan Salad

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Fresh sweet figs marinated in mild tangy balsamic marinade contrast with powerful pungent shaved Parmesan in this elegant salad adapted from Tom Kime via BBC Good Food.

  • 8 Ripe figs, stalks trimmed
  • 4 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp Fresh thyme, chopped
  • Parmesan shaves
  • 50 g Arugula leaves
  1. Cut each fig lengthways into four wedges. Make a marinade by whisking the balsamic vinegar, olive oil and lemon juice with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Stand the fig wedges up in the middle of a large shallow serving dish, keeping them close together. Scatter the lemon zest and thyme on top, then drizzle with the marinade. Leave to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  3. To serve, lightly torn arugula leaves round the figs, scatter with Parmesan shaves, and drizzle with a little olive oil. | © 2011 | | © 2011 |

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Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself 27/10/12 07:27

This salad is simply lovely my friend - simple flavours coming together in a complex way :)

Choc Chip Uru

Gina Stanley 27/10/12 08:09

Good choice to send to Nancy's. I'm never had a fig marinated, it sounds like the perfect way to complement the sweetness of the fig. Love that rocket salad too. I was eyeing your black rice too. Hope you have a great weekend Miss Angie.

Mich Piece of Cake 27/10/12 09:31

Figs and parmesan sounds like a very delightful combination to dress up greens.

Rosa's Yummy Yums 27/10/12 10:54

A beautiful salad! So tasty looking.



baker in disguise 27/10/12 10:55

I absolutely adore figs... cant wait for them to hit the markets here!! Love the sound of this salad.. and am wondering if instead of a lemon..we could use orange.. that would be good too, I think!!

Finla 27/10/12 11:22

I love this cimbination, nothing can beat. Looks so yumm

MunatyCooking 27/10/12 11:29

Elegance is the word! Seems like it's figs season, my sister brought some home and they where so sweet. Most be a great tasting dish :)

Ilke 27/10/12 13:06

Love figs, but they never survive long enough to make it into a salad, I eat them like candy :)

Salad looks like something that would come to the table in fancy restaurants. Very elegant looking. Need to try the balsamic with figs.

Suhaina 27/10/12 13:20

This salad looks so refreshing. I just feel like grabbing the whole plate from the screen. I love all ur recipe. Its so innovative and always fresh.Lovely clicks..

Barbara 27/10/12 13:45

We love figs around here. What a super salad idea! Very elegant first course.

Belinda @zomppa 27/10/12 14:24

That is a beautiful, cheery salad! Naturally sweet, too!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 27/10/12 14:38

I do love fresh figs when I can find them! Gorgeous, delicious salad, Angie and beautiful shot of the figs too.

Kristy @ the wicked noodle 27/10/12 15:13

What a stunning salad! Figs and parmesan go so well together, too. YUM!

Anonymous 27/10/12 16:16

Angie, I cannot wait for my figs to be ripe and ready for this salad.
:-) Mandy

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen 27/10/12 16:20

Figs are so pretty no matter what you do to them. Beautiful salad Angie. Hope you have a great weekend.

Mother Rimmy 27/10/12 16:33

I don't think to buy figs. I'm not sure why I don't, they are well loved in my household. Wonderful flavors in this easy salad. I'll definitely be putting this on the dinner table. It would be terrific as a light lunch too!

Priya Suresh 27/10/12 16:47

Thats a super catchy and stunning salad..

Cathy at Wives with Knives 27/10/12 17:19

My mouth is watering just looking at that beautiful salad, Angie. Marinating the figs is a great idea. Have a great weekend.

Sprigs of Rosemary 27/10/12 17:40

Looks like a feast! If only I could find fresh figs! I'll have to sub pears; I'm lucky to find arugula.

Susan 27/10/12 18:20

I love fresh figs and miss the tree we had when we lived in California. We can get them at the farmer's markets, but somehow, they don't taste the same as picking them yourself. This salad looks fantastic and I think it's going to be on my menu for Thanksgiving! The sweetness of the figs in comparison to the bite of the arugula will be perfect, XOXO

Karen (Back Road Journal) 27/10/12 19:05

Love the idea of marinating the figs for additional flavor.

Deepti 27/10/12 19:24

Love the fruit and like the idea of marinating! Nice recipe..

Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook 27/10/12 19:46

Angie, you come up with the best recipes. So fantastic. I'd love the peppery arugula with the sweetness of the figs.

Swathi 27/10/12 20:59

Fresh figs makes everything wonderful. Delicious salad. love it.

Rosita Vargas 27/10/12 23:12

Una delicia está de lujo,abrazos y abrazos.

Balvinder 27/10/12 23:46

Such wonderful salad with simple flavors!

grace 27/10/12 23:46

figs automatically bump up the sophistication factor of a dish, and as a bonus, they're delicious too! :)

chow and chatter 28/10/12 00:16

wow wonderful can i have a plate

Ana Regalado 28/10/12 08:19

I swear if I see some figs at the market later I'll definitely buy it ! lol Your simple and FABULOUS salad makes my mouth water !

great-secret-of-life 28/10/12 09:01

My favourite fruit with my favourite dressing.. can I have the whole plate?

Beth 28/10/12 11:08

Figs, arugula and parmesan, all in the same salad? This HAS to be a winner! Yum!

Jeannie Tay 28/10/12 11:30

I can imagine how tasty the figs became after the marination....looks delicious!

Norma Chang 28/10/12 12:14

Always ate figs freshly picked directly from my tree, must try this marinade. Balsamic vinegar is one of my favorite vinegars.

Soni 28/10/12 13:55

Love the combination of figs with all these lovely flavors !!!Would love to try this sometime :)

Elisabeth 28/10/12 16:10

I adore fresh figs, can't really get such good ones here in S. Florida, and they're way too expensive! Love your delicious and perfectly refreshing salad, Angie:)

Eva 28/10/12 16:11

There is something so special about fresh figs and pairing it with Parmesan ad rocket is wonderful, sweet, salty and peppery. Sadly figs are no longer in season here in Toronto and I'm not paying $3-4 each so this will have to wait for the next season.

kitchen flavours 28/10/12 16:37

A beautiful and elegant salad! I wish I could dig in now! Looks so good!

drug testing at home 28/10/12 17:15

Present very insightful. Never thought it was so simple after all. I had spent a great deal of my time looking for someone to explain clearly to this topic and you are the one who has ever made. Kudos to you! Keep it up ..

Anne@FromMySweetHeart 28/10/12 17:57

Angie...I have always loved figs. And I'm always looking for new ways to use them! Featuring them in a salad with balsamic vinegar and parmesan works for me! As always...I just love your photography!

Anonymous 28/10/12 18:08

Exceptional dish and photographs Angie!! I like the rustic pictures which give the idea of authenticity in your dishes. Figs are a very nice fruit. Brava Angie :-)

mjskit 28/10/12 18:59

Gorgeous salad! It's amazing how such a seemingly delicate fruit can hold it's own against strong flavors. I've never tried figs with Parmesan, but that's going to change. I love them with balsamic! Lovely, lovely salad!

Amanda 28/10/12 20:07

perfect timing! today at church, i couldn't stop thinking about figs! Awesome! off to try this recipe!

Evelyne CulturEatz 28/10/12 23:10

Beautiful salad with one of my favorite fruits. Like the contrast with the parmesan here.

Koko 29/10/12 01:32

Ohhh fresh figs are the best! Thank you for these stunning photos and a great recipe. I have to make this.

Medeja- CranberryJam 29/10/12 07:01

Figs and cheese really go well together! Your salad looks very elegant!

Kiran @ 29/10/12 10:42

I need figs in my life. Right about now. This salad has everything that I'm craving, now :D

Joanne 29/10/12 13:05

I truly wish I could still find figs around here! WANT this!

Jennifer Kendall 29/10/12 14:38

that is a beautiful salad! sounds so delicious!

Unknown 29/10/12 14:44

Wow delicious salad,yum...

Unknown 29/10/12 15:35

This looks delightful Angie! I'm such a salad girl! Figs and Parmesan, mmm mmm mmm!

Asmita 29/10/12 15:36

Gorgeous! Who wouldn't love this salad?

Love from Scratch 29/10/12 16:26

Absolutely beautiful salad! Love it, I am excited to make this for company with the holidays coming up, and your food photography is superb!

Pam 29/10/12 16:55

Beautiful AND delicious!

Tricia @ saving room for dessert 29/10/12 17:14

A fascinating combination of flavors - I am intrigued! Your photos are so beautiful - and the fig so plump and colorful - I love it all!

The Squishy Monster 29/10/12 17:44

If this were a starter at a restaurant, I'd order two. I always enjoy the lovely combinations you come up with.

lena 29/10/12 18:13

hi angie, i finally tried figs for the first time..i didnt do anything with it, just eat them. Next time i shall try making something out of could be this..i dun know. i told you earlier abt your yogurt rolls, it's up today in my blog, thanks very much for sharing!

Ivy 29/10/12 18:35

Fig season has ended but always love the combination of rocket with figs.

teresa 29/10/12 18:38

this is gorgeous! i don't eat figs near enough.

Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies 29/10/12 19:10

These photos are stunning--so gorgeous! And the salad is absolute mouthwatering!

Vijitha 29/10/12 23:18

I love figs and this salad looks so good. Brilliant clicks!

Gerry @Foodness Gracious 30/10/12 04:56

This sounds really good, the sweet figs with the salty Parm is a great combo!!

aimee@clevermuffin 30/10/12 06:16

Oh yum! I love figs, but they are often quite expensive in Australia... I'll wait until the end of summer and make this one :)

vending machines los angeles 30/10/12 10:11

Thanks for the recipe of wonderful delicious dishes. I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! keep up the good work.

Helene Dsouza 30/10/12 12:36

The salad sounds fantastic Angie! Love your picture so very inviting and refreshing.

rita cooks italian 31/10/12 00:27

Simple and delicious. I love rocket salad and I bet that these marinated figs combine pretty well with it. This dish sounds very Italian.

Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine 31/10/12 03:19

Ialready know by reading these ingredients this is a winner love it !

Cass @foodmyfriend 31/10/12 04:09

This would be perfect with that loaf of bread! I know I shouldn't add carbs to things but they are a match made in heaven.

Unknown 31/10/12 04:35

Gorgeous pictures, I like the idea of marinated figs and Parmesan- such a bold flavor combination;-)

Baker Street 31/10/12 09:39

sweet figs marinated and a tangy balsamic marinade sound like the perfect combination! :)

Amelia 31/10/12 15:59

Hi Angie, yummy salad and it sure look very appetizing. Nice click too.

Have a nice week ahead.

Kelly Mulcair Registered Nutritionist. Content © 2011 Trinity Nutrition. 1/11/12 00:41

What a simple and lovely combination. The colours are beautiful in this fall salad.

Katie@Cozydelicious 1/11/12 02:11

This salad looks fantastic! I adore figs, and marinating makes them even better!

Yasmeen 1/11/12 12:34

Oh! With fig season creeping up on us, I know what's on my to-do list :D Another great recipe, Angie.

Anonymous 6/11/12 11:09

What a georgous & appetizing fig salad!

I was just searching for tasty & easy recipes for the last figs on my tree! Thank you so much: Great textures & flavours in here! :) xxx

Roz | La Bella Vita Cucina 9/11/12 15:58

Angie, I saw your recipe for this incredible fig salad over on Spicie Foodie's YBR round-up and so glad you shared it! The marinating of the figs adds a whole new level of flavor to the salad! Great idea! And as always, your photography is amAZing!

Be well,

tree surgeon sydney 15/11/12 19:32

The figs salad recipe is really looking delicious and well decorated here.
I love to eat different type of salad in food.


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