Oh Figs! How much I love Autumn because of the produce (and the colours), and figs feature so strongly in that love. But what to do when the short Fig season ends?
Middle Eastern shops often stock dried figs, lovely whole round beauties that are different to the dried figs that you might find in the supermarket. They are lovely to snack on whole, but also, when they are soaked, they taste so much like figs, with a familiar internal texture.
This salad is wonderful with fresh figs, do try it. But today we made it with soaked, dried figs. It is different, but the sweet figs with the blue cheese is so lovely. And it is great to be able to make this salad outside of fig season.
Are you looking for other salads? These will be just what you are looking for – there are quite a few.
They plump up nicely when soaked. Don’t throw the soaking liquid away – add it to any teas, or even stocks, that you are making.
Fresh or Dried Figs Salad with Blue Cheese
Slice fresh figs – many, if you live where they grow – and top with balsamic vinegar (the best you have) and crumbled blue cheese.
If using dried figs, soak them for a couple of hours or overnight. Cut them in half and proceed as above. Vina Cotto can be used in place of the balsamic.