Recipe – Warm Salad with Figs, Stilton and a Port Wine Dressing

Given the number of recipes I’ve posted containing figs, perhaps they should have their own category; ‘My Favorite Fruit’. There’s something luxurious about a big fat fig and I love them so much that I wish I had my own fig tree.

Figs are especially versatile; I’ve used dried figs in pizza; simmered them with fresh ginger, lemon zest, honey and cinnamon, to serve over vanilla ice cream or as a topping for a lemony cheesecake; I’ve baked fresh figs with soft goat cheese, honey and thyme on their own and filled a puff pastry case with them for a lovely summery open tart; they’ve been baked into a moist cake and poached with cardamom, orange and rosewater …the possibilities are endless when it comes to figs.

Here I’ve used dried black Mission figs in a salad dressing that’s so rich tasting and complex, it needs little else apart from your favorite salad leaves and a few crumbles of blue Stilton or Gorgonzola cheese. The result is a wonderful winter salad that’s worthy of any elegant dinner party.

The dressing can be made 3-4 days ahead and kept refrigerated. It needs to be warmed gently before serving.

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(Serves 6)

Ingredients for the dressing:

3/4 cup (180ml) of port

¼ cup (60ml) of dry red wine

¼ cup (60ml) of light olive oil

2 tablespoons of toasted hazelnut or walnut oil

3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar

½ tablespoon of Lea & Perrin’s Worcestershire sauce (shake it well first)

1 tablespoon of sugar

½ tablespoon of molasses

1 tablespoon of finely minced shallot

9 oz (255g) of dried black Mission figs, stems trimmed and halved lengthways

And to serve…

1 packet of mixed greens, approx 5 oz (145g)

4 oz (114g) of Stilton or Gorgonzola, crumbled


Combine all the dressing ingredients including the figs in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Stirring occasionally, simmer until its slightly syrupy – approx 8-10 minutes.

Cool slightly and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Arrange the leaves on 6 salad plates, top with cheese crumbles and gently ladle the warm dressing over. Serve immediately.

About edibletcetera

I'm passionate about food; I cook, photograph, eat...then writes about it in that order. I'm also an occasional restaurant critic and caterer; a former newspaper columnist; author; social media/marketing communications; world traveler; dog lover; skier...and wit, (according to those who know me).
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