Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Grilled Bread, Fig and Blue Cheese Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing











A rockin' little lunch salad for a day when you've got the house to yourself and the new issue of Gourmet Traveller in your hot little hands... And after you've done your work-out and enjoyed that whole 5 minutes when you were all caught up with the laundry, ahem.



Grilled Bread, Fig and Blue Cheese Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing
Serves 4

For the Salad:
4 slices of sourdough
6 fresh figs
100g blue cheese (I used Roquefort)
150g walnut halves, toasted
100g proscuitto
A small handful of little salad leaves

For the Dressing:
1 teaspoon grain mustard
2 teaspoons honey (I used orange blossom honey)
1 tablespoon verjuice
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt flakes
Freshly ground black pepper

Make the Dressing:
Put all the ingredients into a jar, close the lid tightly and give it a good shake. Set aside.

Make the Salad:
Put a grill pan on high heat. Once screaming hot, place the bread on and toast until you see the char marks. Turn the bread over and toast on the other side, Set aside.

Halve the figs and place them, cut-side down on the hot grill pan. Grill until they have the grill marks on them. Set aside.

Scatter a large serving plate with the salad leaves. Tear the bread  into bite-size pieces and place them on top the the salad leaves. Place the figs on the salad, followed by the torn prosciutto. Crumble the blue cheese over the salad and then scatter with the toasted nuts. Drizzle the dressing over the salad.

12 comments:

  1. Yes please! Just sans the figs! Don't shoot me, I hear it from my mother all the time! I can't help it...I don't like them ;(

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    1. I totally understand Christina. I like figs in certain things, and can take them or leave them in others. Grilled in a salad is fine, or fresh from the tree (which I have growing in my garden), but I'm not crazy on them baked in cakes or sweets etc. as I find them too gritty with the seeds. If you still want to make this salad, replace the figs with peaches - now they are killer.

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  2. This looks like the perfect salad, love all the flavors! Beautiful pics too, as always !!!!!

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    1. Thanks Jessica. You just can't go wrong with these ingredients.

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  3. You have a fig tree??? WOW! If I could grow this in Montreal, that would be insane but the temperature...arff. That's totally my ind of lunch, I'm sure you really enjoyed it :)

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    1. Yes, I fig tree!!. You won't believe this, but every member of my family owns a fig tree. We're figged.

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  4. Gah! Sitting here working on a report for work and now I'm drooling all over my keyboard!
    This looks absolutely delicious, and I'm super jealous that you have a fig tree in your garden!

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  5. This is just beautiful! Love, love, love figs!

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    1. Thanks Marie. I'm surrounded by figs.

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  6. What a lovely, lovely salad. Such a treat, and well deserved after all that laundry.. I cannot wait for fig season here!

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    1. The washing machine is the soundtrack to my life.

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