Nov 19, 2012

Fresh Fig and Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese



Fresh sweet figs with soft goat cheese over baby arugula topped with a balsamic glaze. A beautiful salad without the fuss, using only 5 ingredients; this salad will make you look like a rock star in the kitchen! 

Once revered as a symbol of peace and prosperity, figs are beloved today for their unique flavor and texture. Not to mention, they offer some health perks, too: Figs contain some potassium and vitamin A.

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Balsamic glaze is my favorite new find, it's thick and sweet and you can drizzle it on salad, sandwiches or even strawberries. I bought mine in Trader Joe's but I see it in stores everywhere now. It's pairs perfectly with figs, and you only need to drizzle a little olive oil on top.

You can serve this salad on a large platter with olive oil and balsamic on the side, or you can serve them on plates, one fig per person.


If goat cheese isn't your thing, gorgonzola would make a perfect replacement. You could even add slivered almonds or walnuts.



Fresh Fig & Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 8 • Serving Size: see below • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 3 pts 
Calories: 124.5 • Fat: 4.5• Carb: 20.5 g • Fiber: 2 g • Protein: 2 g • Sugar: 15 g
Sodium: 43 mg

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups baby arugula
  • 8 fresh figs, washed and quartered
  • 1.75 oz semi-soft goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup balsamic glaze 
  • 4 tsp extra virgin oil

Directions:

Arrange arugula on a salad bowl or platter, or you can divide on 8 salad plates.

Top with quartered figs and goat cheese and serve with balsamic glaze and olive oil on the side.


Serving size: 1 cup arugula w/ cheese, 1 fig, 1 tbsp balsamic glaze, 1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil.

Nutritional tid-bits provided by Heather K Jones, RD (aka The Diet P.I.).

22 comments :

  1. Beautiful salad! I love fresh figs but have a hard time finding them in Kentucky =(

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  2. You'll be surprised how easy it is to grow figs, I plan on doing this next year!

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    1. Gina I will give you a cutting to start your plant if you wish.

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  3. This looks so great and refreshing.

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  4. Gina,

    Where would I be able to find figs in the Hoboken/Jersey area? Does Trader Joes carry them? Or would they be at Shoprite? This looks delish! Also what flavor profile do figs have? Not sure if the hubbie will go for them....

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    1. They are slightly sweet and soft, right now they are in supermarkets everywhere. You could also do sliced pears if instead.

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  5. I love figs, and this salad is beautiful. I will be making this for Thanksgiving this year only I will add slivered almonds.

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  6. Such a classic salad combo, and so simple!

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  7. Looks delicious! I will definately be needing a salad on Friday and this will hit the spot. I think I'll add in some chopped walnuts for some extra crunch!

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  8. have you ever tried wasabi arugula? It is to die for!

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  9. I would love to grow my own figs but I don't have a green thumb! i hope you will post about it when you do Gina, I'd love to hear! LOVE this salad, so pretty!

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  10. Delicious- perfect started for thanksgiving!

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  11. Looks delicious! Love it for Thanksgiving!

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  12. Figs are heavenly. Soft, sweet, and delicate in flavor. I quarter them, put on a serving plate, then drizzle with balsamic vinegar and shavings of parmesan cheese..or a really good white cheddar. Serve as an appetizer. I'm going to go look for this glaze today!

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  13. Do you eat the whole fig, the pink and white rind? Never had figs but this looks so pretty I would like to give it a try

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  14. I am such a fan of this blog! I use your recipes every week and this one looks great as usual. Thanks for the instruction!

    Emily
    emilyp711.wordpress.com

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  15. This recipe looks amazing! Goat cheese and fig are so delicious together. This would be a great option for a holiday dinner - healthy, yummy and low in calories. But high in nutrients and "healthy fats."

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  16. this looks so great! i wanted to make this today, but couldn't find figs anywhere! i live in the metro-detroit area and even went to a few "speciality" shops. they only had dried figs. might just add pomegranate seeds for now. :(

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  17. Another great looking Salad...love it ty..

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