Fresh Fig and Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese

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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!

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.

What’s your Salad’tude this Holiday Season? My salad’tude is simple, healthy, beautiful and quick.

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 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!
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Fresh Fig and Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese

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124.5 Cals 2 Protein 20.5 Carbs 4.5 Fats
Total Time: 15 mins
Yield: 8 servings
COURSE: Salad, Side Dish
CUISINE: American
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!

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

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup arugula w/ cheese, 1 fig, 1 tbsp balsamic glaze, 1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil., Calories: 124.5kcal, Carbohydrates: 20.5g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 4.5g, Sodium: 43mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 15g
Blue Smart Points: 3
Green Smart Points: 3
Purple Smart Points: 3
Points +: 3
Keywords: Gluten Free, Under 30 Minutes, Vegetarian Meals

 

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

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25 comments

  1. It’s finally fig season, so I got to try this salad, which is so simple that it allows the true freshness of the ingredients (i.e. the figs and arugula) to shine. The goat cheese and balsamic were a perfect combination to the fresh produce.

  2. Just made this tonight – a great quick salad for weeknights! My TJ’s was out of fresh figs, so I went with frozen, but still pretty tasty.

  3. Gina, Looks amazing! Is the balsamic glaze just balsamic vinegar? And so you mix the evoo and balsamic together for a dressing?

  4. Another great looking Salad…love it ty..

  5. 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. 🙁

  6. 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."

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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!

  10. Looks delicious! Love it for Thanksgiving!

  11. Delicious- perfect started for thanksgiving!

  12. 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!

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

  14. 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!

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

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

  17. 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….

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

  18. This looks so great and refreshing.

  19. Looks lovely!

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

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