Fig, Candied Pecan & Goats Cheese Salad with Fig Salad Dressing

Serves: 6 – 8, as a side dish
Difficulty: Easy
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 13-15 minutes, for candied pecans

This salad is simple to make but is visually pleasing to the eye making it the perfect choice when you need to make a dish to share.  Figs are the star so make sure you make it when they are in season and full of flavour.

 

Ingredients

 

  • 1 cup candied pecans
  • 8 cups mixed greens
  • 8 – 10 figs, quartered
  • 15 – 20 basil leaves
  • ¾ cup firm Goats cheese, crumbled

 

Candied Pecans

 

  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (real, not imitation)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Cracked pepper (optional)

 

Lirah Caramelised Fig Salad Dressing

 

  • 3 tablespoons Lirah Caramelised Fig Balsamic
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt & cracked black pepper to taste

 

Method

 

For the candied pecans

  1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees and line tray with baking paper.
  2. Toss pecans in a bowl with maple syrup, salt and pepper (if using).
  3. Place coated nuts on tray and bake for 13-15 minutes, turning after 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oven, when nuts are toasted, and set aside to cool completely.

 

For the Lirah Caramelised Fig Dressing

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small screw-top jar and shake to combine. Set aside until ready to use.

 

For the Salad

  1. Place greens on a serving platter and arrange figs over the top.
  2. Sprinkle evenly with candied pecans, crumbled goats cheese and basil leaves.
  3. Drizzle over Lirah Caramelised Fig Salad Dressing.

 

Note: Goats cheese can be replaced with crumbled blue cheese like gorgonzola.

 

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