Tuesday, 10 March 2015

If you make one thing this week...Fig and Feta Salad

I love figs and this salad is an effortless and delicious combination of basil, almonds, figs and Danish feta cheese. The sweet ripe figs and the sharpness of the feta contrasts beautifully. Feel free to use your favourite fig variety but just make sure that they are deliciously ripe. Trust me, this salad will blow your socks off! It's truly beautiful...

1 large, red onions, peeled
4 tablespoons of olive oil
salt and pepper
2 tablespoon of Pomegranate balsamic vinegar (if unavailable, use an ordinary one)
1 teaspoon of Sumac
a large bunch of basil
1/2 bunch of flat-leaf parsley.
8 ripe figs, quartered
120 grams of Danish feta cheese
A handful of toasted almonds, coarsely chopped
Balsamic glaze for drizzling over

1. Preheat an oven to gas mark 6/200C/400F. 
2.Cut onion into wedges. Place in a roasting tin and drizzle with a tablespoon of olive oil. Season and place in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven when they are soft and starting to crisp up.
3. Combine the remaining olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sumac and salt and pepper in a small bowl.
4. Place the basil on a serving platter. Place the figs and onions on the basil. Crumble the feta over and sprinkle with the nuts. Pour the vinaigrette over and lastly, drizzle with some balsamic glaze.

NOTE: Feel free to replace the Danish feta with a Greek style one or even a soft goats cheese. I, personally, love the creaminess of Danish feta...

Now, how fast and easy was that? Go on, try it...You'll love it!