I think I’m like many people out there; I skip salads sometimes because they are boring and I don’t know what to put in them besides tomatoes, cucumber and lettuce…I guess I’m in a salad rut. Salads don’t have to be ordinary and you certainly don’t need that many ingredients to make it a show stopper at any weeknight dinner or festive dinner party.
I went out into my garden today to discover so many of my lettuces are ready to harvest so naturally a fresh from farm to table salad will be on the menu for dinner tonight. I picked some green leaf lettuce, heirloom romaine and some parsley for good measure. I grabbed a bowl and tossed the greens with some pepitas, persimmons, figs, croutons, shaved Parmesan and then I drizzled some of my fig & sherry vinaigrette over the salad. I love fruit in my salad and when tomatoes are not at their peak, fig, persimmons, grapes or roasted cherry tomatoes are the perfect companion for mixed greens.
It’s a thick vinaigrette, so a little goes a long way, toss well
I love keeping food seasonal and fresh…make sure to indulge your salad with homemade croutons
Figs have such a short season and we are at the end of it, so run out right this minute and buy some…
Fig Sherry Vinaigrette
An autumn inspired dressing to keep fall salads fresh and seasonal
- 1 Shallot, small, chopped
- 4 oz fresh figs, ends trimmed and quartered
- 2 tbsp sherry vinegar
- 1/4 extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp coarse pepper
- 2 tsp Dijon mustar
Combine everything in a blender and blend until everything is combined and smooth.
Use right away but for better tasting vinaigrette, refrigerate for a couple of hours to let the flavors develop.
Makes 2/3 cup, enough to dress a salad for 6 to 8 people
Hint: if the vinaigrette is too thick for your liking, just add a bit of water to the blender and pulse blend it to your desired consistency
I love that you utilize your garden harvest and the freshest ingredients the season has gifted us with.
I can’t wait to try it!
thank you so much, I can’t believe how fast lettuces and greens grow in the garden