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Summer Salad Recipe: Fig and Arugula Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Updated on August 7, 2012
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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: Serves 4 as a salad or appetizer

Although dried figs are found year round, few things can compete with the sweetness and chewy texture of fresh figs. Figs are in season in summer. The early part of the summer sees the first harvest of figs grown on branches that sprouted last year. Late in the summer and into the fall, the second (and largest) fig harvest comes from this year's growth.

Being one of the most ancient foods known to man, it's not surprising to find that the fig features prominently in the cuisine of the middle east where the pomegranate is another staple. This recipe showcases fresh figs by laying them on a bed of arugula and basil tossed in a pomegranate vinaigrette that brings a tangy sweetness that ties the salad together beautifully.

Pomegranate concentrate (also called pomegranate molasses), the key ingredient to the vinaigrette, is a common item in your local Middle Eastern grocery or it can be purchased online.

My bottle of pomegranate concentrate secured from my local Middle Easter grocery.
My bottle of pomegranate concentrate secured from my local Middle Easter grocery. | Source

Ingredients

  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp pomegranate concentrate
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups arugula
  • 3/4 cup basil leaves
  • 8 figs
  • 3 oz goat cheese, crumbled

Instructions

  1. In a non-reactive bowl, add the shallot, mustard, pomegranate concentrate, olive oil, and salt and pepper and which vigorously to combine.
  2. Toss the arugula and basil in 2/3 of the dressing. Place your dressed leaves onto your serving dish or salad plates.
  3. Cut the figs into quarters lengthwise. Arrange the figs on top of the leaves.
  4. Sprinkle the goat cheese over the figs and greens and top with the final 1/3 of the vinaigrette. Serve.

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3.9 stars from 7 ratings of Fig and Arugula Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette

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      MickiS 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Fig tree? Feel free to box them up and send them to HubPages HQ, Leyroyworld!

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      Leroyworld 5 years ago from Texas, No place else

      Excellent. I was looking for some new fig recipes. I have a fig tree in my backyard, so I wind up with more figs than I know what to do with.

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      danielabram 5 years ago

      That photo caught my attention. Glad it did, loved this hub :-)

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      MickiS 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Well, maybe not a meal in itself. When I took this picture, I made it as a starter for 6 people. It sure was yummy, though!

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      Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

      Wow this fig salad looks delicious and it certainly looks like it would be filling enough to be a meal in itself - not just a side salad.

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      MickiS 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks, Christy!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Mmmm now I"m getting hungry again! I vote up.

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      jenubouka 5 years ago

      No, none at the moment...

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      MickiS 5 years ago from San Francisco

      EyesStraightAhead, it's totally ok to say "MMMM!" Chickpeas? Well, ok. Given the middle eastern slant of this salad, that probably works, too. Thanks for the comment.

      Jenubouka, I did take a couple of years off in my hi-tech career and thought at one point I wanted to start a food business, so I worked in the kitchen of a friend's restaurant and took a few cooking classes (things like "Knife Essentials") that are culinary school basics. I suppose I have a leg up on the average person, but I'm also lucky to live in a great food city that exposes me to this kind of stuff everywhere.

      I'm loving the pomegranate molasses. Given the big bottle that I have, I need to experiment with more ways to use it. Do you have recipe Hubs that use it? I'll have to go back and read your stuff again..

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      jenubouka 5 years ago

      So, were you a chef in a past life? For your knowledge of marring the right combination of flavors is quite impressive. In the culinary world, these flavors and presentation is right up my ally for what I used to do when hustling in the restaurant industry. I love pomegranate molasses; it is such a staple for those who know just how it can be used in many, many dishes. I use it to make a killer barbecue sauce for fish and pork. Awesome!!

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      Shell Vera 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      MMMMMMMM is that okay to say? :) This salad is wonderful. I am a salad lover - eat at least one a day. This is a great variation I had not previously tried. (I did cheat and add chick peas, as I have to have them in all salads!)

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      MickiS 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks for all of the great comments. It's definitely delicious, but these ingredients were carefully chosen because of how they work together. Paul, while I appreciate your comment, I'd like to squash the rumor that this recipe has balsamic because it doesn't! LOL!

      Lovesleftovers, if i had a fig tree, I would eat this every day! Lucky Mom.

      LetitiaFT, so happy to hear that you already have the pomegranate concentrate! If you have other recipes that use it, let me know. I'm on the hunt because it's truly delicious.

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      luv2hike 5 years ago

      This looks really good. Can't wait to try it !! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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      lovesleftovers 5 years ago from Texas

      This looks so yummy! What a great idea to add figs to a salad. I have to try it asap. My mom has a fig tree in her yard and I'm sure she'd love your recipe too! Voted up and shared :)

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Oh I am drewling with defininately share this!

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      Marzime 5 years ago

      I agree with Paul! Salads with goat cheese, balsamic, cranberries, and walnuts are so delicious as it is and now I'll throw in some figs.. why not! ;)

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      LetitiaFT 5 years ago from Paris via California

      I couldn't agree with you more on fresh fig salads (I posted one just last week!). I will definitely try yours with the mustard & pomegranate concentrate of which I happily have a bottle! Voted up!

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      Lena Kovadlo 5 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      This seems like a delicious recipe. I'd definitely try this summer salad. Not just eating it but making it too. :)

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      Paul Edmondson 5 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      This looks totally delicious. I love figs, goat cheese and balsamic.