• Serves: 2
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 5 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy

I’ve combined the sweetness of fresh figs with rich smoked chicken, tangy goats cheese and earthy walnuts. That’’s a powerful combination of flavours, so to balance it out there’’s a lovely canvas of crunchy green beans, peppery rocket, and a sharp-sweet dressing of olive oil and balsamic vinegar with a dash of citrus.

It’’s fig season! This time of the year always fills me with great joy. I can’’t get enough of these gorgeous, soft-skinned, plump and voluptuous fruits, bursting with juicy seeds and sticky-sweet perfume. Figs are undoubtedly one of the most beautiful ingredients in existence, and one of the most versatile.

While you can’’t beat figs as a sweet treat, I quite like to introduce them to savoury recipes, where their fresh sweetness forms a pleasant contrast to richer ingredients, and their beautiful pink colour adds drama. They’re particularly good in salads, especially where cheese is involved; –blue cheese, goats cheese and mozzarella all work well.

It’’s fresh but indulgent at the same time, and the best thing about this salad is the gorgeous array of colours; deep green, creamy white, nutty brown, and ripe, rich, vibrant pink. A perfect dish to wake up the taste buds as autumn creeps slowly and inexorably towards us.


here's what you'll need...

  • 100g green beans, trimmed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • A squeeze of lemon or lime juice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 100g rocket
  • 1 smoked chicken breast
  • 6 fresh figs
  • 100g soft goats cheese
  • 50g walnuts

Goats cheese and fig salad ingredients

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here's how it's done...

  • 1

    First, cook the green beans in boiling salted water for 3 minutes, then drain and set aside.

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  • 2

    Meanwhile, make the dressing by whisking together the olive oil, balsamic, lemon/lime juice and some salt and pepper in a large bowl.

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  • 3

    Toss the warm green beans in the dressing with the rocket and quarter the figs.

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  • 4

    Slice the chicken breast and toss together with the beans and rocket, then divide between two plates.

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  • 5

    Crumble over the goats cheese and walnuts. Drizzle with a little more balsamic, if you like, then serve immediately.

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By Elly McCausland on 07.10.13

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