Honey and figs are a match made in heaven! Fresh figs are lusciously sweet and have a unique texture. Give them a try when they’re available during the hot summer months, and throw together this classic Mediterranean salad in minutes. If you’re lucky enough to have an Italian deli in your neighbourhood, you should be able to find reasonably priced fresh figs and pecorino.
3 basil leaves, finely chopped
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp lemon juice
2–3 fresh figs, to taste, cut into quarters
25g/1oz pecorino cheese
1 tbsp walnuts
6 red chicory/Belgian endive leaves, shredded
1 handful of rocket/arugula leaves
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Makes 1 lunch
Put the basil, oil, lemon juice and honey into a small sealable container. Season with sea salt and plenty of black pepper. Put on the lid and shake until well mixed.
Put the figs in a separate sealable container. Use a potato peeler to slice slithers of pecorino over the figs. Scatter over the walnuts, chicory/Belgian endive and rocket/arugula.
Seal the container and pack the dressing to take with you.
Ready to eat
Pour the dressing over the salad and mix thoroughly.
Make a change
Crumbly goat’s cheese or a few slices of Parma ham/prosciutto would also work well in this salad.
Full of fibre, figs help to regulate your digestive system, as you may already know. They are also a good source of bone-strengthening calcium and potassium to help keep your blood pressure within a healthy range.