Prep 30 mins
Cook 15 mins
This salad is from Rachel Ray........but simple, few ingredients and with the fig/wine dressing over the toasted hazelnuts and Manchego cheese............mmmmmm.....I served it at a dinner party and it was absolutely loved!!
- 9 fresh figs, stemmed and halved (recipe asks for Calimyrna, but I used Mission Figs)
- 1 3⁄4 cups dry red wine, yummmm (I used and Argentina Mendoza (Los Liebres)
- 2⁄3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1⁄4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- salt and pepper
- 1 (5 ounce) bag mesclun (any spring greens salad mix works well) or 1 (5 ounce) bagherb mixed salad greens (any spring greens salad mix works well)
- 4 ounces manchego cheese, shaved
- 1 cup hazelnuts, toasted and chopped
- 4 fresh figs, thinly sliced lengthwise
- Add 9 figs and wine to sauce pan.
- Bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool for 10 minutes.
- Using a blender, puree the fig mixture. Add the olive oil, brown sugar, vinegar and 1 teaspoon salt and blend until smooth. Season with freshly ground pepper.
- Place the greens, toasted hazelnuts and Manchego cheese shavings in a large bowl.
- Mix the dressing in with the salad to taste and toss well -- Top with fresh figs slices and more Manchego cheese/hazelnuts.
The dressing really makes this FABULOUS salad so special. The wine shines through nicely, I used Cabarnet Sauvignon. After pureeing the dressing, I felt it turned slightly too thick and maybe lacking bit of zing, but when it's folded in the salad, it's just perfect. If there was more zing from vinegar, the wine would not taste through the same. The hazelnuts are a must!
Great salad, the cheese is really special in it. For our tastes, I increased the vinegar to equal proportions with the oil and left the sugar out. You could still really taste the wine. Even for half a recipe, the dressing makes a ton, enough for at least a dozen salads, so plan accordingly.
Very very good. I made half a recipe last night and it turned out fabulous. I used cabernet sauvignon for the dry red wine and really the only change that I made was to toast some almonds as I do not care for hazelnuts much - although I know they are SO popular in Europe. Thanks, Scottschef, I love the dressing with the cheese.