Savour the flavours of the season with this fabulous fresh fig arugula salad with blackberries, goat cheese and walnuts. Fresh fig salad is a summertime treat! This post also includes tips for how to tell when a fig is ripe.
This Fresh Fig Arugula Salad is so pretty, seriously tasty, and packed full of healthy greens, berries, nuts, cheese and luscious figs!
When the figs on my tree are ripening and the branches are bending over with the weight of these sweet juicy morsels, one of the first recipes I make is this beautiful fresh fig arugula salad. Next up, my Honey-Roasted Fig and Burrata Crostini and then these simple Fresh Figs with Goat Cheese and Honey!
If you've never had fresh figs before, you're missing out on one of life's little pleasures. Fresh figs are luscious. When you bite into their slightly chewy smooth skin, the inside bursts and fills your mouth with a delicate sweetness.
\While some people find the seeds in dried figs annoying, fresh figs have none of that nonsense.
Here's your short list of ingredients for this fresh fig salad.
- baby arugula leaves: these have a slight peppery taste which contrasts beautifully with sweet figs
- fresh figs: any sweet variety. See the section below for how to choose a fig.
- fresh blackberries: fully ripe and sweet
- goat cheese: soft and creamy
- walnuts: just a few for a crunchy surprise in every bite
- a simple balsamic vinaigrette made with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey and Dijon mustard
Where I live, wild blackberries and figs ripen at the same time, so it makes sense to pick a bucket or two of fresh berries and combine the two in this beautiful fresh fig salad.
Blackberries have one of the highest antioxidant levels of all fruit and their high tannin content can help to reduce intestinal inflammation. A superfood, right on our doorstep, and they're free!
Arrange freshly washed and dried arugula leaves on a platter (or in individual bowls), add teaspoon-sized dollops of goat cheese, fresh blackberries and chopped walnuts.
Toss this fresh fig salad with a simple honey-balsamic vinaigrette just before serving and savour the tastes of summertime!
👍🏼 How to tell if a fig is ripe
Here are some tips to help you choose the best figs.
If you're lucky enough to pick figs fresh from a tree, look for the ones that are just beginning to droop from a branch. When they ripen, they get heavy with juice, and their small stem begins to bend.
If you're buying them from your farmer's market or a store, look for those with smooth, unblemished skin. They should be slightly firm. Avoid those that are too soft, or too hard.
Fresh figs have a short shelf life and bruise easily, so they need to be stored in the refrigerator and used within a day or two.
🔁 Possible Variations
I made this fig salad with arugula because I love its peppery taste and it provides a perfect contrast to sweet fruits and berries. You can also substitute an arugula salad mix.
I added goat cheese and walnuts, but you could easily substitute your favourite cheese and nuts. Try blue cheese or gorgonzola for intense flavour! Salty parmesan or pecorino with pecans would be a great flavour choice too.
I highly recommend this fresh fig salad!
Fresh Fig Arugula Salad with Blackberries
- 4 cups arugula leaves, washed and dried
- 4 to 6 fresh figs, washed, stems removed and quartered or sliced in ⅛ths
- 1 cup fresh blackberries
- ½ cup goat cheese
- ½ cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- ¼ cup olive oil extra virgin
- coarse sea salt and pepper to taste
- In a small jar or bowl, whisk together the Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette ingredients. Set aside to allow flavours to blend. Set aside.
- On a serving platter, arrange arugula leaves. Top with quartered figs, blackberries, and teaspoon-sized lumps of goat cheese. Sprinkle with walnuts.
- Just before serving, drizzle the salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette.