Fennel-Celery Salad with Figs and Blue Cheese. A delicate salad of fennel and celery with surprising bursts of flavour from shallots, figs, blue cheese and walnuts. Will make this one again and again! |www.flavourandsavour.com
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Fennel-Celery Salad with Figs and Blue Cheese

This Fennel-Celery Salad with Figs and Blue Cheese is a delicate mix of fennel and celery with surprising bursts of flavour from shallots, figs, blue cheese and walnuts. 
Course Salad
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 218kcal
Author Flavour & Savour

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup walnuts coarsely chopped

Fig Marinade

  • 3 dried Turkish figs coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 medium shallot sliced thinly
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar

Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 medium shallot finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp grainy Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Salad

  • 1/2 fennel bulb cored and sliced paper thin
  • 4 stalks celery thinly sliced on diagonal
  • 2 oz. blue cheese crumbled

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 375°F and toast walnuts until lightly browned. Cool.
  • In a small bowl, combine figs, remaining 1/4 shallot (sliced) and 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar and let stand to soften while you prepare the rest of the salad.
  • Finely chop 1/4 of a shallot and combine with mustard, honey and 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar in a small jar with a lid. Shake and set aside.
  • Toss fennel, celery, blue cheese, and toasted walnuts in a medium bowl. Just before serving, drain figs and shallots and add to bowl. Drizzle with vinaigrette, toss and serve.

Notes

This recipe can be made ahead of time. 
Make the vinaigrette the day before, cover and chill.
Soak the figs and shallots up to 4 hours ahead, cover and let stand at room temperature.
Slice the fennel and celery up to 4 hours ahead. Cover with a damp towel and refrigerate.

Nutrition

Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 289mg | Potassium: 293mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 325IU | Vitamin C: 4.8mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 0.6mg