10-Minute Fresh Fig Salad Recipe With Artisan Lettuce and Goat Cheese
Nov 01, 2023
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We’re at that beautiful yet tricky time of year when summer is slowly, but surely turning into Fall, and it’s cool in the morning but warms up by lunchtime.
What better way to welcome the crisp air and changing leaves of fall than with a sweet and creamy fig salad recipe? Toss some Taimura & Antle Artisan® Lettuce with nutty Tahini dressing and throw on a few toppings for a quick weeknight meal or side.
You are sure to feel satisfied and energized after having this light and crisp salad recipe. Bonus points for the flexibility it offers – you can easily double (or triple!) this recipe for large gatherings and get-togethers. The Fig Salad with Artisan Lettuce and Goat Cheese is a beautiful show-stopping salad that will have all of your guests coming back from more!
Fig Salad is sponsored by Tanimura & Antle®.
You’ll love this Fig Salad with Artisan Lettuce because it’s:
- Ready in 10 minutes
Keep reading to see how simple this no-cook, weeknight meal comes together.
We promised that this recipe is quick and easy. You only need five ingredients to make your salad. We’re listing the Fig Salad With Artisan Lettuce ingredients next, but be sure to check the recipe card below to make sure you’ve got the vinaigrette ingredients on hand as well.
Ok, let’s get started.
1. Tanimura & Antle Artisan® Lettuce
Each package of Tanimura & Antle Artisan® Lettuce comes with four petite heads of lettuce. Each variety is carefully selected from the six types of lettuce, with flavors that complement each other perfectly. Since we’re usinguse two packages, you’ll have enough lettuce to make eight salads as a main meal! For a family of four, you get two meals out of this easy, quick, and fresh fig salad recipe.
Figs are the perfect addition to your fresh fall salad. With a mild fruity flavor and a taste similar to dried raisins or dates, figs add just the right amount of sweetness. The jam-like flesh balances the crispness of the Tanimura & Antle Artisan® Lettuce and the creamy goat cheese chunks. Cut your figs into halves or quarters, depending on the size, for a bite of sweetness (The kids love it, too)!
Look for a bag of toasted pecans at the grocery store in the baking aisle. They are especially easy to find during the fall and early winter months because of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Toasted pecans bring out the nuttiness and add an extra layer of flavor to your salad.
If you can’t find already toasted pecans, buy plain nuts and bake them at 350℉ for five to ten minutes.
4. Goat Cheese
Salads are an easy way to toss a balanced meal together quickly. Add crumbled goat cheese to your fig salad for a rich, creamy flavor. Use your fingers to break it into pieces and sprinkle the goat cheese chunks on top of your fig salad.
If you don’t see goat cheese in the dairy section of your grocery store, look for its French name, “chèvre cheese”.
5. Hemp Seeds
Also known as hemp hearts, hemp seeds are grain-free with healthy fats, protein, and fiber. Although small, they are nutrient dense and aid in digestion, promote clearer skin, and help reduce inflammation.1 However, since hemp seeds are high in fats and calories, it’s best to eat them in moderation. You’ll only need half of a cup to make your fig salad a balanced meal for your family.
Look for hemp seeds (or hearts) in the aisle with the nuts and seeds or the organic and natural foods.
How to Make Fig Salad Dressing
Step 1: Add the balsamic vinegar, tahini, mustard, lemon juice, honey, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to a mason jar. Put the lid on tight and vigorously shake the jar to combine the dressing ingredients.
How to Make Fig Salad
Step 2: Remove the petite lettuce heads from the packages and tear or chop each head. Because Tanimura & Antle field packs everything for optimum freshness, be sure to rinse your chopped lettuce in a colander or salad spinner. If you have time, let the lettuce crisp in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes. Add your Tanimura & Antle Artisan® Lettuce to a large salad bowl and pour half of your dressing over the top of the lettuce. Use salad tongs to toss the lettuce until it’s coated with the vinaigrette.
Step 3: Rinse your figs under cold water. Then, use a knife to cut off the stems and cut your figs in half lengthwise from the stem to the bottom. If your figs are large, cut each half again to make quarters, or if you prefer smaller pieces. Sprinkle the figs over the top of your lettuce.
Step 4: Slowly pour the remaining dressing over the top of your lettuce and figs. Distribute evenly.
Step 5: Use your fingers to pull apart pieces of goat cheese. Sprinkle them evenly on your salad.
Step 6: Scatter the pecans and hemp seeds, and serve your your delicious Fig Salad With Artisan Lettuce.
How to Select Artisan Lettuce
Tanimura & Antle® makes it easy to get beautiful lettuce for your fig salad, every time. Artisan lettuce heads are small, vibrant green or dark purple with soft, yet crisp leaves. When you find the Tanaimura & Antle® label, you know you are getting quality lettuce.
Related: Tanimura & Antle® Farming Heritage.
How to Store Artisan Lettuce
Storage is simple when selecting when it comes to Tanimura & Antle Artisan® Lettuce. Tanimura & Antle® packs their lettuce right in the field it was harvested from. That means it isn’t washed before packing, so it stays fresh longer. Leave the small heads of lettuce in the package until you’re ready to use. Remember to wash your lettuce before you use it for all your delicious, nutritious meals.
Why We Love Tanimura & Antle®
As moms, we care about where our food comes from – Tanimura & Antle® is just as cautious about where and how they grow their lettuce and produce. In fact, their drive to meet and exceed federal and state requirements makes them a leader in the produce industry when it comes to food safety.
You can always count on Tanimura & Antle® to provide buttery, green, fresh lettuce for you and your family.
Look for the plastic containers with the maroon and white label on the side in the produce section for high-quality lettuce to include in all of your favorite dishes.
More Fall Salad Recipes
- Mini Pumpkin Berry Fruit Salad — fruit salad served inside baby pumpkins
- Squash and Dried Cranberry Salad — autumn flavors over a base of artisan lettuce
- Apple, Cranberry, and Kale Salad — sweet, tart, and luxurious fall salad
- Apple, Farro, and Gouda Salad — hearty, light, and filling for the perfect lunch
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup tahini
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 whole lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 packages Tanimura & Antle Artisan® Lettuce
- 24 figs stems removed and halved
- 1 cup toasted pecans
- 1 cup crumbled goat cheese
- 1/2 cup hemp seeds
- cracked pepper to taste
- salt to taste
- Add all of the dressing ingredients – balsamic vinegar, tahini, mustard, lemon juice, honey, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to a mason jar. Shake until dressing ingredients are mixed.
- Cut off the stems and half or quarter the figs, depending on size, and set aside in a small to medium bowl.
- In a large salad bowl, use tongs to toss all of the Tanimura & Antle® Artisan Lettuce with half of the vinaigrette.
- Place the figs on top of the salad.
- Drizzle the salad with the remaining half of the vinaigrette.
- Sprinkle the pecans, goat cheese, and hemp seeds evenly over the top.
- Optional: Sprinkle a few grinds of cracked pepper and a few pinches of sea salt on top.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.