This is a salad with great ingredients. It is a super simple salad to make, essentially an assembly of ingredients in a bowl, so it is perfect when you are in a rush or after a long day. The highlight of the salad is the lovely figs, bright, sweet and delicious. They pair beautifully with the salty cheese and have a lovely pop of sweet-tartness from the balsamic. The mint and greens add the herb and the nutty tones of the walnut that complete the salad. This is a wonderful contemporary Middle Eastern salad that will fill you up quickly.
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6-7 fresh figs, stemmed and quartered
2 cups baby lettuces or arugula, roughly torn
10 oz. pecorino cheese, shaved, or, feta cheese, crumbles
1 cup walnuts, lightly toasted
A generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
3-4 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
A handful of mint leaves left whole
Arrange the leaves on the bottom of a shallow wide bowl. Top with the figs. Drizzle the olive oil and the balsamic all over the salad. Top with the shaved or crumbled cheese, walnuts and mint. Serve.
Note: Due to the acid in the balsamic vinegar, the salad will slowly wilt over time. Assemble just before you serve the salad.