I’ve always said I love salads with fruit in them, not actual fruit salads so much, they remind me of school, but salads with slightly bitter greens and luscious, sweet fruit.
So it’s fig season here in Australia and as I always do, I ran out and picked up a whole heap of juicy, plump figs. The trick with savoury salads with fruit is to ensure contrasting flavours so I decided on salty, creamy Parmesan, crunchy walnuts, soft figs and crisp apple slices, greens and a nice, rich, orange scented dressing with extra virgin olive oil.
I like to throw together super easy yet decadent salads for myself when I’m home on my own, there’s no reason to always fall back on miso soup or cheese and crackers like I usually do!
Recipe for fig, apple and watercress salad:
2 medium sized figs, sliced
1 small apple, sliced
12g walnuts, chopped
50g watercress (or any greens you prefer)
20g Parmesan, thinly shredded
20mls extra virgin olive oil
10mls white wine vinegar
Scattering of orange zest
The green part of a couple of spring onions, sliced thinly
Add dressing ingredients to a bottle and shake well until combined, or alternately, add to a small bowl and whisk until creamy.
Place salad ingredients onto a pretty plate, drizzle over as much dressing as you like, find somewhere cosy to sit and enjoy.