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Fig, Goat Cheese, and Toasted Pine Nut Salad

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I had dinner all planned , in my head that is.

Had written a grocery list, for this and that.

Drove to the store.

However, the first item I see in the produce department are these gorgeous ripe figs.

Game over.

Figs for dinner.

No question.

They are only in season from June until September, in our part of  Upstate New York.

There is an unwritten rule if you see them at the market, you have to buy them.

Okay not really, I made that up.

But I just love them, adore them, actually.

So it’s a big salad with figs for dinner.

Yep, that’s dinner.

Well, you would also have to  include some warm crusty bread, and a big cheese platter.

Also any cold cuts lurking in the fridge too.

That’s how we do salad for dinner.

Fig, Goat Cheese, and Toasted Pine Nut Salad

Fig, Goat Cheese, and Toasted Pine Nut Salad


  • Serves 4
  • 8 cups washed fresh arugula
  • 1 - 4oz log of goat cheese (we like the one coated in fine herbs)
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 12 fresh ripe figs, sliced in half
  • Vinaigrette
  • 6 Tbs olive oil
  • 3 Tbs champagne or white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • pinch of sugar
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper


Toss arugula in large bowl with 3/4 or so of vinaigrette and a sprinkle of salt and pepper, place on serving platter.

Scatter pine nuts and figs over arugula.

Place medallions of goat cheese on top (easier to slice if placed in freezer for 20 mins first).

Drizzle with remaining vinaigrette and serve.

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