Valley Fig Growers

Mesclun Salad with Blue Cheese, California Figs, and Prosciutto

For the best results, buy a hunk of blue cheese and crumble it yourself. Microwaving the figs and port together plumps the figs and also infuses them with flavor.

Makes 4

Ingredients

1/3 cup ruby port 

8 Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs, stemmed and quartered

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 shallots, minced

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

7 ounces (7 cups) mesclun 

8 (1/8-inch-thick) slices prosciutto

6 ounces blue cheese, crumbled (1 1/2 cups)

Salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Combine port and figs in bowl and microwave, covered, until port is bubbling, about 1 minute. Let sit until figs have softened, about 5 minutes. Strain figs, reserving port. 
  2. Combine vinegar, shallots, and reserved port in large bowl. Slowly whisk in oil until combined. 
  3. Add mesclun, prosciutto, blue cheese, and figs to bowl with dressing and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve.
 
 

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