Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese, Bacon, and Balsamic-Fig Dressing
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 dried Black Mission figs, chopped
3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons honey
1/2 teaspoon minced shallots
1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
8 cups trimmed arugula (about 4 ounces)
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 center-cut bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
2 tablespoons crumbled goat cheese
How to Make It
To prepare dressing, combine balsamic vinegar and figs in a small saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Cover, remove from heat, and let stand 15 minutes. Combine vinegar mixture, 3 tablespoons water, and next 5 ingredients (through thyme) in a blender; process until smooth.
To prepare salad, place 1 1/3 cups arugula on each of 6 plates. Divide onion evenly among plates. Drizzle about 3 tablespoons dressing over each serving; sprinkle evenly with pepper and salt. Sprinkle evenly with bacon. Top each serving with 1 teaspoon goat cheese. Serve immediately.
Wow, a definite keeper! This salad is fancy restaurant worthy. I substituted green onion for the red because that's what I had, and loved it. Milder than red onion would have been and easier to slice thin. Shaved parmesan would also be great in place of the feta.
I misread the recipe initially and purchased fresh figs. I went ahead and made the dressing and liked it a lot, we continued to use the left over dressing on our salads all week. I then tried it a second time using dried figs (I couldn't find dried Black Mission Figs, they were just labelled Turkish Figs, I don't know if this makes a difference), I found the dressing a lot chunkier and a lot stronger in flavor. My preference was for the dressing made with the fresh figs. I also substitued roasted walnuts for the bacon.
Love the fig dressing. I didn't blend it that long, and it was a bit thick/chunky, but I liked getting chunks of figs with bites of the dressing. This salad has a lot of strong flavors that go very well together. My family gobbled it up!
Excellent! Need the arugula to balance out the tangy dressing. My dressing did not come out thick and it was the perfect consistency - I used my mini food processor to blend everything. I also could not find any figs- I was at Trader Joes looking- so I used dates. I think it still tasted excellent!
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