6 servings

Mix the tangy-sweet dressing up to three days ahead, and refrigerate.

How to Make It

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Ratings & Reviews

Vinrouge's Review

January 30, 2012
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.

rebmarch's Review

August 03, 2009
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.

RenoTX's Review

April 13, 2009
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!

chicago84's Review

January 29, 2009
I absolutely love this dressing. Sometimes I omit the broth. The flavors are incredible.

CaliforniaCook's Review

December 23, 2008
Love the arugula, goat cheese and dressing. Great flavors. Easy to make. Bacon can probably be substituted with pecans or walnuts - may try that next time.

ashleycovelli's Review

December 06, 2008
This salad has so many things I love in it - there's no way it would be bad! I thought it was interesting the the dressing has chicken broth in it...but it works!

bethany's Review

November 13, 2008
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!