Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner
6 servings

The contrasting flavors of the sweet fruit and tangy lime juice plus the variety of textures in the fruits, nuts, and vegetables create an intriguing and beautiful first course.

How to Make It

Step 1

Prepare grill to medium-high heat.

Step 2

Brush 1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce over cut sides of figs. Place figs, cut side down, on a grill rack; grill 1 minute on each side or until lightly browned. Remove from grill.

Step 3

Combine remaining 1 tablespoon soy sauce, juice, honey, oil, garlic, and salt; stir with a whisk.

Step 4

Combine arugula, spinach, celery, onion, and pepper. Arrange 2 cantaloupe wedges on each of 6 plates. Top each serving with about 1 cup arugula mixture, 3 fig halves, and 1 1/2 teaspoons nuts; drizzle with about 1 1/2 tablespoons dressing.

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Ratings & Reviews

Unique and good

December 02, 2015
I only used spinach because the family isn't a fan of arugula.  And as fresh figs aren't in season, I picked up some good quality dried figs and cut them into quarters.  Still very good ~ can't wait to use the fresh figs!  Next time I'll cut back on the red onion.  I can't help but think a sprinkle of gorgonzola would make this dish.

meadry's Review

September 22, 2009
Every ingredient in this salad stands out as a star and makes a contrabution to the final persentation and taste. It is a beautifully constructed salad. Depending upon the tartness of the lime you are using, you may want a little more or less of the honey. Besides as a side salad and starter, I also served it as a light lunch with Seeduction Bread from Whole Foods and a very nice local fresh goat cheese. Yummy together.

carolfitz's Review

August 16, 2009
Made to recipe, except used less-expensive store blend of arugula, spinach, radicchio. The dressing was too sweet for us so added a bit more lime & soy. Recommend you blend honey to taste rather than the full amount, til the dressing seems right for you. Other than that, the salad was great, beautiful presentation. Served as starter to CL's lemon oregano lamb chops. Great meal.