Randy Mayor
4 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)

The combination of flavors in this salad recipe-- sweet figs, sharp cheese, and peppery arugula-- couldn't be better; it received the highest rating in our Test Kitchens.

How to Make It

Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl; stir well with a whisk. Add figs; cover and let stand 20 minutes. Add arugula and pepper; toss well. Top with cheese. Serve immediately.

Ratings & Reviews

Napes77's Review

June 27, 2014
Agree with all the reviews - this is an outstanding salad and the combination of fresh figs, arugula and parmesan is delicious! Definitely must use a good quality balsamic vinegar!

Surfergirlchef's Review

August 04, 2011
This salad is outstanding, I have made this salad for years. Always use fresh figs and good quality balsamic vinegar. You will not regret it.

Bellely's Review

January 07, 2010
Figs were not in season, so I substituted red pears. Delicious! So easy and healthy. I have also altered this salad and removed the fruit and added sliced tenderloin or strip steak for a more substantial dinner salad. Will make this one every time and can't wait to try it when fresh figs are in season!

CAAlexander's Review

October 28, 2009
I've been threatening to try this recipe since 2000. My loss for waiting. It's my favorite salad of all time. Follow the recipe to a "T" and don't substitute dried figs. Use the best quality Balsamic and you won't be disappointed.

dory92064's Review

October 10, 2009
I loved this salad. It's so simple to prepare and rivals what you'd get at an expensive restaurant. I used fresh mission figs. Served the salad with CL Halibut w/Charmoula and roasted sweet potatoes and bottle of good Spanish white wine.

MerBear22's Review

March 07, 2009
I couldn't find fresh figs for this, so I subbed a red pear instead. It was fantastic! I made this for someone who wasn't completely sold on arugula and he couldn't stop raving about it.