I’m in love with this Balsamic Glazed Grilled Fig Salad, and am so excited to share it with you! Grilled fruit is a simple way to prepare and bring out the sweetness of many fruits, especially figs or stone fruits like peaches. Balsamic glazed grilled figs are a great combination of sweet and savory and work well with salads, or alongside grilled meats like steak or chicken. If you feel daring, you could also serve these figs as a dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Further down this post you’ll learn more about a special event that I’m participating in called Cookout Week, along with about 50 other bloggers. It’s going to be a fantastic way to gather a ton of delicious grilling recipes to last you well through the summer. In addition to bloggers sharing their grilling recipes, some special sponsors provided us with some wonderful in gradients to highlight in our recipes.
If you know me, you know that I’m fairly cheap…I don’t shop a lot and don’t spend a lot of money on anything but kitchen supplies and home decor. That being said, I do like to splurge on excellent ingredients for special meals. You would be amazed how much a high quality ingredient can boost a recipe. I’m working with an awesome sponsor, The French Farm, which specializes in imported European gourmet foods and kitchen accessories from small, family owned businesses.
They graciously sent me Terre Exotique Balsamic Vinegar Aged 10 Years, which is an amazing balsamic vinegar that is so smooth and rich, it doesn’t even need to be reduced! I also received Pebreye Truffle Honey that is wonderful. This honey has been infused with truffles and has truffle peelings scattered throughout the jar. It’s delicious with cheeses, ham, turkey and makes a great addition to vinaigrette. Lastly, they sent me an extra gift, Peybre Truffle Mayonnaise. This week, I’ll be using it to dress grilled asparagus. I think it would also go great in deviled eggs, chicken salad, or slathered onto a sandwich or burger!
This salad was simple to prepare and could be served as a main-dish salad by adding grilled chicken or steak on top. Also, if you don’t have figs, peaches would be a great substitute!
A special thank you to The Pinterest Kitchen for organizing CookOutWeek! Check out the details below and enter to win some awesome prizes!
- 10 whole figs, halved (or substitute with fresh peaches)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 5 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, divided (used: Terre Exotique Balsamic Vinegar Aged 10 Years)
- 8 cups baby salad greens
- ½ cup shaved parmesan or crumbled goat cheese
- ½ cup walnuts, coarsely chopped and toasted
- 6 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- ¼ cup truffle honey (used: Pebeyre Truffle Honey)
- ¾ cup light olive oil
- 1½ teaspoons Kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Preheat grill to 350 degrees.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar.
- Place fig halves into the bowl with the balsamic mixture. Toss very gently to coat.
- Place figs cut-side-down onto preheated grill. Grill for 2 to 3 minutes, until grill marks appear. Turn over using tongs and brush with balsamic vinegar and continue grilling for an additional 2 to 3 minutes.
- Remove figs to a platter and brush each fig on the cut side with more balsamic vinegar and drizzle lightly with truffle honey.
- In a separate bowl, place 8 cups baby salad greens and drizzle and toss with desired amount of dressing.
- To serve, place dressed salad onto plates and top with grilled figs. Drizzle lightly with additional balsamic vinegar and garnish with toasted walnuts and crumbled or shaved cheese. Serve immediately.
- Dressing: Combine all ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid and shake well until well combined.
It is finally summer, and you know what that means – picnics, BBQs, camping, pool parties, and… cookouts!
This year, we’ve got something special to celebrate! We joined forces with around 50 of our blogging friends to bring you #CookoutWeek – an entire week filled with yummy summer recipes perfect for your next cookout, along with a fun giveaway, courtesy of some awesome sponsors.
It’s super easy to enter, and one lucky winner will get:
- Char-Broil American Gourmet 600 Series Charcoal Grill (see specs here!)
- Edmond Fallot Dijon Mustard, French Farm Butcher Salt Box, & Confit of Figs & Balsamic Vinegar from The French Farm
- Sauce 3-Pack (Ketchup, BBQ, Veracha) from True Made Foods
- Wimpy’s BBQ Rub, Dilly Dust Seasoning, and Cheryl’s Jamaican Me Hungry Seasoning from Swine Dining
- A Perfect Pickler Kit from Perfect Pickler
- A gift basket of products from Fungus Among Us
- A gift bag of products from Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods
- All Natural Boneless Duck Breasts, Fully Cooked Roast Half Ducks w/Orange Sauce, Duck Bacon, Duck Wing Drummettes from Maple Leaf Farms
It’s pretty much everything you need to host an awesome cookout this summer. It’s a prize pack worth over $300! Thank you so much to all of the wonderful sponsors listed above, who have made #CookoutWeek possible.
Don’t forget to check back throughout the week with all of the bloggers participating to get some yummy #CookoutWeek recipes. Here’s the full list of participating bloggers:
The PinterTest Kitchen • 2 Cookin’ Mamas • A Day in the Life on the Farm • addicted 2 recipes • Aimee Broussard & Co. • Amy’s Cooking Adventures • Angels Home Sweet Homestead • Bakin’ and Eggcerpts • Balancing Motherhood • Body Rebooted • Cheese Curd In Paradise • Cindy’s Recipes and Writings • Cook With 5 Kids • Cook. Craft. Love. • Cookaholic Wife • Cricket’s Confections • Crumb: A Food Blog • Eat, Drink, Be Healthy! • Everyday Eileen • Fairyburger • Food Parsed • Get the Good Stuff! • Goodie Godmother • Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks • Home in the Finger Lakes • Jennifer Cooks • Jessie Weaver • Kate’s Recipe Box • Life on Food • Little House Big Alaska • Little Scratch Kitchen • Making Miracles • Moore or Less Cooking • Rhubarb and Honey • Savvy In The Kitchen • Seduction in the Kitchen • Simple Food 365 • Style Island • Thanks for Cookin’! • The Food Hunter’s Guide To Cuisine • The Hungary Buddha Eats the World • The Spiffy Cookie • The Weekday Gourmet • This is How I Cook • Tramplingrose • Vintage Kitty • West Via Midwest
Looking forward to sharing some yummy recipes with all of our readers.