Peppery rocket draped with flavoursome cured ham and sweet delicious figs, this salad is definitely something a little special.
I am obsessed with figs. Not only are they delicious, they are really pretty too. I spend all year waiting for them to come into season and then eat as many of them as possible. I am always shocked by how many people have never seen them let alone tried them. My mother in law had only tried them dried in fig rolls before and two of my friends at work had no idea what it was when I brought them into work.
I am making it my little mission to make as many people aware of figs as possible so I insisted that my friends tried them. You should have seen their faces, you would have thought I was asking them to try something really weird. They both thought the figs were alright which is a much better reaction than I thought I was going to get!
This is a great recipe to try if you haven’t eaten figs before because it is so easy and includes familiar ingredients too. Most people may associate figs with sweet dishes, like my Honey, Fig and Mascarpone Cupcakes. However figs go really well as part of a savoury dish and add a great sweetness. This salad makes a lovely starter or light lunch and is really healthy.
This salad is really simple and quick to whip up. I first made this just for myself thinking it wouldn’t be Mr Curly’s kind of thing. He had a little bit to give it a try and really liked it so ended up eating half of it! In the week since I made it, he has kept asking when I am going to make it again because he loved it.
I decided to use Prosciutto, but feel free to use Parma or Serano ham instead – just use whichever cured ham you fancy. With the dressing, you can either use balsamic vinegar or balsamic vinegar glaze. This recipe is definitely not set in stone, the quantities below are just a guide so if you want more of one ingredient, go for it.
Updated October 2017
1 bag of rocket
3 – 4 figs
4 slices of Prosciutto
Drizzle of balsamic vinegar or balsamic vinegar glaze
- Rinse the rocket if it hasn’t already been washed and scatter over your serving plate or bowl
- Cut the figs into quarters or sixths depending on how big they are and add them to the rocket
- Drape slices of Prosciutto over the plate
- Grate the Parmesan over the salad with a vegetable peeler so you get curls of cheese
- Drizzle the salad with balsamic vinegar