Jarlsberg Apple Walnut Figgy Salad
This salad has it’s own recipe for spicy walnuts and a walnut dressing, created by Chef Stephen Lewandowski of Tribeca Grill in NYC.
-Courtesy of Ronnie Campbell; Created by Chef Stephen Lewandowski, Tribeca Grill, NYC
Makes 4 Servings
6 fresh black mission figs
12 slices Jarlsberg cheese
12 sprigs of mint
12 teaspoons butter
12 thin slices prosciutto
12 toothpicks (optional)
4-ounce container watercress, baby cress, or mixed micro greens
12 spicy walnuts (recipe below)
Walnut dressing (recipe below)
4 tablespoons small diced Red Delicious apples, sauteed with sugar and butter
4 teaspoons fig balsamico (or use balsamic vinegar)
4 teaspoons chopped chives
4 dried apple slices (optional garnish)
1. Slice figs into halves and stuff each with a slice of cheese and sprig of mint. On a hot griddle, melt ½ teaspoon butter. Add figs and let brown about a minute on each side, until golden brown and cheese is melted. Wrap each with a slice of prosciutto and, if desired, secure with a toothpick.
2. Combine watercress and walnuts; toss with walnut dressing. Meanwhile, warm up cooked apples and add to salad. Divide salad between 4 plates, top each serving with 3 figs, then drizzle fig balsamico and chopped chives overall. If desired, garnish with dried apple slices.
Ingredients for Spicy Walnuts:
2 pounds walnuts
2 cups molasses
¾ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¾ teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1. Blanch nuts in boiling water 30 seconds. Transfer to baking sheet and dry out in low oven (250o) ½ hour. In bowl, mix remaining ingredients. Add nuts and toss to coat evenly. Lay walnuts out on baking sheet and dry in low oven another ½ hour.
Ingredients for Walnut Dressing:
8 ounces white vinegar
4 tablespoons minced shallots
¾ teaspoon cumin
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons fines herbes
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 quart walnut oil
1. Combine first 6 ingredients, then slowly whisk in oil. Makes about 5 cups.
Are you more of a fruit than a nut fan? Then try this Pear Salad with POM Honey Dijon Dressing and Blue Cheese Crumbles, or something else from our Recipe File.