According to my boyfriend, this is the most delicious thing he has eaten in the last few months. Isn’t that reason enough to make this salad? If a simple salad can please your boy more than Roast chicken with obscene amounts of garlic, Shakshuka, Momofuku pork buns or Lamb Ragout, don’t make a big effort anymore and just stick with the easy salads for this summer.

Its colours are bright and it looks so fresh and festive. Summer finally started in the Netherlands this week. It’s really sunny and hot and everyone ditched their jackets and long pants and switched to short skirts and trousers. This salad is really light, which is nice when it’s so hot and moreover, it helps you keep looking good in those short skirts.

The recipe calls for young pecorino, but I’ve used old pecorino. I was clumsy enough to write figs and ripe pecorino instead of ripe figs and young pecorino on my grocery list. I thought the old cheese paired pretty well with the rest of the ingredients, but if anyone has experience with using the young version, please let me know!

The recipe also calls for a humongous amount of figs, but they were really expensive on the farmers market, so I bought 5 figs and adjusted all the amounts to make a salad for 2.

I’ll give you the original recipe below.

Recipe from Ottolenghi: the Cookbook

2 tbsp good-quality honey
3 tbsp olive oil
600 g ripe green or black figs
300 g young pecorino or a similar cheese
80 g rocket, preferably wild
10 g basil leaves
coarse sea salt and black pepper

Whisk together the honey and olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cut the figs into quarters. Tear your hands to tear the cheese into large chunks.

Arrange the rocket, basil, figs and pecorino in layers on individual serving plates or a large platter. Drizzle over the honey dressing as you go along, and finish with some freshly ground pepper.

Update: Some of you noticed that the lettuce in the picture isn’t rocket. Personally I don’t really like rocket, it’s too peppery for my taste. I’ve used mâche, which is also called field salad and lamb’s lettuce (veldsla in Dutch). I prefer the milder taste of this lettuce.


142 Responses to “Salad with figs, pecorino, basil and honey.”

  1. Nin

    I will try your recipe, however my compliment is to the pictures…. they are great picture!

  2. Shannon

    I’m not sure black figs are something that’s available in too many places. That looks very yummy!!

  3. Carlie Chew

    Wow! This looks like the most amazing sale ever, I can’t wait to try it.

  4. Jacquelinex

    Looks beautiful and at first they looked like miniature watermelons. I agree, you eat with your eyes first.

  5. Amelia

    This looks delicious and those photos make me want to reach in and take one of those figs more myself!

  6. Veena

    Oh what a simple and gorgeous salad! I don’t think we have fresh figs yet in the Pacific Northwest where I live. Also, is that lamb’s lettuce (feldsalat in German, I don’t the name in Dutch)? It’s much milder than rocket salad and is actually one of my favorite salads! For anyone wondering, I’ve found it on occasion at Whole Foods. In the US, it’s often called by its French name: mâche.

  7. jdey@wordpress.ccom

    I love this recipe, the picture makes it look surreal, and I’ll enjoy serving this as an appetizer with summer meals on the patio, beach or social gatherings, It makes a compliment to any healthy meal, I am so thankful for returning back to the vegan life.. Thanks a bunch for sharing!!

  8. Miss Bossypants

    Wow, yum! Figs are so amazing in pretty much everything. I’ve mostly had them in a warm context, such as inside phyllo pastry appetizers, or warmed on crackers with a strong cheese. Thanks for sharing the idea for a cool summer salad!

  9. falgunihdesai

    Green figs are not available at my place, so difficult to try the recipes. But the photographs tempt me to pick one fig out of the plate and taste it.:) Congrats on being FP.

  10. sharingmyitaly

    Looks great! I love figs and they remind me of my childhood in Italy…It’s hard to find good ones here in the States where I live. Hopefully later in the season. BTW beatiful pictures!

    • martetatin

      Hi Reuben, I also think that, at least in the food department, my boyfriend is pretty lucky. But you’re the only one out of all the responses who pointed this out haha, thanks for noticing!

  11. joiez

    Going to Whole Foods tomorrow! LOVE the photo – has to be awesome. Thank you for sharing. :o)

  12. juststartwithmonday

    I’ve never thought of using basil as the base of a salad. What a great idea! This looks so yummy. Thanks for sharing.
    You Matter! Smiles, Nancy

  13. Razel

    Beautiful dish and photos! I have bookmarked this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  14. neigeblanche

    Looks delicious. No figs in Switzerland at the moment but will be sure to try this when they are. Thanks for sharing!

  15. martetatin

    Thank you for all your lovely comments! Fig season hasn’t really started in the Netherlands as well, but sometimes I’m able to get hold on some cheap ones at the farmer’s market. Actually, before I had this salad, I’d never tasted a fig – but turnes out I really like them. For everyone who has already tried or is going to try the recipe: I hope you’ve enjoyed or will enjoy it as much as I did.

  16. denise and sandy

    its a beautiful salad. the pictures are beautiful as well. figs are fairly inexpensive here in the summer. this salad will definitely be on our table this summer.

  17. onlakevictoria

    Love Ottolenghi’s recipes. I have the book Plenty and EVERYTHING in there is gorgeous. I recommend it for an evening of food porn

  18. Sujata

    i’m really into making salads these days and I will definitely try this out! Thank you so much for posting this recipe!!!

  19. Peter Parkorr

    Mmmm, figs are food from the gods!! I hope to eat a few hundred this summer, and I look forwarding to looking good in a skirt as per your suggestion too. :D

  20. Doug

    My girlfriend sent me to the store to get a rocket, figs, honey, and pecorino. So I got a nice three-stage rocket with an escape capsule and a parachute. I mounted the rocket on a launching stand in the backyard, put the dried figs in the capsule and sprayed the parachute with honey. After lauching it into space, the parachute came down covered in insects. I carefully brought the insects into the kitchen.
        “What’s this,” she said.

        “You can do a census of the insects in our area… um, or….”

        “What? Are you nuts?”

        “You’re a Biologist, aren’t you?”

        “Well, yeah, but it’s not done that way. Where are the things I told you to get?”

        “I launched the dried figs, and the honey, and ate the pecorino.”

        “Whaaaat? Why did you buy a toy when I sent you for food?”

        “You told be to get a rocket…”

        “No, no, no. It’s a salad. Rocket is Arugula or Eruca Sativa. It’s leaves. And you were supposed to get FRESH figs.”

        “Ut oh. I made dinner reservations at our favorite restaurant…”

    So we had a great dinner with pecorino and chicken or something and wine. And afterwards, with a little apology and forgiveness, I launched my rocket.

  21. Canadianbudgetbinder

    I’ve made this before and it’s simply … amazing! I actually grow fig trees in my back yard and can’t wait to start making this salad by picking them fresh from my yard! Excellent.

  22. Sarah

    Mouthwatering pics there! I want to try this salad so much! Unfortunately, fresh figs are very hard to find around here…very sad…

  23. La Cucina Di Kait

    a perfect summer sald..yum this looks so delicious and fresh!

  24. Christine

    Looks soo good! I’m especially jealous of the figs you have … I won’t be having such beautiful figs here in Massachusetts :( They’re usually shipped from California.
    Love to combo with the pecorino and basil! If I am able to get some decent figs, I’ll certainly be trying this with rocket :)

  25. jmait

    Woah…. I so do WISH that I could make/eat this salad. Sadly, figs in Germany are unbelievably expensive (1 euro per fig?!) so this will not happen. If I ever come across affordable figs… you bet I’ll be eating this for dinner that night! Beautiful pictures as well!

  26. burlesquebaker

    Such a pretty salad! And I love your photography. (Is it rude to ask what kind of camera you have?) I’m on the market for a camera!

  27. Emma Mayfair Mum

    Goodness the sight of those figs on Freshly Pressed is enough to leave my desk right now and go get dinner! Thanks for the assault on my senses ;) I expect you’re having an assault on your inbox/comments!

  28. Gabriella

    Ok seriously. I love figs, I love pecorino, I love basil and I love honey. This is like all of my dreams rolled into one. Beautiful photos too!

  29. ruzino

    Scusate se introduco una opinione diversa.
    La ricetta è molto, molto bella da vedere.
    Tuttavia, ho forti perplessità sull’abbinamento pecorino-basilico e soprattutto fichi-basilico.
    Ciao ciao

  30. azhunni

    This salad recipe is fantastic! This post was one of my favorite things from last week in blog world…mentioning you on my blog!

  31. aheikkinen

    Ooo looks so yummy. If I can find some fresh, ripe green figs in the store I will make this.
    Keep up the good job on yummy recipes.

  32. foodvixennyc

    Incredibly vivid photos!. I just want to grab a fig right out of my laptop screen. :D Great job. Congrats on being freshly pressed.

  33. Marta J

    Fantastic summer recipe! I love the mix of colors on the plate! Will have this dish in august when figs are super ripe so honey won’t be needed then :) Wonder if I can do the same thing with watermelon…


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