The Fig.

Grown by the ancient Romans, Egyptians and Greeks, this beautifully fleshy fruit is grown on a deciduous tree in the warmer months. So when summer rolls around, fig lovers rejoice! And unless you do count down the days until they are in season, it’s a real treat when you stumble across a fresh fig during a spot of shopping.

Serving many savoury and sweet purposes, today we combine the two and offer you a recipe from the Italian gods: The Fig, Goats Cheese and Prosciutto Salad.

Impress guests as a side dish, or enjoy as a wholesome, healthy meal. Figs are full of fibre, potassium and a very high source of calcium.  It’s almost unbelievable how healthy these gorgeous gems are in how sweet they taste. But it’s fact – a guilt-free pleasure.

Recipe below: Enjoy!




CONTINENT:          South Europe

COUNTRY:               Italy

RECIPE TYPE:        Salad

SERVES:                   4

TIME:                        25 Mins


What you need:

  • 6 ripe figs
  • 200g Meredith or Holy Goats soft goats cheese
  • 150g rocket
  • ½ red onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 cup (100g) Maxted’s local hand-shelled walnuts
  • 4 rashes Istra prosciutto



All available from our Wholefoods store.









  • Either use Let’s Get Saucy’s Rasberry Balsamic Dressing (in image) or make this one.
  • 1/3 cup frozen raspberries
  • 3 tbs white wine vinegar
  • 3 tbs Salute extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp soft brown sugar
  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 small garlic clove crushed


What to do:

  • Heat oven to 180 C and put slices of prosciutto onto a baking tray and cook until crispy. Set aside to cool.
  • Cut the figs into wedges and chop the cheese.
  • Toss all salad ingredients together in a bowl.
  • For the dressing (if you’re choosing to make your own), combine berries and vinegar in a pan and bring to boil. Removed from heat and cool, then strain berries and keep the liquid – this is the bit you want.  Combine 3tbs of this liquid with the other dressing ingredients into a jar and give a good shake (with lid on of course).
  • Dress salad, toss gently and serve.


How to serve:

  • In a gorgeous bowl to devour for one, or to place in the middle of a table of four. You decide….