This delicious, bright, and light Fig Pear Feta Salad with crunchy walnuts and tart dried cranberries is exactly what we all need during these cold gloomy days.
But wait. Could you imagine I wasn’t going to publish it? I’ll explain. I’ve got a rule. Once in a while, 3-4 times per year, I sort out my archives of the unpublished pictures. I take quite a lot of food snaps so I just cannot publish them all on my blog. Thus, I select a number of recipes and the pictures which don’t deserve to be here. There are a few other, more profound reasons, but I don’t want to make you bored.
I picked this Fig Pear Feta Salad among some other works to be posted on Instagram and then destroyed.
However, when few days back I shared this on my Instagram account, I found out it was quite a pretty salad. How could someone be so blind to trash it? This one definitely deserved to be published. And you all deserve to see it.
All right, this was settled. The next little question was to identify all the ingredients – I made it in September so I might have forgotten some details.
That’s good that most of my salads are simple. So figs, pears, cranberries, walnuts, arugula, walnuts, and edible flowers. That’s obvious. I didn’t worry about the dressing cause usually I drizzle salads with a bit of oil and vinegar. I mean, I would have known if I made a more sophisticated dressing.
But wait. I noticed the proteins! However, I could hardly recognize it. It could have been either the chicken bacon or some Italian or Spanish meats. Too many options, indeed.
Relax, Ben – I told to myself. You’ve got a beautiful black folder where you keep your recipes.
Yup, I am an old-fashioned guy who makes the handwrite notes while cooking. I still believe in a hard copy.
However, I didn’t find any notes on this salad. I might have thought it was too simple to write the full recipe down. Cannot agree more indeed, but that didn’t help to solve my issue.
All right, I have a tablet where I used to keep some notes as well.
Bingo! I found the recipe. Pears, figs, feta, cranberries, walnuts, arugula, fig infused vinegar.
Wait a minute. There’s my protein? It wasn’t mentioned either. I must have though it wasn’t that significant.
And I told you that I don’t trust all these devices. A hard copy is the best. When you don’t forget to write down everything, I guess. Well. Never mind.
That’s sad. But that won’t refrain me from posting this Fig Pear Feta Salad. Because you can always say something like that: chicken bacon, prosciutto, or other protein of your choice. Right?:)
Do you make the notes while cooking and how do you organize them? Have you ever had a situation when you could not remember some important info about the recipe?
Delicious, bright, and light Fig Pear Feta Salad with crunchy walnuts, peppery arugula, and tart cranberries.
- 1 large ripe juicy pear, sliced
- 3-4 fresh figs, quartered
- 2 handfuls of arugula
- 1/3 cup feta, crumbled
- 1/3 cup walnuts
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 3-4 strips of chicken bacon, prosciutto, or other protein of your choice, torn
- a few drizzles of fig infused white vinegar
- If you're using the chicken bacon, cook in in a pan until slightly crispy and golden, as recommended on the package. You can make crispy pancetta as well.
- In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients and drizzle them with a bit of the vinegar.
- Serve at once.