Caramelized Fig Walnut Salad

Caramelized Fig Walnut Salad

This Caramelized Fig Walnut Salad is buttery, rich, and subtly sweet yet savoury and herbaceous. If you have some fresh figs on hand, I would recommend this recipe.

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Caramelized Fig Walnut Salad

Hello everyone! I hope you are doing well. After all, the weekend is not that far, so be strong!

As you can see, I am with a fig recipe today. Fresh figs in January? First of all, I made this salad last fall when we had plenty of cheap figs available. Besides – I am not sure how about place you live – but in Canada fresh figs in grocery stores appear randomly throughout the year. Especially in late summer/early fall and in winter. That said, you never know when you get your hands on fresh figs – so you need to be prepared!

Caramelized Fig Walnut Salad

This Caramelized Fig Walnut Salad is ridiculously easy to make, and it’s utterly delicious!

The caramelized fig walnut topping is so good that you can enjoy it as a snack or even dessert (Think of an addition to cheese plate!) First, you will need to toast walnuts with butter and honey for a few minutes, until glossy and fragrant. Then you will need to add fresh figs along with thyme, salt, and pepper. Sauté for a few minutes and voila – it’s ready!

So buttery, so good. Try resisting to munch on all of it before making the salad :)

Also, you can add some shredded or crumbled cheese, preferably salty (such as feta, goat’s cheese or blue cheese) to balance out the sweetness.

More Fig Recipes

Looking for more fig recipes? I’ve got some!

Fig Walnut Honey Oatmeal

Maple Fig Jam

Fig Blue Cheese Flatbread

Fig Avocado Smoked Salmon Salad

More Salad Ideas for Winter

Interested in more winter salad recipes? I’ve got even more!

Seaweed Salad with Smoked Salmon

Mediterranean Buckwheat Salad

Roasted Grape Salad

Pomegranate Bracelet Salad

Eggplant Crispy Chickpea Salad

Caramelized Vegetable Salmon Salad

Orange Fennel Pecan Salad

I hope you like this Caramelized Fig Walnut Salad, and you will give it a try soon. If you make it, let me know in this post or send me an Instagram message or share you photos adding the hashtag #havocinthekitchen.


Caramelized Fig Walnut Salad
Caramelized Fig Walnut Salad

Caramelized Fig Walnut Salad

Recipe by Ben | HavocinthekitchenCourse: Main, Salads


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This Caramelized Fig Walnut Salad is buttery, rich, and subtly sweet yet savoury and herbaceous. Serves 2 as main course, or 4-6 as a side dish.


  • 2 tbsp. butter

  • 2-4 tbsp. honey (or maple syrup)

  • 2/3 cup walnuts, roughly chopped

  • about 5-6 fresh figs, halved or quartered

  • 1 tsp. fresh thyme

  • salt and pepper, to taste

  • 3-4 handfuls greens of your choice (such as spinach or arugula)

  • 1 tsp. of olive oil, optional

  • crumbled or shredded cheese (such as feta or goat’s cheese), optional


  • In a pan combine the butter and honey over medium heat and cook for 2 minutes, until thickened a bit.
  • Decrease heat to low-medium. Stir in the walnuts and sauté, tossing occasionally, for about 5 minutes, until lightly browned and fragrant.
  • Add the figs, thyme, and season with salt and pepper. Cook for another 2 minutes or so, until the figs are nice, soft, and glossy but not mushy. Off heat and cool slightly.
  • Simply divide the salad greens between plates and top with the fig-walnut mixture. In my opinion, the salad does not require any dressings, but if desired, you can simply drizzle with the olive oil. Also, if desired, sprinkle with some cheese. Enjoy!

26 thoughts on “Caramelized Fig Walnut Salad

  1. David @ Spiced says:

    I may have mentioned this before, but we have a giant (and I mean giant!) fig tree in our backyard in the new house here in North Carolina. We had so many fresh figs this past fall that we didn’t know what to do with them all! Saving this recipe for next fall – it sounds delicious!
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  2. Michelle says:

    What a beautiful salad – love that you caramelized the figs, one of my fave fruits — all those textures together, delicious!

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