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Salad with Blue Cheese, Figs, & Prosciutto


Valley Fig's Mesclun Salad with Blue Cheese, Figs, and Prosciutto
For the best results, buy a hunk of blue cheese and crumble it yourself. Microwaving the California Dried Figs - both dark purple Missions and amber-colored Goldens - with port plumps the figs and infuses them with flavor. Quartering the figs shows off their tiny, delightfully crunchy, edible seeds.
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Ingredients
  1. ⅓ cup ruby port
  2. 8 Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs, stemmed and quartered
  3. 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  4. 2 shallots, minced
  5. ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  6. 7 ounces (7 cups) mesclun greens
  7. 8 ⅛-inch-thick-slices prosciutto
  8. 6 ounces blue cheese, crumbled (about 1½ cups)
  9. Salt, to taste
  10. Ground black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine the port and the figs in a microwave safe bowl and microwave, covered, until the port bubbles, about 1 minute. Remove from the microwave and let sit until the figs have softened, about 5 minutes. Strain the figs, reserving the port.
  2. Combine the vinegar, shallots, and reserved port in large bowl. Slowly whisk in the olive oil until combined.
  3. Add the mesclun, prosciutto, blue cheese, and figs to bowl with dressing and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve.
Notes
  1. For more great recipes, visit the Valley Fig Growers' website.
  2. Recipe courtesy of America's Test Kitchen
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Valley Fig Growers

Valley Fig Growers (VFG) is located in Fresno, California. All of the commercially sold dried figs produced in the United States are grown in the Fresno area and north, in the fertile San Joaquin Valley. California represents 10% of the world production of dried figs. VFG was established in 1959 and is the largest handler of figs in North America. The cooperative has 25 grower members representing about 40% of the California fig industry. VFG markets its products worldwide. Retail products are sold under Valley Fig Growers own brand names of Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice, Sun-Maid and Old Orchard. For recipes developed by our fig experts, and more information about our cooperative and our products, please visit www.valleyfig.com. Updates, recipes and company news also can be found on Valley Fig Growers’ Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest accounts.

America's Test Kitchen

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