Fig & Blue Cheese Salad and a Giveaway!

I feel like we’re friends and I can always be honest with you…so here goes, I just tried fresh figs for the first time last week. One thing I love about having a food blog is that I’m always getting to (as well as forcing myself) to try new things. I love finding new products and foods that I want to try and love when I discover new things. Before this week, my fig repertoire was fig newtons. Color me embarrassed. This all changed once the folks at From the Farm offered to send me these amazing figs from The Fig Lady in California.

I saw this literally a couple days after the From the Farm folks said that my fresh figs should be arriving soon. I almost died. So what did I do when they first arrived? I washed them, put most of them in the fridge and then proceeded to chow down on a few fresh figs with blue cheese. I was sad I didn’t have gorgonzola though. But still, amazing…and life changing.

I seriously am beginning to wonder…what the heck is wrong with me and where have fresh figs been all my life? My husband won’t try them, what’s wrong with him? I’m not sure why but in these cases I don’t complain, I don’t whine and I don’t say a word because my thought process is…more for me!!

Since the fresh figs and blue cheese went so well together, I thought I’d make a real simple salad with them. It’s basically some salad lettuce with my figs and blue cheese. I feel like saying would you like some lettuce with your figs & blue cheese? Trust me, just make sure you have a bite of cheese with each piece of fresh fig.

This salad is a great with a steak or on its own, double or triple the recipe to have it as a meal or to serve more people. The light & simple dressing lets the fresh figs and blue cheese be the star.

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Fig & Blue Cheese Salad Recipe

Yield: 1 salad

Ingredients:

1 Tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 1/2 Tablespoons olive oil

pepper

1 to 1 1/2 cups loosely packed lettuce, I used butter lettuces & Romaine, chopped

3 whole fresh figs, cut into wedges & then cut in half

1 ounce blue cheese crumbles


Directions:

Whisk together the vinegar and olive oil in a small bowl. Season with pepper to taste.


Prep lettuce and figs. Add to a salad plate, the lettuce, figs and blue cheese crumbles. Drizzle on dressing to your taste.


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Other fig recipes to try!

I’m going to make this salad about three more times and then make Paula’s fig preserves and Jessica’s crisp. I’m not holding back!!

The generous folks from From the Farm are offering a delivery of fresh figs to a lucky winner. I’m even jealous of the winner…yep.

A little bit about From the Farm launched in 2008 & they are the first online farmers’ market to offer consumers premium agricultural products shipped directly from family farms across the country. They do not warehouse any products; everything you purchase comes direct to you from the farm where it was grown.

The Prize: One box of Fresh Figs (Combo – Approx 4 pints)

Congrats to Sue E for winning the figs, enjoy!

How to Enter

Visit From the Farm and tell me about at least one of their products that you would like to receive ‘from the farm’ (be specific)!
And optional- tell me if you have tried figs before…share any recipe favorites you have in the comments!

Extra Entries

For five more extra chances to win, leave a separate comment for each type, saying you did the following:

  1. Follow BOTH The Little Kitchen and From the Farm on facebook.
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  3. Follow The Little Kitchen on twitter AND tweet the following:

    I would love to win a box of fresh figs from @FromTheFarm & @TheLittleKitchn http://bit.ly/PLppJu ends 9/1

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Details

U.S. Only. One winner will be chosen at random from all of the comments/entries posted here on this post. Be sure to do the mandatory entry and you’re entered into the giveaway. The extra entries are optional (do some or all, just leave a separate comment for each). Giveaway ends on Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 11:59 PM EST. Winner will be contacted via email supplied in the entry & will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. (By the way, if you already do any of the above optional entries, just leave a comment saying so.)

Disclosure: This giveaway is being sponsored by From the Farm. I received the same items the winner will receive. I received no monetary compensation and I only share brands that I’m a fan of and always share my honest opinions!