This is a simple and effective little salad that is suitable served as a first course or as a cheese course.

Ingredients

 This is a simple and effective little salad that is suitable served as a first course or as a cheese course. 

Serves: 

  •  4 ripe figs 
  • 4 slices of soft goats cheese such as Ardsallagh or Triskell 
  • 16 - 20 rocket leaves 
  • 16 - 20 small mint leaves 

Dressing 

  • 3 tablespoons (4 American tablespoons) olive oil 
  • 1 tablespoon (1 American tablespoon + 1 teaspoon) lemon juice 
  • 1 teaspoon honey 
  • salt and pepper

Method

  1. Divide the rocket leaves between 4 plates or 1 large serving dish.
  2. Cut the figs in half and then into quarters down through the stalk, all the time keeping it hinged at the base so as to maintain a good shape. Place the cut figs in the centre of the plates or on the leaves on the large serving dish.  
  3. Slice the goats cheese and place a slice in the centre of the fig "flower".  
  4. Mix all of the dressing ingredients well and season to taste with salt and pepper. 
  5. Drizzle the dressing over the figs, goats cheese and the leaves and finally scatter the mint leaves over the plates.