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Fig and Prosciutto Salad

The Italians and Spaniards are fond of serving sweet and softly salty ham with fruit. And for that, we can thank them, for this combination can instantly transport you to the shores of the Mediterranean where life is slow and the light is golden.

This recipe is one of the first I ever memorised, and is the one that springs to mind when I see a box of ripe figs at the market. I discovered it while living above a pub in London. I was learning to cook under the tutelage of English TV chefs, helped along by my close proximity to the Borough Market. It was a period of trying new things (as your early 20s should be). I was taking advantage of cheap flights to Europe, exploring new cultures and returning to London with a more adventurous palette each time. This recipe was the perfect combination of easy and different to anything I’d ever eaten growing up. It was a new type of fast food and after a trip to the southern coast of France, I was keen for anything that tasted like a warm, lazy afternoon in the sun.

Fig and Prosciutto Salad

Soft, deeply-coloured figs are best for this recipe (sadly, mine were only passable). You want them oozing a little, bringing their full sweetness to the saltiness of the prosciutto. The silky creaminess of the mozzarella brings the two together and smooths out the tender crunch of the fig seeds as you take a mouthful. The dressing is the same as I use on my Peach and Hazelnut and Feta Salad, the honey and lemon adding a sweet vibrancy to the fruit plus ham combo.

As is the case with all simple meals, the quality of the ingredients will define the success of this salad, so buy the best you can afford.

Fig and Prosciutto Salad

Serves 4, takes 15 minutes max

Ingredients

  • 4 figs
  • 4 slices prosciutto
  • 1 ball of buffalo mozzarella
  • A big sprig of basil

Dressing

  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon good honey
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

Mix all dressing ingredients in a small jar and shake to combine.

With a sharp knife, criss-cross the figs from the top down, but not all the way to the bottom. Pinch the base of the figs to expose the inside and place them on a platter. Drape the prosciutto slices in and around the figs and tear pieces of mozzarella to dot evenly around the salad. Scatter torn basil leaves over the top of the salad and drizzle everything with the dressing.

Serve with crusty bread to mop up the leftover juices.

This is an old Jamie Oliver recipe (Happy Days with the Naked Chef) from the era in which I lived in London. 

26 thoughts on “Fig and Prosciutto Salad

  1. Anne-Marie Spagnolo says:

    I always get excited when I see the words fig and prosciutto together! And with buffalo mozzarella to boot this makes it a dish that also rises to the most special of occasions.

  2. mawarre says:

    Looks just delicious and totally mouthwatering. Great combination of flavours. Love it!

  3. Jamie’s super sexy salad, I believe! I need to get some figs…

    1. Amelia says:

      Correct Jane! It deserves to be recognised.

  4. Leah says:

    Yum! Looks delicious

  5. hum !… ça m’a l’air très bon ! ;)

  6. So now I just have to find some figs… I love the 15 min max prep time for this beautiful salad

  7. So simple and so luxurious…these babies are little pleasure bombs!

  8. wow! this look unbelievable! thanks for sharing the recipe! I can’t tell you how many people I know will enjoy this!

    1. Amelia says:

      I hope you do enjoy it!

  9. Susan says:

    This is one of my favorite salads (I don’t add the mozzarella), and the photos are just gorgeous, even if your figs aren’t up to your standards. ;-)

  10. oh, my, this looks so fresh and delicious!

  11. Sara says:

    Lovely! What gorgeous photos…beautiful colors!

  12. Figs, cheese & ham, a great blend for salads ;)

  13. Latest Loaf says:

    What a beautiful summer salad! Can’t wait until Figs come back in season in California!

  14. aliradloff says:

    Yum! I gave into temptation and bought some super ripe figs at the green grocer. I now need to get my hands on some prosciutto. Delicious as always Amelia!

    1. Amelia says:

      I find one always should get ones hands on prosciutto ;)

  15. aliradloff says:

    So delicious Amelia! I have some figs waiting to be made into a salad. Now I just need to get some prosciutto!

  16. AJ says:

    This salad looks beautiful!

  17. Tricia says:

    So simple and so beautiful. I must try this one.

  18. Hagen Reedy says:

    This salad is beautiful. The colors are absolutely amazing! Looks delicious!

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