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Fig and ham salad with chili
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Fig and ham salad with chili

By charl39 (GoodFood Community)
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  • Easy
  • Serves 2
A delicious and very easy salad that's a proper meal for one or two people!


  • 6 ripe purple figs
  • 4 thick slices of ham, preferably smoked
  • Brebis or feta cheese
  • Two or three medium-sized tomatoes

Cos lettuce leaves, although any good salad greens would do (rocket is a bit overpowering for this salad)

  • 1-2 tbsp good-quality chili-infused olive oil
  • Juice of one lemon


  • STEP 1
    Roughly chop, wash and shake dry the salad greens, using a spinner if you have one; otherwise pat them dry in a tea-towel.
  • STEP 2
    Take each slice of ham and roll it lengthways. Then slice the roll into half-inch (10-12mm) sections, so you have bite-sized rolls of ham. They should stay together but it doesn't really matter!
  • STEP 3
    Cut about 16 bite-sized cubes of the cheese. Brebis (a sheeps-milk cheese from the South of France) is my favourite, but good Greek feta is very similar: strong-tasting and crumbly in the mouth
  • STEP 4
    Quarter the tomatoes
  • STEP 5
    Halve the figs. Cut off the stems at the top but leave the skin on!
  • STEP 6
    Combine all the ingredients. I prefer to layer my salads (greens first, then the ham, them tomatoes and figs, all topped with the cheese) rather than tossing them, but you can do what you like!
  • STEP 7
    Drizzle the chili oil over the top making sure the figs and cheese get generous amounts. Use more if you like!
  • STEP 8
    Sprinkle the lemon juice over everything!
  • STEP 9
    Relax, eat and enjoy. This is the perfect meal for a long warm summer evening. It goes really well with a glass or two of very cold white wine, preferably Sauvignon Blanc or even a very dry Gewurztraminer.

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