Dinner for One: Grilled Fig and Peach Arugula Salad with Ricotta Salata and a Black Pepper Vinagrette

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Dinner for One: Grilled Fig and Peach Arugula Salad with Ricotta Salata and Prosciutto // www.acozykitchen.com

UGH. I hate long recipe titles but I really wanted to convey what the heck was in this thing. It’s important. This salad is an honest to Yeezus (I had no idea this was Kayne’s nickname until like two days ago so now I use it all the time) example of what I’ve been eating for the past few weeks. I’m a big fan of dinner for one, mainly because I kind of sometimes like it when no one talks to me for a few hours and I can be alone with my thoughts/latest episode of Real Housewives.

I never like my “dinner for ones” to be too labor-intensive. I can’t bother to make a mess. This salad is sooo quick and so amazing. Figs are officially in season, yet I can’t find any that really taste the way they should. I bought a big box of them last week and quickly realized that nature needed a bit of a hand, a little tap on the bottom. Nothing that a little brown sugar and a griddle can’t fix! And voila they tasted like grade-A, delicious, sweet figs.

I mixed it with bright, sweet yellow peaches, crushed pistachios and arugula. It was incredible. And since I couldn’t’ get enough of the peppery flavor that the arugula gave me, I paired it with a black pepper vinaigrette and topped it with slivers of prosciutto and ricotta salata.

Dinner for One: Grilled Fig and Peach Arugula Salad with Ricotta Salata and Prosciutto // www.acozykitchen.com

Do you know how to compose a salad? I remember watching this video with Chef Nancy Silverton a few years ago on the method of properly composing a salad and was like, “I’ve been doing it all wrong.” It’s all about taking the simple things and getting into the nitty-gritty details. The devil (or beauty) is in the details.

You should put your eyeballs on that video for a few minutes–it’s worth a watch.

I now compose my salads like her: drying the leaves properly.

And then salting them before any dressing is added.

Dinner for One: Grilled Fig and Peach Arugula Salad with Ricotta Salata and Prosciutto // www.acozykitchen.com

Adding just enough dressing to lightly coat the leaves (I despise overdressed leaves).

Grilled figs are perfect when sprinkled with a bit of brown sugar and a pinch of salt.

Dinner for One: Grilled Fig and Peach Arugula Salad with Ricotta Salata and Prosciutto // www.acozykitchen.com

A ton of peppery flavors going on paired with sweet yellow peaches and salty and smokey prosciutto. I love this thing so much.

Dinner for one is my jam.

Dinner for One: Grilled Fig and Peach Arugula Salad with Ricotta Salata and Prosciutto // www.acozykitchen.com

Dinner for One: Grilled Fig and Peach Arugula Salad with Ricotta Salata and Prosciutto // www.acozykitchen.com

Grilled Fig and Peach Arugula Salad with Ricotta Salata and Black Pepper Vinagrette

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3 tablespoons good-quality olive oil
1 teaspoon good balsamic vinegar
Juice from 1/2 lemon
6-7 turns freshly ground pepper

4 figs, halved
1 teaspoon dark brown sugar
Olive oil
Few handfuls of arugula (2 ounces), cleaned and dried
1 yellow peach, sliced
3-4 pistachios, chopped
2 slices prosciutto
Ricotta salata

1. In a small bowl, add the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper; mix until thoroughly combined. Do a taste test and add a bit more salt, if you like. Set aside.

2. Sprinkle the figs with the dark brown sugar and a pinch of salt. Heat a grill or grill pan. When hot, brush with olive oil. Place the figs on the hot grill, face down and cook for 1-2 minutes, until grill marks appear. Remove and set aside.

3. To a large mixing bowl, add the arugula. Sprinkle the leaves with salt. Add half of the dressing and lightly toss the salad. Transfer the lettuce to your serving plate. Add the peaches to the mixing bowl and toss with a bit of dressing. Transfer the peaches and figs to the serving plate, arranging how ever you like. Top with a sprinkling of pistachios, a few torn pieces of prosciutto and thin slices of ricotta salata.

Serves 1

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Sara/Matchbox Kitchen July 15, 2013 at 1:02 am

My neighbor has a fig tree that I’ve been waiting to ripen since part of it hangs over our side. When it does I’ll be making this salad!


Kiki July 15, 2013 at 1:09 am

If that doesn’t scream summertime, I don’t know what does! looks delicious!


Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe July 15, 2013 at 2:17 am

This salad looks oh, so delicious! Believe me or not, even if I am a huge salad-lover, I’ve never tried fruit salad so far. Here in Italy it is not that common to add fruit into salads, but this one looks totally refreshing and bursting with flavors! Changes are what make life beautiful, right?!
I’ll try it out and let you know!

xo, Elisa


Kelsey @aslolife July 15, 2013 at 4:49 am

Looks fabulous! Dinners for one are always hard–boxed mac and cheese or make real food? When I do feel like cooking, I use it as a time to make things my husband would never want to eat for dinner which usually helps the inspiration!


Belinda @themoonblushbaker July 15, 2013 at 5:41 am

I can not tell you how many times cooking for one has got me reaching for the box noodle or a tub of ice cream. Such sophisticated flavours in this dish that I am salivating just thinking about it. The contrast of salty, sweet, bitternes and tang is the best way to eat a salad; who wants a boring one note dinner anyway?


Tieghan July 15, 2013 at 6:52 am

I so wish I could find some fresh figs!! I have been wanting to try them forever, but just cannot find them anywhere! This looks awesome!


Bev @ Bev Cooks July 15, 2013 at 7:12 am

I. Want. This.


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar July 15, 2013 at 9:22 am

I love those grilled figs in there! Delicious!


J.S. @ Sun Diego Eats July 15, 2013 at 9:57 am

Love everything about this. Especially sprinkling brown sugar on the figs to bring out their sweetness and the ricotta salata :)


Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet July 15, 2013 at 10:13 am

That looks awesome. I will definitely be watching the video, as I feel my salad dressing skills could use some improvement.


Eileen July 15, 2013 at 10:30 am

This salad sounds amazing! Just perfect for a quick lunch. And who doesn’t want to find more and more ways to eat all the fresh summer fruit?


Thelma July 15, 2013 at 11:21 am

This looks so good!


Kammie @ Sensual Appeal July 15, 2013 at 11:38 am

Dun dun dun…. ohhh yeahh… She’s a beauty! She’s one in a million… oh yeah!
This is a song about this salad.


Tammela July 15, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Mmmm…fresh figs.


dervla @ The Curator July 15, 2013 at 12:37 pm

dinner for one rocks, that’s all there is to it. I so rarely get that time that when i do, it’s PURE HEAVEN. And to include figs in my fantasy world? Then you have totally made my day/night/dinner. YUM!


Kiran @ KiranTarun.com July 15, 2013 at 8:54 pm

Can’t beat grilled figs!! Gotta get some soon :)


Jayne July 15, 2013 at 9:02 pm

Sometimes simple salads can be so incredible. Amazing colours and flavours in this!


Reima July 16, 2013 at 1:39 pm

I am for sure going to make this! Looks so good! I love the concept of ‘dinner for one’. I still have a hard time trying to cook for myself and I ALWAYS have a ton of extras leftover! :-p loveatraveler.blogspot.com


Jamie @lifelovelemons July 17, 2013 at 6:04 am

PERFECT salad! Oh my god love these flavors!


Sophie July 17, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Sounds flippin yeezus delieezus! You made it so pretty, too. Love your styling. And the tips on composing a salad! Yay Nancy, and you!


Laura July 18, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Wow great salad! The grilled figs are a perfect addition.


Shani September 15, 2013 at 12:21 pm

This looks like such a unique salad and I can’t wait to try it! I have never cooked with figs though, so I’m wondering, are you able to sear them in a regular nonstick pan instead of a grill pan?


Adrianna Adarme September 15, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Sure! I think searing them in a pan with olive oil would be great.


Shani September 15, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Perfect, I’ll give it a try then! Thanks so much!!


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