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Balsamic Fig Salad Dressing

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  • Prep 5 min
  • Total 5 min
  • Servings 1
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Figs bring a bit of sweetness and a slightly thickened texture that’s perfect for drizzling to this basic balsamic vinaigrette. Ideal for any salad, this dressing also pairs nicely with cheese plates and makes a great marinade.
Updated Jul 23, 2018
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  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped shallots
  • 3-4 whole dried figs, sliced or chopped (or 3 tablespoons fig jam)
  • 1 tablespoon honey, if additional sweetness is desired


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    In a high-speed blender, combine all ingredients until smooth.

Expert Tips

  • tip 1
    If a thinner consistency is desired, add 2-3 tablespoons water or broth to the blender.

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More About This Recipe

  • Known for their sweet honey flavor and jam-like texture, figs are an Asian-flowering plant disguised as a fruit. Figs are briefly in season twice a year and because of this, not only are they difficult to find, but they can be expensive. In this recipe, substituting fig jam for the fresh stuff saves money and time, and ensures you can make this delicious dressing all year round. This slightly sweet, slightly acidic fig balsamic dressing is made with a handful of ingredients and only takes a mere five minutes to prepare. It tastes amazing drizzled over salads or as a quick meat-marinade. Needless to say, if the only experience you’ve had with figs is from the innards of your grandparent’s cookie, you’re in for a treat. Take a peek at our other homemade salad dressings. You’ll see they’re just as easy and tasty.
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