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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Grilled Fig and Prosciutto Salad

Some time ago, my great friends Aaron and Alina came up with this 'strange ingredient' idea - Fat and Happy Blog readers would send me strange ingredients they come across and I will create a recipe for them.

Past secret ingredients range from Himalayan pink salt and dried lavender to pistachio oil.  Today's strange ingredient is a spicy ginger apple mustard- sounds super yummy!

With some left over prosciutto, fresh figs and a hot grill, out came the most delicious grilled fig salad ever. Ever. Simply wrapping the figs in the prosciutto, and then basting them with the mustard is all it took; setting the grilled figs on spinach or lettuce tossed with olive oil and a hint of the mustard completes the salad.

Thanks much to my friends for the another strange ingredient to play with, I only wish the were here to taste the rewards. Great food is one thing, but you can't be fat and happy without great friends.

Tips and Techniques:   You can make this at home without the strange spicy apple mustard ingredient. Simply whisk a few tablespoon of good grainy mustard, 1/2 tsp of dried ginger and 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper with a spoon of applesauce or apple juice. It's not exact, but close enough to recreate this extraordinary salad.
Purchase a GOOD olive- it does make a difference!

Grilled Prosciutto wrapped Fig on Greens

4 fresh figs
4 thin slices of prosciutto, cut in half, lengthwise
Apple Curry Mustard (see Tips and Techniques above)
4 cups field greens or spinach
olive oil
fresh pepper

Cut the figs in half, wrap each half with a slice of prosciutto. Skewer the wrapped figs.  Brush the skewer with the apple, curry mustard and grill. Turning once, brush the second side with the mustard. Grill until the prosciutto is crispy.

Toss greens with a drizzle of olive oil, fresh black pepper and a small spoon of the mustard. Plate and top with grilled figs.  Makes two large salads with 4 fig halves each or 4 smaller salads with 2 fig halves each.


  1. AUGH! If this was served today (Sunday) don't tell me - my mouth is watering and I can't make it over! RaiNCHECK and can we have these?!?! And I found four 'strange' ingredients that I have for you :).

  2. Raincheck it is! I'm sure happy to make these again, delicious. Can't wait to see the 'Strange Ingredients.'



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