Fresh Fig Salad with Orange Emulsion Dressing

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Last Updated on January 12, 2020 by Chef Mireille

Fresh Fig Salad with Orange Emulsion Dressing

A quick and easy salad to put together when fresh figs are in season.

Fresh Fig Salad

Fresh figs have been hard to come by this season. The few times I have seen them they have looked horrible – half rotten. With an insanely busy work schedule, I just did not have the energy or the time to do some grocery shopping. I decided to try instacart, a service I have been thinking about trying for several months now. It is like having your own personal shopper. You pick which local markets you want them to shop at and your food is delivered within 2 hours and way cheaper than Fresh Direct. I will be doing a complete review of this service soon on the blog, so stay tuned. Anyway, so I decided to use this service and try for fresh figs. The figs from Fairway arrived in perfect condition, still firm. I decided to make this Fresh Fig salad using some of the stuff I purchased from Fairway via instacart. The one thing with figs is they don’t have a long shelf life, so I will be eating fig salads and fig sandwiches for the next few days, but I am overjoyed and getting my full of figs this week!

I am in the process of reworking the curriculum before my culinary teaching semester begins in a few weeks. That’s why my schedule is so hectic. When I finish my temporary sous chef duties where I am working these two weeks, I have to come home and do work to prepare for my classes. Ah, it’s better to have too much work than too little right?  I am always adjusting my curriculum to present recipes that both teach my students technique and that they will enjoy to eat. I was perusing my old binder from culinary school and came across this salad dressing, which I remember loving so much. This Orange Emulsion dressing complimented the figs perfectly.

It’s been hot and humid the last few days. I am in amazement how the tennis players are playing in this heat as they finish up the final matches of the US Open. We already have a women’s winner in Angelique Kerber who is now the new #1 in the world. As we wait to see who wins the men’s final match tomorrow, enjoy this light salad – perfect for these hot temperatures! Hopefully, you will be enjoying the match and this salad inside an air conditioned apartment!

This salad is so delicious to have in Spring and Summer when fresh figs are easily found.

Picking Figs

Black Mission Figs, the ones I used in this salad, are very delicate. When picking at the market, pick firm figs and make sure they are on the top of the bag when you bring them home so that the weight of other things will not crush tehm.

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Serve this fresh fig salad immediately.

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Fresh Fig Salad with Orange Emulsion Dressing

This salad is light and fresh. The perfect summer salad, when figs are in season.
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Continental
Servings: 4


Salad Ingredients:

  • 4 cups sliced Boston lettuce
  • 5 quartered figs
  • 1/2 cup diced fresh mozzarella
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon pepitas pumpkin seeds
  • 2-3 tablespoons orange emulsion dressing see below, to taste

Dressing Ingredients:

  • Yield: 2 cups
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


To make salad:

  • Combine lettuce, figs, mozzarella, zest and pepitas.
  • Add dressing and toss gently.
  • Serve immediately.

To make dressing:

  • Combine juice, zest, vinegar, honey and salt and pepper. Whisk well.
  • While whisking constantly, slowly add oils until thorough incorporated.
  • Taste and adjust salt and pepper, as necessary.


Figs can be substituted with peaches, nectarines or plums.


Serving: 206g | Carbohydrates: 35.9g | Protein: 11.1g | Fat: 15.6g | Saturated Fat: 4.9g | Sodium: 182mg | Fiber: 5.6g | Sugar: 24.3g
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  1. A refreshing flavorful dressing with an equally fresh salad. I love citrusy salad dressing. Using rice vinegar which I discovered recently adds a different taste to dressings as opposed to cider vinegar.

  2. We generally do not eat fruit as a salad , so making a salad with fig and with this lipsmacking dressing looks like an awesome idea.

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