Enjoy fresh figs with Fig, Prosciutto and Blue Cheese Salad with a sherry vinaigrette. It’s healthy and full of delicious flavor.
Oh I love figs! Especially when they are stuffed with blue cheese, wrapped in prosciutto, broiled and then drizzled with honey and black pepper. While one piece wouldn’t be too bad, I could pop 20 in my mouth in about 5 minutes. So, salad is my savior. I can still have the lovely sweetness from the figs, the creaminess from the blue cheese, the saltiness from the prosciutto and NO guilt.
This salad is fancy enough for company or to serve as an appetizer but easy enough for a week night. I can also pop a few figs in my mouth while making the salad without over indulging. Another great bonus! I really have to play these kinds of tricks with myself to stay on my diet. I wish I could just eat healthy because it is the right thing to do BUT alas I am food obsessed.
Luckily, this salad makes me happy on so many levels. Yes, I love figs but to be honest, it is more about the blue cheese. I am a cheese fanatic and miss it so much. Sure I can and do have low fat cheese but come on; it’s not the real thing. I love creamy, stinky cheeses like blue or brie. Who needs the cracker, just give me a slice or 10. Cheese is one of those things I have to ration. It presses all my buttons and makes me feel like a cheese monster. Give me cheese!
We cannot forget the prosciutto. The prosciutto brings me back to my favorite vacation ever, a trip to Italy. My husband and I spent 10 glorious days there about 8 years ago. Why does food taste so much better there? The Italians have a way of making the simplest dish taste amazing. The prosciutto, especially, bring me back to a dinner in Florence at Il Latini. When you walk in the door, they are carving prosciutto and handing you pieces to happily munch on as you wait for your table. I can still taste the lovely salty porkiness. Heaven!
You can probably see now why I have such a problem losing weight. My mouth is watering just thinking about this salad. Thank goodness I can still enjoy some of my favorite flavors and keep to my diet. What works for you?
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