Chame’s Spinach, Figs and Blue Cheese Salad

12 Mar

This is my current favorite salad… hands down, I have been making it for 2-3 weeks straight almost every time I cook for myself at home.

Chame is my friend for 15+ years now.  And she has been inspired by our little blog here to follow a healthier lifestyle.  By reducing the animal products she and her family eat, they have been able to lose many pounds.  She tells me she feels with more energy, her cholesterol numbers are lower, she is trying new recipes each week … basically, she is in love with their new lifestyle.  The message here is that shifting your habits and lifestyle overall, does lead to improvements in weight and self-esteem.

When I was in Miami recently she invited me over to dinner.  She wanted to “brag” about the changes they’ve made in their diet and lifestyle and wanted to showcase one of their favorite meals – A mini pizza with a spinach salad with blue cheese and figs.  After my experience at Cocina Abierta recently, I am certainly a believer of figs in a salad.

Inspiration goes both ways… I am grateful to Chame for inspiring me to create this salad.  This is as easy as any salad is, and impressive enough to make for company.

CHAME’S SPINACH, FIGS AND BLUE CHEESE SALAD

Baby Spinach
Grape or Cherry Tomatoes, sliced or diced
Dried Mission Figs, diced
Pickled Onions
Sliced Almonds
Crumbled Gorgonzola Cheese
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Aged Balsamic Vinegar
Salt and Pepper to taste
  1. Assemble all salad ingredients in a salad bowl – from the spinach up to the cheese.
  2. In a measuring cup or bowl mix together 2 parts olive oil to 1 part balsamic vinegar with a dash of salt and pepper to season.  Mix well and drizzle over salad.  Toss to coat.
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3 Responses to “Chame’s Spinach, Figs and Blue Cheese Salad”

  1. Cut `n Clean Greens March 12, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    That salad looks fantastic! If we had blue cheese and figs in the house, this would be dinner! We’re going to link from our Facebook page to you, so everyone can come and see your gorgeous photography and see how you did it. We love fresh, healthy greens recipes! Come LIKE us on Facebook if you wish, at https://www.facebook.com/Cut.n.Clean.Greens

    –Your friendly farmers at Cut `n Clean Greens

  2. Eliana March 14, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    Loving the sweet/salty flavor combination of this salad. Looks incredible delicious.

  3. Bren March 15, 2012 at 12:14 am #

    Great looking salad. I can see why it’d be a on-going favorite. I’m working my way into enjoying more and more salads. Not the biggest fan!

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