Figs, Feta and Hazelnuts with Pomegranate Molasses

I saw this recipe by Stevie Parle in The Telegraph back in July and fell in love with the idea of combining figs, hazelnuts and pomegranate molasses. It’s just beautiful, in case you haven’t tried it. I’ve ramped up the sweet/sharp thing already going on with the pom syrup and figs by adding a little feta and some pomegranate seeds, for fleshy pops of juice. I also did away with the edible flowers because, unsurprisingly, they’re not that easy to find at 7pm on a Wednesday evening.

This took a few minutes to assemble and although it’s not filling enough on its own as a main meal, it is one of the most perfectly delicious ways to begin; a total triumph in the contrasts department.

Figs, Feta and Hazelnuts with Pomegranate Molasses (serves 1) (adapted from Stevie Parle’s recipe for The Telegraph)

3 ripe figs
1/2 a pomegranate
A little feta
Small handful blanched hazelnuts
A few leaves of lambs lettuce
1 scant teaspoon pomegranate molasses
1 tablespoon light olive oil

Mix the pom molasses and oil together in a small bowl. Arrange the lambs lettuce on a plate. Halve the figs and add them also. Break the hazelnuts slightly in a pestle and mortar and scatter over the figs, along with the feta. Hold the pomegranate half over a bowl and bash the skin with a wooden spoon until all the seeds fall out (remove any white bits that fall in). Sprinkle a few seeds over the salad and eat the rest. Spoon over the dressing. Serve.

Category: Cheese, Fruit, Gluten-free, Healthy, Salads 16 comments »

16 Responses to “Figs, Feta and Hazelnuts with Pomegranate Molasses”

  1. Jessica

    This looks…figtastic. Several of the best food elements (crunchy nuts, salty cheese, juicy figs) all on one plate, perfect!

  2. thelittleloaf

    LOVE! Was in sicily at the end of august and ate my own body weight in figs every day…this recipe is the perfect way to ease myself into autumn. Great use of pomegranate molasses too…I have a little bottle in the fridge that I’ve only used once so need more recipes like this!

  3. Tori @eat-tori

    I’m just mildly obsessed with hazelnuts at the moment. Have been going nuts combining them with burnt butter and yogurt. But I absolutely love this.

  4. Maronasc

    that’s the kind of food I like: with little effort a great taste! It looks amazing. I think I’m going to the market and see if I can get the ingredients for today lunch :-) Thanks for sharing it!

  5. Minnie

    This looks wonderful! Where did you get the pom molasses btw? I’m also in SE London so any tips would be much appreciated. Thanks! (love your blog btw)

  6. Helen

    Thanks everyone! Minnie – You can buy it in Persepolis in Peckham or Sainsbury’s sell it in the “special ingredients” section.

  7. adam and theresa

    Hey, at last a recipe without pork! Looks lovely. Did you ever get up to the Turkish places on Green lanes? You can also get loads of ingredients like the molasses really cheap in the supermarkets up there.

  8. Helen

    Hi Adam and Theresa – I don’t ever get up there no, as all those ingredients are also really cheap in Peckham and on my doorstep!

  9. Robert

    Look delicious. I’ll add a crusty baguette to make it more of a light meal…

  10. chutneyandspice

    what great colours and mixture of flavours, it looks so good on a plate.

  11. Lemon

    Oh, this looks delicious. I love everythins with figs.

  12. Tv Food and Drink

    Food porn! Those pics leave nothing to the imagination. Tremendous pairings. Thanks!

    Gary

  13. joey

    That looks awesome! Oh how I wish we had fresh figs over here…

  14. Maronasc

    I didn’t get the molasses here in Salzburg, but I used some pomegranate juice and it turned out pretty good, although in my version the name of the salad had to change ;-) thanks a lot!

  15. Londonstuff

    Thanks for this recipe, Helen. I made it tonight and my guests were very appreciative :)

    I went into Sainsbury’s in Pimlico, even with a picture of the bottle from their website, and was given a “WTF is this, are you smoking drugs?” look by one of the shelf stacker blokes when I asked if they sold it. :/

  16. Ziu

    Divine! I had it for a (post gym – how virtuous!!) dinner last night and it was absolutely delicious.

    Incidently, I have recently made the Ottolenghi’s fig salad from the Guardian and it wasnt anywhere near as nice – far too sweet and stuggy. Whereas this was sharp and refreshing. Loved it!


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