fig, strawberry & lemon myrtle chèvre salad

ImageIt’s been a tough summer in South Australia for any kitchen gardener, let alone for all the food producers whose livelihood depends on a bountiful harvest. This summer we have sweltered our way through record-breaking heatwaves, with more than a dozen days over 40°C, some climbing to a searing 45°C.

All through the heat we wished for rain, but we must have wished too hard because when the rain came, it didn’t stop. Widespread flooding followed the heat, breaking even more records. If these extremes of weather don’t make us realise our fragile dependance on our beautiful planet, I don’t know what will.

It’s a hard job keeping produce looking fabulous with weather like we’ve had, and when I was at the farmer’s market last week, I got chatting about this to the producer of a fantastic range of dried and fresh figs. The fresh figs he had on offer didn’t catch my eye at first glance, being soft and a little bruised from the heavy rain, but when he offered me a taste I was sold. Sweet and jammy, with caramel undertones, these figs quickly made their way into my basket.

A little further along I found some Lemon Myrtle Chèvre and this simple but delicious salad was born. I hope you enjoy!, Strawberry & Lemon Myrtle Chèvre Salad

  • 100 g mixed salad leaves
  • 3-5 ripe figs, depending on size, at room temperature
  • 6-8 strawberries, at room temperature
  • 100 g lemon myrtle chèvre*
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp raspberry vinegar
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Wash the salad leaves and remove excess water using a salad spinner or clean tea towel. Lay out on a serving dish.

Cut the figs in half lengthways, then cut into bite sized wedges. Arrange over the leaves.

Hull and halve the strawberries (or quarter, depending on size), and scatter over the figs and leaves.

Gently break up the chèvre with your fingers and crumble over the salad.

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, raspberry vinegar, maple syrup and pepper. Drizzle over the salad and serve immediately.

* If you can’t get hold of lemon myrtle chèvre, you can substitute plain chèvre, or even a soft feta.

5 thoughts on “fig, strawberry & lemon myrtle chèvre salad

  1. Gather and Graze

    Our garden has struggled through the summer too Sam… so slow to warm up and then such extreme heat that pretty much all living things seemed to wilt and look rather singed on the edges!
    Your salad is absolutely lovely Sam, I adore figs, particularly when like you say they are sweet and jammy. I also love the flavour of lemon myrtle, so am intrigued by the goats cheese you mention. Thanks for this beautiful summer salad!


  2. sam @ nourish Post author

    It hasn’t been the best in our garden either Margot. I have had to think ahead and harvest anything leafy that I want to use early in the morning before the wilt sets in!

    But today has been just gorgeous…fingers crossed that the worst of the heat is behind us now.


  3. Peri's Spice Ladle

    Record-breaking summers in Australia and crazy cold winters in Texas; the weather hasn’t been kind on us this year! But your salad sure brings a smile to the face…it’s beautiful and colorful:)


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