I was looking for a salad inspiration that would be completely new for me, and include at least one ingredient that might be unusual for you too. Conveniently, my husband came home and told me about a salad he'd enjoyed at a business lunch - and that was the seed I needed. The salad he described had strawberries, but as our local strawberry season is almost over (and I prefer them to California strawberries) I thought figs would be the key ingredient I would include instead. Goat cheese isn't something I often buy and I couldn't find the 'green' I wanted to - but what I've put together here is both light and interesting.
The cheese, figs and walnuts are featured equally and make up about half or slightly more of the overall salad.
The base of this mixture was lovely, fresh red leaf lettuce. I think butter lettuce would work really well, and I'd like to try it with a bit of a bitter leaf such as curly endive.
A simple olive oil, fresh squeezed lemon and taste of chopped garlic dressing added just the right touch to this delicious combination.