Romaine Salad with Flash-Pickled Figs
- ACTIVE: 30 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 30 MIN
- SERVINGS: 8
These “flash-pickled” figs need only an hour of soaking in a mixture of vinegar, salt and water. As a clever time-saver, the soaking liquid for the figs also forms the base for the salad dressing.
- 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
- Kosher salt
- 8 fresh figs, quartered lengthwise
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons light olive oil
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 3 large heads of romaine (from one 22-ounce package), cut into thin ribbons
- In a medium bowl, combine 3 tablespoons of the white wine vinegar with 3 tablespoons of water and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Add the figs and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour (or refrigerate for up to 4 hours). Drain the figs, reserving the pickling liquid.
- In a large bowl, whisk the reserved pickling liquid with the remaining 1 tablespoon of vinegar and the Dijon mustard. Whisk in the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Add the romaine and figs and toss to coat. Serve right away.