Romaine Salad with Flash-Pickled Figs


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. Slideshow:  More Great Salads 

Romaine Salad with Flashed Pickled Figs
Photo: © Line Klein
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins


  • 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


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

Make Ahead

The drained figs and dressing can be refrigerated separately overnight.

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