Figs. Basil. Goat Cheese. Pomegranate. Pure yum. I’ve been on a bit of a health kick recently, testing out new salad recipes and vegetarian accompaniments. What I’ve discovered is that the key to a truly exciting vegetarian dish is balance. Balancing the flavors and textures of a dish can provide a unique experience that’s far from mundane or monotonous. This recipe for Figs with Basil, Goat Cheese and Pomegranate Vinaigrette is sweet, salty, fresh, earthy, spicy and peppery. The texture is both crunchy and creamy with a toothsome bite from the figs. Super balanced. Super yummy.
The next time you make a vegetable dish, try adding some new elements to balance the flavors (if they aren’t balanced already!). Brighten up a side of roasted potatoes with fresh herbs and pickled onions. Top a serving of al dente asparagus with a creamy poached egg and salty bacon bites. Roast tender butternut squash with coarsely ground, crunchy spices (pepper, cumin, coriander and/or cardamom) then accent with lime and chile (yes, this is a short description of last week’s squash recipe). The next time you make a salad or vegetable recipe, I urge you to take a moment and consider balance. A small change or two can take a dish from good to spectacular. Continue reading for the recipe.