Figs, Feta and Hazelnuts with Pomegranate Molasses

September 22, 2011


Figs, feta and hazelnuts

I recently fell for the idea of combining figs, hazelnuts and pomegranate molasses. I’ve ramped up the sweet/sharp thing already going on with the pom syrup and figs by adding a little feta and some pomegranate seeds, for fleshy pops of juice. This took a few minutes to assemble and although it’s not filling enough on its own as a main meal, it is one of the most perfectly delicious ways to begin; a total triumph in the contrasts department.

Figs, Feta and Hazelnuts with Pomegranate Molasses

3 ripe figs
1/2 a pomegranate
A little feta
Small handful blanched hazelnuts
A few leaves of lambs lettuce
1 scant teaspoon pomegranate molasses
1 tablespoon light olive oil

Mix the pom molasses and oil together in a small bowl. Arrange the lambs lettuce on a plate. Halve the figs and add them also. Break the hazelnuts slightly in a pestle and mortar and scatter over the figs, along with the feta. Hold the pomegranate half over a bowl and bash the skin with a wooden spoon until all the seeds fall out (remove any white bits that fall in). Sprinkle a few seeds over the salad and eat the rest. Spoon over the dressing. Serve.

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    Reply Jessica September 22, 2011 at 9:06 am

    This looks…figtastic. Several of the best food elements (crunchy nuts, salty cheese, juicy figs) all on one plate, perfect!

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    Reply thelittleloaf September 22, 2011 at 9:57 am

    LOVE! Was in sicily at the end of august and ate my own body weight in figs every day…this recipe is the perfect way to ease myself into autumn. Great use of pomegranate molasses too…I have a little bottle in the fridge that I’ve only used once so need more recipes like this!

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    Reply Tori @eat-tori September 22, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I’m just mildly obsessed with hazelnuts at the moment. Have been going nuts combining them with burnt butter and yogurt. But I absolutely love this.

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    Reply Maronasc September 22, 2011 at 10:39 am

    that’s the kind of food I like: with little effort a great taste! It looks amazing. I think I’m going to the market and see if I can get the ingredients for today lunch 🙂 Thanks for sharing it!

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    Reply Minnie September 22, 2011 at 10:53 am

    This looks wonderful! Where did you get the pom molasses btw? I’m also in SE London so any tips would be much appreciated. Thanks! (love your blog btw)

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    Reply Helen September 22, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Thanks everyone! Minnie – You can buy it in Persepolis in Peckham or Sainsbury’s sell it in the “special ingredients” section.

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    Reply adam and theresa September 22, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Hey, at last a recipe without pork! Looks lovely. Did you ever get up to the Turkish places on Green lanes? You can also get loads of ingredients like the molasses really cheap in the supermarkets up there.

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    Reply Helen September 22, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Hi Adam and Theresa – I don’t ever get up there no, as all those ingredients are also really cheap in Peckham and on my doorstep!

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    Reply Robert September 22, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Look delicious. I’ll add a crusty baguette to make it more of a light meal…

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    Reply chutneyandspice September 22, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    what great colours and mixture of flavours, it looks so good on a plate.

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    Reply Lemon September 22, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Oh, this looks delicious. I love everythins with figs.

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    Reply Tv Food and Drink September 22, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Food porn! Those pics leave nothing to the imagination. Tremendous pairings. Thanks!


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    Reply joey September 23, 2011 at 3:52 am

    That looks awesome! Oh how I wish we had fresh figs over here…

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    Reply Maronasc September 23, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    I didn’t get the molasses here in Salzburg, but I used some pomegranate juice and it turned out pretty good, although in my version the name of the salad had to change 😉 thanks a lot!

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    Reply Londonstuff September 24, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Thanks for this recipe, Helen. I made it tonight and my guests were very appreciative 🙂

    I went into Sainsbury’s in Pimlico, even with a picture of the bottle from their website, and was given a “WTF is this, are you smoking drugs?” look by one of the shelf stacker blokes when I asked if they sold it. :/

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    Reply Ziu September 28, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Divine! I had it for a (post gym – how virtuous!!) dinner last night and it was absolutely delicious.

    Incidently, I have recently made the Ottolenghi’s fig salad from the Guardian and it wasnt anywhere near as nice – far too sweet and stuggy. Whereas this was sharp and refreshing. Loved it!

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