Figs, Oranges & Blue Cheese: a recipe for a seasonal Christmas salad

Published Tuesday, Dec 24 2013, 13:20 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
If you're looking for the ultimate spoil-yourself Christmas salad then this fig, orange and walnut salad with melted blue cheese dressing is the one for you, courtesy of our friends at

fig and orange salad

© British Cheese Board

Deliciously decadent, its rich colours will look amazing on your dining table while its combo of blue cheese, figs and nuts adds the flavours and textures of the festive season.


  • 3 oranges
  • 4 fresh figs
  • 150g (5oz) toasted walnuts nuts
  • 150g (5oz) red cabbage, shredded finely
  • 175g (6oz) rocket
  • For the dressing:
  • 150g (5oz) Shropshire Blue cheese
  • 200ml (7floz) crème fraiche
  • Freshly ground black pepper


1 First, prepare the dressing. Crumble the Shropshire Blue into a small heavy based pan and cook, stirring, over a gentle heat until the cheese melts.

2 Whisk in the crème fraiche and heat gently (don't allow mixture to bubble) until you have a smooth creamy dressing. Leave it to cool as you want it cooled down before putting on the salad.

3 Now assemble the salad. Slice the top and bottom off each orange and peel down the sides with a sharp knife. Cut between each membrane to remove the orange segments.
Place in a bowl with any juices.

4 Wipe and quarter the figs and add to the orange segments with the toasted walnuts (or pecans if you prefer), shredded red cabbage and rocket leaves.

5 Toss together well and divide between 4 serving plates. Drizzle the dressing over each plate of salad and season with freshly ground black pepper.

Nutrition Information

Serves 4

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