Festive figs with feta

30 November 2011

This simple Christmas starter is easy to prepare and looks very impressive. If the figs available are small, serve two per person.

Preparation time

15 minutes

Cooking time

5 minutes




  • 4 ripe figs
  • 1 tbsp mango chutney
  • 100g feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 red chilli, sliced into thin strips


  • 200g rocket leaves
  • 2 oranges
  • 200g walnut pieces
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • Reduced balsamic vinegar (available in most supermarkets) or place 4 tbsp of ordinary balsamic vinegar in a pan and gently heat for 5 minutes. Allow to cool before using.


1. Wash the figs and trim the top. Carefully slice each fig to divide them into 4 sections without fully slicing through.

2. Place a little mango chutney into each fig and top with the crumbled feta cheese. Place to one side ready to grill.

3. In a large pan heat the water and dissolve the sugar. Add the walnuts and continue to cook until most of the water has evaporated. Using a spoon lift the walnuts out of the sugar mixture and allow to cool.

4. Using a sharp knife remove the peel and pith of the orange. Carefully work your way around the orange to cut out each orange segment just inside the segment membrane.

5. Grill the figs for 7 minutes under a moderate heat until the cheese starts to bubble.

6. Assemble the salad with the figs in the middle. Dress with reduced balsamic vinegar and garnish the figs with finely sliced strips of chilli.

Our thanks to The Vegetarian Society for providing this recipe. Click here for more vegetarian Christmas recipes.

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