In San Ciprianu we picked a load of sumptuously ripe green figs directly from the low branches of a tree. A lot of those succulent soft morsels made it straight into our mouths, mostly my mouth to be exact. But some we saved to make my favourite summer salad of all time. Jamie Oliver calls it the “Easiest Sexiest Salad in the World”. The only thing hard about it is finding all the ingredients you need.
For those of you who want to try it, here is Jamie’s recipe:
- Fresh Mozzarella cheese (called bocconcini in Canada)
- A few thin slices of prosciutto
- Basil leaves
- 3 tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 6 tbsp of good olive oil
- 1 tbsp of honey
- Mix the lemon juice well with olive oil, honey, salt and pepper.
Cut the figs crosswise on top and squeeze the bottom part together slightly to make the top pop open. Arrange figs and mozzarella bits on a platter and sprinkle with basil leaves. Rip prosciutto in bite size pieces and arrange on or in between the figs. Drizzle the marinade generously over everything, making sure it also runs into the open figs.