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Fig and Pear Salad with Vanilla Bean Vinaigrette

A colorful fall salad recipe with fresh figs, pears, and a savory sweet vanilla bean vinaigrette.

Recipe Type: Salad
Author: Brooklyn Supper
  • 1 5- inch vanilla bean pod
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice plus 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 bunch frisee , washed with pale stems trimmed
  • 1 ripe Bartlett pear , sliced
  • 10 figs , quartered
  1. Split vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape seeds into a small bowl. Add lemon juice and zest, and then whisk in vinegar, honey, and sea salt. Add olive oil and whisk vigorously until emulsified.
  2. Tear frisee into bite-sized leaves and arrange in a large bowl. Pour half the vinaigrette over the leaves and toss to coat. Tuck pear slices and figs into the frisee leaves. Finish with several twists of black pepper and a generous drizzle of vinaigrette.