Fig, Bean & Toasted Pecan Salad
- Preparation time
- 5 minutes, plus cooling
- Cooking time
- 5–6 minutes
- 100 g (3½ oz) pecan nuts
- 200 g (7 oz) green beans, trimmed
- 4 fresh figs, cut into quarters
- 100 g (3½ oz) rocket leaves
- small handful of mint leaves
- 50 g (2 oz) Parmesan or pecorino cheese
- 3 tablespoons walnut oil
- 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
- 1 teaspoon vincotto
- salt and pepper
Heat a heavy-based frying pan over a medium heat, add the pecan nuts and dry-fry, stirring frequently, for 3–4 minutes or until browned. Tip on to a small plate and leave to cool.
Cook the beans in a saucepan of lightly salted boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain, refresh under running cold water and pat dry with kitchen paper. Put the beans in a bowl with the figs, pecan nuts, rocket and mint.
Whisk together all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and season with salt and paper. If you can't find vincotto, use balsamic vinegar as an alternative. Pour over the salad and toss well. Shave over the Parmesan or pecorino and serve.