Roasted Honey Balsamic Fig Salad with Goat Cheese and Pistachios

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“A great fig should look like it’s just about to burst its skin. When squeezed lightly it should give a little and not spring back. It must be almost unctuously sweet, soft and wet.”
Yotam Ottolenghi

My neighbor Marty opened his garden to me today and I picked some gorgeous Russian lettuce. Totally unknown to me, Marty touted its powerhouse health benefits in green smoothies.   Russian lettuce has more of the texture of kale so I created a recipe using it in a hearty salad with honey balsamic roasted figs, herbed chèvre, toasted pistachios and some crispy prosciutto which is totally optional but pairs perfectly with the figs.  The vinaigrette was made with orange juice, honey and dijon.  A delicious salad to ease summertime flavors into fall!

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