This Fig Balsamic Vinaigrette is the best salad dressing for fall! It's made with roasted fresh figs tossed in maple syrup, a touch of cinnamon, thyme, garlic, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil. It's super flavorful, slightly sweet, and it'll be your new go-to vinaigrette for when you're looking to dress up your greens!
Begin by making the maple roasted figs. Preheat oven to 400℉. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Add the figs, olive oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt and pepper to the baking sheet and toss to coat. Bake for 10 minutes or until the figs are soft and juicy. Let cool.
Make the vinaigrette. Add the cooled figs to a food processor or blender, along with the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, 1 tablespoon of water, garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper. If a thinner consistency is desired, add the additional tablespoon of water and blend again until smooth. Vinaigrette will keep in a sealed container for up to 1 week!
*Vinaigrette will keep in a sealed container for up to 1 week!
*My current favorite salad combo with this vinaigrette: a mixture of spring mix and baby kale, roasted chicken, honeycrisp apples, roasted sweet potatoes, and chopped pistachios! Feta or goat cheese, and a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds would be amazing too!