A Daily Dinner: Lamb Sausage, Goat Cheese and Figs

Lamb Sausage, Fig and Goat Cheese Salad

Along with the cooler temperatures, fall also brings with it some of the best produce around: butternut squash, kale, Brussels sprouts, apples, pears and one of the best of all—figs!

These tender, sweet fruits are a treat to eat on their own (believe me, I ate plenty of them!) but they can really shine when paired with a few supporting cast mates.

Black Mission Figs

We paired our Black Mission figs with smoky lamb sausage, grilled red onions, and a creamy Sainte-Maure goat cheese, all atop a bed of baby greens and drizzled with a simple balsamic vinaigrette.

While you could substitute any kind of sweet or hot Italian sausage in this salad, it’s worth getting lamb sausage. Its rich and complex flavors add an entirely new character to this dish.

The cheese you use is also very important. Any crumbled goat milk cheese (or even feta) will be delicious, but an aged cheese, like our Sainte-Maure, will be much smoother and a bit more salty than tangy—a great combination with the figs.

Lamb Sausage, Figs, Red Onion and Sainte-Maure Goat Cheese

Lamb Sausage, Goat Cheese and Fig Salad

4 fresh lamb sausages (or Italian sausages)
1 red onion, thinly sliced
Mixed salad greens
8 oz. Sainte-Maure goat cheese (or other aged goat milk cheese), sliced into rounds
6 fresh figs, quartered

For the vinaigrette:
Olive oil
Balsamic vinegar
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp. brown sugar

1. Heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle onion with salt and pepper and cook until soft, about 10 minutes. Remove onion from skillet and add remaining tablespoon of oil.
2. Cook sausages until browned, about 3 minutes per side, depending on their size. Remove from skillet and let rest for 5 minutes, then slice.
3. Meanwhile, mix olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic clove and brown sugar in a small bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste.
4. Arrange greens on a plate and top with sausage, grilled onions, figs, and cheese. Drizzle with dressing.

Lamb, Fig and Goat Cheese Salad

Every ingredient sang on its own, but this dinner was really spectacular when everything—the honey-sweet figs, the salty sausages, the rich and creamy goat cheese—came together as one delectable unit.

It also doesn’t hurt that this (beautiful, if I do say so myself!) meal came together in about 20 minutes. Efficient, dinner party-worthy and delicious? You certainly can’t beat that.

- Laura


  1. Anna
    Oct 05, 2011 @ 01:13:10

    I may not have a good supply of great lamb sausage but this won’t hinder me from trying this dish. Thanks for mentioning a good choice of Italian sausage is quite okay.


  2. natalie @ The SoHo
    Oct 05, 2011 @ 19:17:45

    I’m obsessed with figs lately.


    • Smith & Ratliff
      Oct 05, 2011 @ 23:03:16

      They’re just so good. What do you like to use them in? I need more ideas! -LR


  3. Brodsky Organization
    Oct 06, 2011 @ 10:45:44

    This looks absolutely delicious. We’ve always been a little wary of figs… that whole fig wasp thing. If you don’t want to know, don’t Google it.


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