A Sexy Fig, Mozzarella, and Prosciutto Salad, Good Enough for The Land of Mutz

This is a delicious and sexy salad made with figs, fresh mozzarella and Prosciutto De Parma. It is an easy and elegant salad that can be served as a first course meal for a casual dinner for two or more, a special date night, or dinner party. This simple salad adapts to any ocaision.

Hoboken NJ is the land of Mutz. Say whaaat, Mutz? Yes, Mutz pronounced with an emphasis on the sounds of the first two letters,  Mmuutz, and is a local term of endearment for fresh made mozzarella. I do not mean to be disrespectful to the Bronx and Brooklyn. They each have their great Italian neighborhoods with delicious Italian cuisine and traditions, but Hoboken’s Mutz stands above all others in the area. It is so delicious in fact that every Italian Deli in Hoboken has their own house made Mutz and claims to be the best.

This is a delicious and sexy salad made with figs, fresh mozzarella and Prosciutto De Parma. It is an easy and elegant salad that can be served as a first course meal for a casual dinner for two or more, a special date night, or dinner party. This simple salad adapts to any ocaision.
Fresh Mozzarella, Figs, Prosciutto de Parma and fresh Basil

About four years ago Hoboken started a Mutz Festival to showcase all the freshly made Mutz from each deli and crown the winner of Best Mutz in Hoboken. Mutzfest has a secondary purpose to raise money for local charities as well. A Mutzfest? Absolutely, and the line to get in is several blocks long. Who can say no to eating fresh mozzarella from every Italian Deli in town and roll away one happy Mutz-stuffed champion? I have this vision of every deli owner with their extended family staying up all night, teaming together to pull the mozzarella needed for the Mutzfest. There probably is not a single bit of space left on the counters, shelves, floors, anywhere in all of Hoboken, to put all that Mutz.

Hoboken Mutzfest

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I have never attended the Hoboken Mutzfest, but my son has. He is also lucky to live in Hoboken and be able to satisfy any Mutz craving at any time on any given day. If you were to ask him what his favorite Mutz is, his response would most likely be, “The one I am eating now.” They are all that good, although Vito’s Deli has the bragging rights to being the best Mutz in Hoboken. When every block you turn on has a deli advertising their homemade fresh mozzarella it is hard to resist. What is a poor boy to do with all that Mutz?

This is a delicious and sexy salad made with figs, fresh mozzarella and Prosciutto De Parma. It is an easy and elegant salad that can be served as a first course meal for a casual dinner for two or more, a special date night, or dinner party. This simple salad adapts to any ocaision.
Fresh Mission Figs

I am a big fan of Caprese salad with garden ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil with a drizzle of balsamic syrup. It is a wonderful appetizer that everyone loves and devours. There are other appetizer options to serve fresh mozzarella that are just as delicious and some would say very sexy. Fig, Mozzarella and Prosciutto Salad is very sexy indeed and a great choice for a salad during fig season.

This is a delicious and sexy salad made with figs, fresh mozzarella and Prosciutto De Parma. It is an easy and elegant salad that can be served as a first course meal for a casual dinner for two or more, a special date night, or dinner party. This simple salad adapts to any ocaision.
Fresh Mission Figs

I discovered this recipe in a cookbook by Jamie Oliver, Happy Days with the Naked Chef. I gave this book as a gift to one of my sons, and before he left with it, I scoured the book for inspiration. When Jamie Oliver titles a salad the “The Easiest, Sexiest Salad in the World,” you stop what you’re doing and take a closer look. He was right. Figs are just plain and simple, sexy. They present themselves as even sexier, when they are very ripe and slit open with a lemon-honey dressing drizzled all over them, and ribbons of Prosciutto de Parma are woven around the figs, and dollops of fresh mozzarella are scattered throughout. This is a first course meal that is elegant, impressive, easy, and inviting.

This is a delicious and sexy salad made with figs, fresh mozzarella and Prosciutto De Parma. It is an easy and elegant salad that can be served as a first course meal for a casual dinner for two or more, a special date night, or dinner party. This simple salad adapts to any ocaision.
Sexy Salad with Figs, Fresh Mozzarella, Prosciutto and Basil

August is the  perfect time to serve the “Easiest and Sexiest Salad in the World”, as there are fresh figs in all the stores. There is no cooking involved, just assemble and go. Serve Fig, Mozzarella and Prosciutto Salad for your special someone, or as a first course at a dinner party, and you will be declared the sexiest host/hostess with the mostest in the world.

A Sexy Fig, Mozzarella, and Prosciutto Salad, Good Enough for The Land of Mutz

Prep Time: 15 minutes

2 servings

A Sexy Fig, Mozzarella, and Prosciutto Salad, Good Enough for The Land of Mutz

Very simply this is a delicious and sexy salad recipe made with figs, fresh mozzarella and prosciutto. There is no cooking required, just slice, assemble, and serve. This salad is an elegant first course for a romantic dinner for two or can be easily scaled up for a dinner party. It's simplicity makes this salad at home for a casual meal, and its elegance makes it suitable for a formal dinner.

I proportioned the salad as two figs per person and one full slice of prosciutto, (cut in half lengthwise) per person, and two pieces of mozzarella per person. If you are serving this for a dinner party you can easily portion out as one fig per person and keep the rest of the ingredients the same.

This salad can be adapted into many versions. Serve it on a bed of arugula, or change the cheese to buratta or goat cheese. Cut the prosciutto into bite size pieces and fry them till crispy and sprinkle them over the arugula, figs and cheese, drizzled with the same salad dressing. It is all delicious. Enjoy!

This recipe is slightly adapted from a recipe in Happy Days with the Naked Chef by Jamie Oliver, "The Easiest, Sexiest Salad in the World".

Ingredients

    Fig, Mozzarella and Prosciutto Salad
  • 4 Black Mission Figs
  • 2-4 thin slices of Prosciutto do Parma
  • Fresh Mozzarella, or Buffalo Mozzarella
  • 2 leaves of Fresh Basil
  • Lemon and Honey Dressing
    Lemon and Honey Dressing
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 3 Tablespoons of good quality of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

    Fig and Mozzarella and Proscuitto de Parma Salad
  1. Cut off the stems of each fig, as close to the top as possible so you can have a nice tip. Starting at the top of the fig, slice two-thirds of the way down the middle, then criss-cross with your knife at the top of the incision and slice two-thirds down the fig again. Gently squeeze the bottom of each fig so it opens up like a flower.
  2. Place the figs on a serving dish large enough to accommodate all of the ingredients.
  3. Slice each slice of Prosciutto de Parma lengthwise down the middle, aim for one piece of prosciutto for each fig. Weave each slice around the figs creating ribbons of prosciutto. (Depending on the size of your prosciutto you can omit slicing them in half. I do so to make it easier to control and eat.)
  4. Cut the mozzarella into large bite size pieces totalling at least two pieces of mozzarella for each fig, and scatter the mozzarella across the plate between the figs and prosciutto.
  5. Rip, or cut with scissors, the basil leaves and scatter them around the salad.
  6. Drizzle the salad with lemon and honey dressing around and in the figs.
  7. Serve immediately.
    Lemon Honey Dressing
  1. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a bowl, then drizzle the honey into the bowl. Whisk together until combined and the honey is dissolved.
  2. Add about a 1/4 tea of Kosher Salt and a lite grinding of fresh pepper. Whisk together.
  3. Add the olive oil and whisk until completely combined.
  4. Taste the salad dressing and adjust the flavor to your liking by adding a little more of any of the ingredients. Mix again.
  5. Lightly drizzle the dressing over the salad, making sure you get drops of salad dressing in the figs and over and around all of the ingredients. Be careful not to over dress the salad.

Notes

There are very few ingredients in this salad so the ingredients should be of the best quality that you can afford. Use imported prosciutto whenever possible, or you can try serrano ham. Fresh mozzarella is key whether you use buffalo mozzarella or mozzarella made with cows milk. Do not substitute it with generic Polly-O type of mozzarella you buy at the grocery store. It just won't be the same.

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2 thoughts on “A Sexy Fig, Mozzarella, and Prosciutto Salad, Good Enough for The Land of Mutz”

  1. Looks so wonderful! Can’t wait to try it! We’re waiting and hoping that the few figs on our tree will ripen: poor tree has died back twice now in recent winters due to cold.

    Thanks for the blog and recipe.

    1. Sorry to hear about your fig tree. We have the same issue with our persimmon tree. One year I had one persimmon grow but never ripened and that was three years ago. The past two winters the tree died back. I hope you like the recipe with the figs. It is really delicious and so easy to scale up or down to the amount of people you are planning to serve. This recipe is worth the price of figs at your local store if your tree doesn’t pull through. Enjoy!

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