Roasted fig salad with pancetta croutons...

By: Nikki and Jordan Shearer

Masterchef NZ runners up Nikki and Jordan Shearer continue to impress us with their easy-to-make creations, including this roasted fig salad with pancetta croutons and port wine dressing.

Fig -salad -recipe

Serves 4

This is an easy go to side salad, entree, or addition to a full meal! Let’s be honest… ripe juicy figs, salty pancetta, sticky port wine and a dash of stinky blue… it’s a no brainer! If you don’t have pancetta – streaky bacon works as well, bake until bacon is crispy, turning croutons occasionally.

Port wine dressing


  • ¾ cup ruby port
  • ¼ cup red wine
  • ¼ cup rice bran oil
  • 4 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp walnut oil
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • ½ Tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • ½ Tbsp pomegranate molasses


  1. Add all ingredients for port wine dressing to a pot on a medium heat.
  2. Simmer for 6-8 minutes until syrupy.
  3. Remove from heat and set aside until ready to use.
  4. Pancetta Croutons
  5. 4 slices ciabatta
  6. 12 strips of pancetta

Olive oil


  1. Heat oven to 180°C
  2. Cut fresh ciabatta bread into little finger size strips approx. 2cm in width and brush with olive oil.
  3. Wrap each bread strip with a slice of pancetta and place on an oven tray lined with baking paper.
  4. Bake at 180°C until pancetta begins to crisp, approximately 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and set aside.



  • 4 x fresh figs sliced in half.
  • 8 Tbsp of port wine dressing recipe


  1. Still at 180°C, drizzle 1 Tbsp port wine dressing over each fig half and bake for 8 minutes, basting every 2 minutes.
  2. Remove from oven and set aside.

To assemble


  • 100g Kapiti Kikorangi blue cheese
  • 2 cups mixed mesclun salad leaves


  1. If serving individually, place a half cup of lettuce leaves in the centre of each plate and crumble over ¼ of blue cheese.
  2. Place 2 fig halves on each plate and 3 pancetta croutons.
  3. Drizzle over 1-2 Tbsp port wine dressing and serve.

Don't miss Nikki and Jordan's recipes in every issue of Motorhomes Caravans & Destinations. Subscribe here.

Keep up to date with news by signing up to's free newsletter or by liking us on Facebook