Figs, prosciutto, buffalo mozzarella and vino cotto

Figs, prosciutto, mozzarella and vino cotto.
Figs, prosciutto, mozzarella and vino cotto. Photo: Marina Oliphant

This is simple, seasonal food at its best. Buy quality ingredients and reap the rewards. If you can't find the fig vino cotto, simply drizzle over some aged balsamic or a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.


100g mache (micro lettuce shoots) or other salad greens

12 fresh, ripe purple or green figs

350g (6 small) buffalo mozzarella or fiore di latte

12 slices of prosciutto

1 cup green and purple basil leaves

salt and freshly ground black pepper

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

3 tbsp fig vino cotto


Wash the mache and dry well. Scatter on a large serving platter.

Cut the stem from each fig and discard, then tear figs in half and place onto platter.

Tear the mozzarella into large chunks and place on top, then drape over the slices of prosciutto. Scatter over the torn basil leaves and season well with salt and pepper.

Mix the olive oil with the vino cotto and drizzle over the salad.