This simple fig balsamic vinegar recipe is the perfect combination of tangy balsamic vinegar and sweet figs.
If you haven't tried flavored vinegars before you are truly missing out. Figs with balsamic vinegar are a beautiful combination for almost any type of dinner salad.
It is the ideal addition to countless recipes, from salads and dressings to savory dishes and even desserts. Its rich, mellow fig flavor combined with the sweet, dark balsamic vinegar creates a perfect balance that can elevate any meal.
Whether you're a seasoned chef or just trying it for the first time, this balsamic fig vinegar recipe is sure to become a staple in your kitchen. If you are looking for a thicker and sweeter version, this Balsamic Fig Glaze will surely hit the spot!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
Fig balsamic vinegar is a versatile and delectable ingredient that adds depth and complexity to your dishes. Here are some reasons why it has earned a special place in the hearts of food enthusiasts:
- Figs in balsamic vinegar boast the sweet, fruity essence of figs, which enhances the taste of both sweet and savory dishes.
- The combination of sweet figs and balsamic vinegar strikes a perfect balance, making it an ideal choice for salad dressings, marinades, and glazes.
- Whether you're making a refreshing fruit salad, a classic Caprese salad, or want to drizzle it over vanilla ice cream, fig balsamic vinegar can do it all.
To create your own small batches of balsamic vinegar with fig, you'll need just a few simple ingredients.
Dried Figs or Fresh Figs are the star of this show, lending their natural sweetness to the vinegar.
Balsamic Vinegar of Modena is a high-quality balsamic vinegar that will help you achieve the best flavor. Try to find one without added caramel color.
If you can't find figs, don't despair. You can use fig jam or fig concentrate to achieve a similar flavor profile. It will create a sweet balsamic vinegar.
White balsamic vinegar can be a substitute for regular balsamic vinegar.
How to Make Fig Balsamic Vinegar
Making your own fig balsamic vinegar is easier than you might think. Print out the full recipe card at the end of this post.
Slice the dried figs (or fresh figs) into quarters. Add the figs to a pint-sized mason jar. Pour the balsamic vinegar on top.
Seal the jar with a lid and allow the figs to soak in the vinegar for 5-7 days.
Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth into a clean, airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.
Recipe Tips & Tricks
- After allowing the figs to soak in the balsamic vinegar, give it a taste test. If you would like a bit more sweetness you can add one or two teaspoons of honey or sugar to the vinegar.
- When adding it to salads, remember that a little will go a long way.
Store your flavored vinegar in a glass container with a tight-fitting lid is ideal for long-term storage. Keep it in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.
How to Use Fig Balsamic Vinegar
The possibilities with fig balsamic vinegar are endless. Here are some delightful ways to incorporate this simple recipe into your dishes:
- Salad Dressings: Create a tantalizing fig balsamic vinaigrette by mixing fig balsamic vinegar with extra virgin olive oil, a hint of honey, and a touch of parmesan cheese.
- Goat Cheese Salad: Add it on top of a spring mix of sweet lettuce, raspberries, and tangy goat cheese for a new favorite salad combo.
- Caprese Salad: Drizzle it over a classic Caprese salad for a sweet twist on a beloved favorite.
- Savory Dishes: Add depth to your savory dishes by using fig balsamic vinegar as a marinade for meats or a glaze for roasted vegetables.
- Desserts: Elevate your desserts by drizzling fig balsamic vinegar over vanilla ice cream, fresh figs, or a slice of cheesecake.
- Fruit Salad: Toss it with fresh fruit, such as honeydew melon, peaches, and pears for a refreshing side dish.
Whether you're preparing a simple salad or planning an elaborate dinner party, the sweet, mellow flavor of fig balsamic vinegar will take your culinary creations to a whole new level.
Experiment with fig balsamic vinegar to create your own signature flavors. Try using white balsamic vinegar for a lighter, fruitier taste or adding herbs and spices like rosemary or thyme for a unique twist.
Frequently Asked Questions
Fig balsamic vinegar has a distinctive and delightful flavor profile that combines the sweetness of figs with the rich, complex notes of dark balsamic vinegar. The sweetness is typically well-balanced and not overly cloying. It offers a unique and pleasant taste that can enhance a wide range of dishes, from salads and dressings to meats, fruits, and desserts. Its versatility and nuanced flavor make it a beloved ingredient in the culinary world, allowing it to add depth and complexity to your favorite recipes.
Fig Balsamic Vinegar
- 8 ounces dried figs
- 1 cup balsamic vinegar
- Slice the dried figs into quarters and add them to a pint-sized mason jar.
- Pour the balsamic vinegar on top of the figs and seal the jar with a lid. Allow the figs to soak in the balsamic vinegar in the fridge for 5-7 days.
- Strain out the figs. Return the jar to the fridge and use the fig balsamic vinegar within 4 weeks.
- After allowing the figs to soak in the balsamic vinegar, give it a taste test. If you would like a little more sweetness you can add 1-2 teaspoons of honey or sugar to the vinegar.