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Fig & Brie Melt
with pear & walnut salad

Active: 30 minTotal: 30 min
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This meal features two delicious fall fruits - figs and pears. If you've never eaten fresh figs, you're going to fall in love. Their season is short so hopefully you can find them. If not, we offer a substitution using apples and jam or dried figs.


Fig & Brie Melt:
  • Figs (sub dried figs OR 1 apple + 3 Tbsp jam / 8 figs) - 16, halved
  • Brie (sub another melty cheese) - 12 oz, sliced
  • Butter - 4 Tbsp
  • Sandwich bread - 8 slices
Mixed Greens Salad with Pears & Walnuts:
  • Shallots - 1/2 bulb, sliced
  • Pears - 1, sliced
  • Dijon mustard - 2 tsp
  • Vinegar, red wine - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Cooking oil - 3 Tbsp
  • Baby spinach - 4 oz
  • Walnuts, crushed or halves - 2 oz

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Shallots / Figs / Brie - Slice figs in half and slice brie into 1/4” slices.
  2. Pears - Slice.
  3. Make vinaigrette - If you didn’t make extra from Tuesday’s salad, whisk together Dijon, red wine vinegar, and cooking oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)


  1. Butter one side of each piece of bread with about 1/2 Tbsp (7 g) of butter each. Lay out bread buttered-side down. Layer with cheese, figs (or apples and jam), cheese and top with bread, buttered-side up. Continue until all sandwiches are made.
  2. Heat up a griddle or a skillet over medium heat. Place sandwiches onto heated surface (as many as can fit) and press down throughout the grilling process with a spatula. Flip once the first side is golden, ~ 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. When grilled cheeses are all done, toss vinaigrette with shallots, pears, spinach, and walnuts. Enjoy sandwiches with salad!

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This meal has 30 reviews

I had to use dried figs and I didn't care for the sandwich because of that. Next time I will use fig jam. I also think the sandwich could use more fig and a tiny bit less brie. Also a video on how to cut the brie would be nice because that was so hard to cut into slices! The salad was perfect, made a second helping of it because it was so good.

By: Carson
Posted: Dec 07, 2018
Diet: Original

Salad was perfect, but next time I will use fig jam instead of dried figs and add apple slices.

By: Monica
Posted: Dec 28, 2017
Diet: Original

The salad dressing was too tart but sandwich was great- we used fig jam because we couldn't find figs and also added apple slices.

By: Kara
Posted: Feb 09, 2016
Diet: Original

For the sandwiches, we used thinly sliced English Muffin bread and spread it with fig preserves, added a little bit of sliced dried figs and then the brie and grilled it on the panini press and it was fab. Really fab! But the real winner of this was the side salad. The dressing was PERFECT with the fruits. We used a mix of baby greens with more baby spinach and because the pear I had was a bit bland I added some more of the sliced dried figs and then subbed roasted pistachios for the walnuts due to allergies. The bit of bite from the shallots and mustard was a perfect compliment to the sweetness of the fig, pear and greens. So good! Definitely a keeper recipe!

By: Twila
Posted: Jan 07, 2016
Diet: Original

We had to use apples instead of the figs, but it was delicious.

By: Jacob
Posted: Dec 30, 2015
Diet: Original

Simple but so yummy. An old grilled cheese trick- a thin spread of mayo instead of butter makes bread crisp perfectly.

By: Jessica
Posted: Dec 11, 2015
Diet: Original