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Orange Radicchio Salad And Other Ways To Use This Chicory

Orange Radicchio Salad And Other Ways To Use This Chicory
Radicchio Orange And Basil
Radicchio Orange And Basil

Happy fall everyone!  I love radicchio and as we move into fall, the cooler temperatures produce a more sweet and mild flavor (though still pleasantly bitter) as opposed to the stronger flavor in summer.  This member of the chicory family is crunchy, full of bold flavor, very colorful and makes a beautiful addition to a fall or winter menu. Radicchio looks like a little red cabbage but the leaves are softer with a texture in between that of lettuce and cabbage.

Orange Radicchio Salad
Orange Radicchio Salad

I use it often in salads as it is very hearty and can stand up to being paired with big flavors, roasted vegetables and bold salad dressings.  Radicchio is also very delicious grilled or roasted.

Duck Confit And Radicchio Orange Salad
Duck Confit And Radicchio Orange Salad

This week I am sharing my Orange Radicchio Salad which is radicc-ulously easy to make (sorry, couldn’t help myself!).  The salad is refreshing and bright, a great foil for a hearty autumn stew or pasta or rich roasted meat like duck confit. Best of all, this will only take you 5-10 minutes 🙂

Radicchio Salad with Orange, Basil and Olives
Radicchio Salad with Orange, Basil and Olives

Grilling is another great way to enjoy radicchio and it really mellows the strong flavor.  You can go simple with just olive oil, salt and pepper or kick it up a notch with a quick drizzle of balsamic a few minutes before it’s finished on the grill.  To make it extra rich and a little more unusual, add some mild creamy blue cheese.  I’ve included the easy recipe below for grilled radicchio with cambazola cheese which is one of our household favorites. This is one of our go-to side dishes with grilled steak on a Friday night and keeps the dinner easy because both are done on our gas grill leaving me no dishes.

Bon Appetit, Friends!

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Orange Radicchio Salad

Crunchy and fresh, sweet and salty, bitter and briny this salad is a refreshing addition to heavier fall and winter dinners.
Course Salad
Cuisine canadian, Italian, Mediterranean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author Sabrina Currie

Ingredients

  • 1 Head Radicchio
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Large Navel Orange
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste I used 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 12 Large Green Olives
  • 10-12 Basil Leaves

Instructions

  1. Roughly chop the radicchio and toss with olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper.

  2. Cut top and bottom of orange peel off orange and squeeze the juice from the cut ends over salad.  Finish cutting peel and pith off orange and then cut in sections (supremes) or slices and add to salad.
    Orange Supremes
  3. Add olives, tear and add basil leaves then toss again, adjust salt and pepper to taste and serve.

    Radicchio Orange Salad With Olives

 

Grilled Radicchio And Cambazola Cheese

Slowly grilling the radicchio softens the bitterness and amplifies it's sweetness.  The melted mild blue cheese on top makes this a luxurious and unusual side dish perfect with a rich meat like grilled steak or a roasted duck breast.
Course Hot Salad, Salad, Side Dish, Vegetable
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Author Sabrina Currie

Ingredients

  • 1 Head Radicchio
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • to taste Salt and Pepper
  • 4 slices Cambazola Cheese (approx 4 tbsp or 4 oz)

Instructions

  1. Pre heat grill to medium heat.
  2. Peel off any brown outer leaves of radicchio and cut in half through stem so each half is attached to stem at bottom. Brush cut sides with olive oil, sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper (go easy on salt because the cheese is also salty) and place on grill, cut side down. Put lid on grill.

  3. Grill slowly until cooked through but still firm in middle, then flip over and top each half with 2 slices of the cheese and continue to grill until cheese is melted and serve. (Approximately 15 minutes total)

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