Warm Radicchio Salad is a recipe for success for a winter dinner, elegant starter or lunch time treat. This one comes in two variations: With or without Feta cheese. You choose which one works best for your occasion, as the base is the same for both.
Warm Radicchio Salad Recipe
Radicchio – sometimes called Italian Chicory – is a certified super food as it is rich in antioxidants, dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals that are thought to promote heart health, reduce cholesterol, increase vitamin C utilisation and may reduce cancer risk. A lot of health benefits in a few leaves!
When winter releases its grip, salads and cabbage turn more bitter as the warmth enters into their core. The time is now to get them from your vegetable patch if you live in southern climates, or simply buy them and enjoy their healthy additions to your dishes.
My neighbour gave me three radicchio heads as he stopped by for an express (o) chat, and told me he was making risotto with his ones.
I thought about Jamie Oliver, and his wonderful TV series and Cookbook about his Essex kitchen garden. Indeed, he had inspiration, recipes and ideas. I took some of them, and invented by own take based largely on what I had at home.
Radicchio, Pears, Walnuts – warm in a balsamic honey dressing with added spices to irradiate any bitter taste (that radicchio can give). What a great dinner I made for myself, and here I share it with you 🙂 .
Enjoy my take on a warm winter salad — and choose if you want to add Feta Cheese or not. You might even have some additions on your own to recommend? Let us know or subscribe and get your recipe published on The GOODista.
- 2 Radicchio, outer leaves removed
- 1 Red Onion
- 1 Pear
- 50 gram Baby Spinach
- 30 gram Walnuts
- 30 gram Feta Cheese (optional)
- 1 Tsp Olive Oil
- 2 tsp Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 tsp Honey
- Pinch of Cinnamon
- Pinch of Nutmeg
- Za'atar to taste (optional — adds fab flavour!)
- Salt and Pepper as per taste
- Take out a bowl, and prepare your dressing. Use the spices to you taste, but go sparingly on the salt as it can take over easily.
- Chop the Onion in slices, and roughly cut the Radicchio into shreds.
- Cut your Pear into long slices (approx. 1 cm thick)
- Add the vegetables and pear into your bowl and mix throughly with your hands (they are such good tools, right? 🙂 )
- Heat up a griddle pan, and add the content of your bowl.
- The Radicchio and Pear mix will shrivel and liquify in its own juices helped by the balsamic honey dressing that now turns sticky. After about 5 (five) minutes the warm salad is ready to be placed on a bed of Baby Spinach.
- Place the Baby Spinach on a serving plate, and spoon your warm salad on top.
- Add the walnuts.
- Now you can choose to grate Feta Cheese on top - or not if you are non-dairy, vegan or just prefer not to.
- Serve as warm as possible, and enjoy as starter, main course or treat.
- Can easily be scaled up if you have guests.
- For conversion from metric you can use this link: http://www.convert-me.com/en/convert/cooking/
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Related and Recommended:
- Get Jamie Oliver’s TV series and Cookbook from Amazon.co.uk:
- Jamie Oliver’s Recipes – jamieoliver.com
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