Saturday, March 5, 2011

What's Cookin?: Grilled Radicchio Salad

I never really cared for raw radicchio. It's in salad mixes and I usually push it off to the side of the plate or just eat around it. It's not my favorite. I think it's the bitter chicory taste. Imagine my surprise when I realize that I do enjoy it....just grilled. I was out to dinner with a friend once and he ordered the grilled radicchio salad. I made a face. Seriously? You're going to eat a whole plate of that? I tasted it and it was heavenly. What?? Have I been missing out all along?

Radicchio looks like a red cabbage. It's pretty spendy at the store. Thank goodness I decided early on to grow my own this year. I hope they come out!
This salad tastes best grilled on an outdoor grill. It gives it a more smokey flavor. However, when in a pinch, you can always do it indoors. It just doesn't taste as yummy. You've been fore-warned! This salad goes nicely with a simple grilled salmon. Yummy!

Grilled Radicchio Salad
Serves: 4 (for 6 servings, add another head of radicchio)

2 small heads radicchio, quartered lengthwise
1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1-2 tsp. honey
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
either 4 oz. Gorgonzola cheese or grated pecorino romano

1) Slice your heads of radicchio in half (leave the hard stem intact for easy grilling), then again in quarters.

2) Preheat an outdoor gas grill to medium-high or an outdoor charcoal grill to medium-hot or use an indoor stove and a grill pan.

3) Brush radicchio slices with olive oil.
4) Place the heads on the grill rack and cover (or place on your indoor grill pan). Cook until grill marked but still crunchy in the middle, 2-3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.

5) In a small bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup olive oil, vinegars, mustard, salt & pepper. Add 1 tsp. of honey, mix well and taste. Add more honey if needed.

6) You can either serve the quartered heads whole and drizzle with dressing or slice out the hard core of the radicchio, chop roughly and toss with dressing. Sprinkle with cheese and serve.


scrapper al said...

Not a radicchio fan either, but I'd be willing to try it grilled. Is the salad served warm or cold?

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

I have never eaten radicchio before. But you might make me more adventerous:-). Thank you for your prayers for Rayyan health.

~Holly~ said...

scrapper al-It's meant to be served warm but by the time I was done chopping and such, it was luke warm. =0) Still tasty though!