Delicious Winter Salads

Delicious Winter Salads

Delicious winter salads are a challenge because the usual ingredients are limited and mostly tasteless.

This blood orange and radicchio winter salad is more of a suggestion than a recipe! By combining two seasonal winter ingredients you get a taste that complements them both. I start by layering the oranges in slices on the bottom of the salad bowl. Then I add the radicchio, pickled red onions and Castelevetrano olives. Top it off with a vinaigrette made with the blood orange juice and walnut oil. Finish with a sprinkle with a few celery leaves and chopped tarragon and you will have a delicious winter salad.

If you have access to good vegetable market you might have multiple varieties of radicchio to choose from. Most of us are familiar with the dark reddish-purple Italian Chicory but there is also the Ventian Radicchio Castelfranco with its yellow leaves paint-speckled with purple splotches. Or the Tardivo radicchio, known for its long and curled leaf ‘fingers’ that are burgundy and white in color, often with a tinge of green. The Treviso variety is longer in shape, similar to a head of romaine lettuce but with the trademark radicchio coloring, and it tends to be milder in flavor.

If you source seasonal ingredients you can have delicious winter salads!

Venetian Castelfranco Radicchio

Venetian Castelfranco Radicchio

Tardivo Radicchio

Tardivo Radicchio

Treviso Radicchio

Treviso Radicchio

Venetian Castelfranco
Tardivo Radicchio
Treviso Radicchio



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