Making More Salads with Radicchio
With spring approaching I am ready to start incorporating more colorful salads in my diet. I am always more motivated to make a salad when I can buy fresh greens from the farmer’s market. But when I saw this beautiful head of organic radicchio at Whole Foods I immediately wanted to create something fresh and delicious. Whenever I go to the grocery store or the farmers market I like to look at all the produce that is available and buy what looks fresh. What really makes grocery shopping fun for me is finding something new I haven’t tried before. I have never bought radicchio before. Yes, I have had it in a salad mix. But never have I created something delicious before.
Radicchio is an extremely healthy vegetable from the chicory family, not to be confused with cabbage. It is a bitter vegetable but the more bitter it is the healthier it is for you. If you aren’t used to the flavor it is best to balance the flavor with less intense greens and cut it into small pieces. Or cook it for the bitter taste to soften and sweeten. Radicchio is a rich source of vitamin K and it is high in minerals like zinc and copper.
If you wish to try this unique vegetable for yourself you must try my Tuscan Radicchio salad recipe below. With a jalapeno citrus viniagrete.
Tuscan Radicchio Salad
1/2 head of Radicchio
1/2 head of Bibb Lettuce
1/2 bunch of Kale
sunflower seeds/hemp seeds
Salt and pepper
Jalapeno Citrus Vinaigrette
Citrus of your choice (I used grapefruit, lemon, and blood orange
Apple cider vinegar
Diced up jalapeño
Eat the rainbow and enjoy! Let me know if you try this recipe in the comments below.