Saturday, July 9, 2011

Grilled Radicchio

During the spring and summer months we are grilling feigns – and year round we are veggie feigns. Until recently, one of the few veggies we had never grilled was salad greens. We aren’t big fans of wilted lettuce, so recipes using romaine and other more delicate greens weren’t very appealing to us. So, we decided to try out radicchio, which has a sturdy almost cabbage-like texture capable of withstanding the heat. I’m happy to report that it worked wonderfully. We also quickly discovered that a drizzle of sweet and tart balsamic vinaigrette was the perfect complement to the slightly bitter flavor characteristic of radicchio. This simple grilled salad has become a regular feature on our summer dinner table; we hope you enjoy it too!

Grilled Radicchio
1/2 head of Radicchio per person
Olive Oil

Balsamic Vinaigrette
2/3 Cup Olive Oil
1/2 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
2 Tablespoons Honey
1 Tablespoon Fresh Basil, finely minced
1 teaspoon Sea Salt, plus more to taste


Vinaigrette: Place all dressing ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake until well combined.

Radicchio: Cut each head of radicchio in half, and brush both sides lightly with olive oil. Grill the radicchio over medium heat for 3-4 minutes per side, until lightly charred. Remove to a serving platter and drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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  1. Oh my, that balsamic vinaigrette sounds delicious.
    Holy Cannoli Recipes

  2. Thanks Kristin! The balsamic dressing is great on all kinds of salads - it is a staple at our house :)

  3. What a great idea and a good recipe. I would like to try this, sounds good. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week. Have a great week end!
    Miz Helen

  4. Thank you for stopping by and we'll see you next week for sure!