I was missing the summer weather so I figured I would put together a summer salad as a side. If you are not familiar radicchio it is in the chicory family. Raw it has a bitter and spicy taste to it. It is fantastic when paired with something sweet or salty, the bitter balances out the flavors. A great addition to this salad would be cherry tomatoes and capers.
Prep Time: 5 minutes Assemble Time: 2 minutes
- 1 large cucumber
- Half a head of radicchio
- Fresh dill
- Good quality Italian dressing
- Fresh parsley
- 2 cloves garlic
- A small shallot
- Olive oil
- Lemon juice
- Grated parmesan
First slice your cucumbers into half-moons, then cut the radicchio to the same size or smaller than the cucumbers. Now mince the fresh dill and add it to the bowl with the vegetables.
Now how much dressing you make will completely depend on your taste. I absolutely drowned mine, so I will not include the measurements. Roughly you will need 1.5 cups of the Italian dressing shaken, ½ cup of lemon juice, a hand full of parsley, the garlic and shallot, 1/3 cup of the parmesan, and S&P then blend it all together. You want it to be as thick as Caesar, if it is to lose add more oil or to thick add caper juice, lemon juice, or white balsamic. Once you have the desired texture taste it then adjust seasonings.
Now just pour over the veggies and serve immediately. If you want to save some DO NOT dress all the salad. Only dress what you will serve then you can save and serve again with out it being watery.