Monday, April 22, 2013

Radicchio Apple Salad

When it comes to menu planning, I have an endless amount of main dishes that I have bookmarked.  But sides, on the other hand, seem to be a little more challenging for me.  I tend to fall in a rut and make the same things over and over again.  If we're having a heavier main course I try to find light and flavorful sides to serve.  Now if the main dish is on the lighter side I have no problem opting for a side that is a little on the heavier side, especially if there's one or two I've been eyeing.
I'm always a sucker for a delicious salad; whether it's the main course or a simple side.  In my opinion you can never go wrong with a salad.  Salads are delicious, good for you and there are so many different options and combinations, your imagination is truly the limit. 
As the weather conintues to get warmer, lighter meals and sides are a necessity.  This radicchio apple salad definitely fits the bill for a delicious and full-flavored salad.  One of the best things about this salad is it can be thrown together in no time. 
This salad is delicious, satysifying, sweet and slightly tart.  The base of the salad is radicchio, which has a slightly bitter flavor.  The apples add a nice bit of sweetness and tartness which helps to cut the bitterness of the radicchio.  The radicchio, apples and red onions are then tossed in a apple cider vinegarette and seasoned with a touch of salt and pepper.  The end result is amazing.  Slightly sweet, a bit tart, tangy and perfectly balanced.  All of the flavors work together beautifully and makes a side that would compliment so many dishes.    

Radicchio Apple Salad
Ingredients:

1 Head radicchio
1/2 Medium Honey Crisp/Pink Lady apple, thinly sliced
1/4 Cup red onion, diced
1 1/2 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 1/2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
3-4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

Combine the honey, mustard, cider vinegar and olive oil in a bowl and whisk to combine.  Set aside.

Rinse radicchio thoroughly and dry.  Thinly slice the radicchio and place in a medium bowl.  Add the diced onions and sliced apples to the bowl.  Pour the vinegar mixture over the radicchio and toss to combine.  Season with salt and pepper, cover and place the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before serving.

Recipe source: A Lynsey Original 

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