Radicchio Caesar Salad

A couple of weeks ago I was at Nostrana for a luncheon and I had their Radicchio Caesar salad. I had forgotten what a wonderful salad it was. The creamy citrus dressing foils the bitter radicchio. In a world of ubiquitous Caesar salads this one will get your attention.

1 head Radicchio
1 Cup picked parsley leaves
2 green onions

Caesar Dressing
2 cloves garlic minced
1 teaspoon anchovy paste
2 egg yolks
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
the zest and juice of one lemmon
½ cup olive oil

For the caesar dressing combine the garlic, anchovy, egg yolks, Dijon, vinegar, zest and juice of a lemon and grated parmesan cheese. With the blender running, slowly add the olive oil in a small steady stream. The dressing should come together into a creamy dressing. Taste the dressing and add salt and pepper as needed.

Wash the radicchio and toss it with the parsley, green onions, croutons and dressing. Garnish with grated parmesan.


Siobhan said...

Someone was just gushing to me about this salad the other day. I plan to try it at Nostrana, but it's nice to know I can make it at home too. Thanks!

Geri said...

Sounds great and radicchio is so good for you. When examined solely for its antioxidant capabilities, radiccio is an antioxidant powerhouse compared to other fruits and vegetables.

Erin said...

I just made radicchio caesar salad for dinner last night. Wish I had seen this recipe as I just used a standard caesar recipe from my cookbook. It wasn't bad, by any means, but this sounds a little better. Not using egg whites and adding mustard would be good. Tossing with parsley would add some green, too. Thanks for sharing!