Radicchio is a beautiful, tasty and "tough" winter vegetable capable of coping with cold temperatures.
I grew up on radicchio, my parents always used to grow lots of it in the field. Homegrown radicchio is far tastier than the radicchio you can find in the shops, particularly if it is organically grown; it just has a much deeper and better taste altogether.
I tried growing it in the UK but it was a struggle because the weather is too wet for it and it just goes rotten. In order to successfully grow radicchio you need a cold and dry weather, that is why Northern Italy has the perfect climate for it.
To prepare radicchio it doesn't take long. Just a simple dressing made with olive oil, vinegar and salt will make it delicious. Radicchio can be bitter that is why it goes well with something sweet like orange. Radicchio and oranges are both winter crops, in season now.
This salad will only take a few minutes to prepare.
TIP: If you like, you can add something else to it like for instance sliced fennel which goes very well with it.
- Prep Time : 15 minutes
- Yield : 2
Clean and wash the radicchio, cut it into strips and arrange it on a serving dish. In a bowl mix the olive oil with the vinegar, the juice of half an orange, salt and pepper and mix well.
Pour the dressing on the radicchio and mix well.
Peel the 2 oranges, remove all the white skin. Cut them into segments and arrange them on top of the radicchio.
Scatter the dill leaves on top and serve.