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Radicchio & Orange Salad

Winter calls for hearty warm meals but when you are in the mood for something fresh, combine some of the best ingredients this season has to offer!



It takes minutes to prepare and you can chop the veggies in any shape. I like to leave the leaves whole and then cut them on my plate but feel free to chop the radicchio and the fennel in the size and shape you prefer.

The real secret of this salad is the crunchy combination of different textures and the Orange balsamic Vinaigrette that brings them all together.


SERVES 4


Ingredients


For the salad
  • 1 head of Radicchio

  • 1 big fennel

  • 1 orange

  • A few parsley leaves

  • 4 walnuts

For the vinaigrette
  • Juice of half orange

  • ¼ cup of olive oil

  • 2 tbsp of balsamic vinegar

  • 1 tsp of dijon mustard

  • ½ tsp of salt

  • A pinch of pepper

  • 1 tsp of honey (optional)

Directions

  1. Chop radicchio, fennel, and orange in the size and shape you prefer.

  2. Place them in a big bowl and top them with a few parsley leaves and chopped walnuts.

  3. Now prepare the vinaigrette by simply whisking all the ingredients together.

  4. Serve the salad with a generous amount of vinaigrette. Enjoy!

Note: You might not need all the vinaigrette, so if there is some leftover you can keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days. Just remember to bring the dressing to room temperature at least half an hour before using it.


 

Did you know that Radicchio can help with insomnia?


Once considered a “poor” vegetable and used to feed animals, today Radicchio is well known as a real winter treasure. Radicchio - like any other vegetable and fruit with strong red pigmentation - is rich in antioxidants. It contains anthocyanins, which help prevent cardiovascular disease, and tryptophan, which helps fight insomnia. This organic compound represents the starting point for the synthesis of some biological substances, including serotonin (the so-called "feel-good hormone"), which is a precursor of melatonin, the hormone that regulates the quality and duration of our sleep.


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