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RADICCHIO SALAD & ORANGE SEED DRESSING

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Although I can’t claim my radicchio salad is unique, as recipes for this salad are almost as ubiquitous as Greek salads wherever this Italian leaf chicory is plentiful, maybe it’s my dressing that separates it from other contenders. Radicchio’s variegated wine red leaves of slightly bitter flavour is best mellowed with sweet naval oranges, which I’ve paired with the rich meaty texture of pecans and luscious figs, and is especially delicious drizzled with an orange seed dressing. If figs aren't available, as this is a winter salad, use sweet pears. 

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Health benefits:

·       Radicchio is loaded with vitamin K and is a key food in the Mediterranean diet that supports heart health, decreasing heart attack risk and contributing to a healthy blood pressure. The presence of vitamin K helps the body builds and maintains strong bones that assists in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.

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RADICCHIO SALAD & ORANGE SEED DRESSING

V, DF, SF

Makes a side salad

 

1 head radicchio

1 navel orange

3 figs

½ cup pecans

Carefully separate the radicchio leaves, tear large pieces into two while keeping the inner leaves as cups, and place on a serving plate. Peel the navel orange, cut into slices and cut into halves. Place orange segments into the radicchio cups around the plate. Slice the figs into circles and place into radicchio cups. Cut the pecans into bite sizes and sprinkle over the plate.

Enjoy!

ORANGE SEED DRESSING

1 cup orange juice

1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds

1 tablespoon sesame seeds

¼ green shallot onion

2 cm knob ginger

sprig rosemary

Place ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Store in a glass jar for up to a week in the fridge or pour into a serving jar for immediate use.