You guys. Salad. Salad!!
For some reason I don’t eat salads very often. I LOVE them, think they are so amazing, but I rarely eat them! I think maybe it’s because I’m too lazy to make one for lunch, and for dinner we usually do something fancier because AJ has salad (not a salad, just salad – he eats spinach and kale plain all by themselves!) every.single.day for lunch. And people call me a rabbit.
But I don’t care any more. Salad is on the menu every day from here on out. Especially if it has Apples & Radiccio on it.
I don’t know if apples + radiccio is really weird (is it totally weird??), but I am in love. For some reason this idea just popped into my head and I wasn’t sure if it would work, but for realz. It works.
I’m just kinda getting started with bitter foods. I have the Bitter cookbook, which is an amazing and beautiful ode to all things bitter. And sometimes I love it. I made this radiccio and gorgonzola pasta one time and it was delicious. But then sometimes bitter flavors catch me off guard and I feel all taken aback and like the beautiful food I just made has somehow betrayed me.
They say that you appreciate bitter foods more and more as you age because your tastebuds pick up fewer and fewer strong flavors, so I think I’m still just getting used to it.
So, I was kind of afraid to make this salad. I had this idea – apples & radiccio – but I wasn’t really sure how much I would like it. So I threw it together for lunch yesterday, whipped up a quick apple cider vinaigrette, and dug in. And it was good.
Like, I wished I had made double the amount good.
The sweet-tart apples just complemented the slight bite of the radiccio, and the tangy dressing was simple enough to let the other flavors shine, but vinegary enough to make my taste buds tingle. I may or may not have licked this bowl after all the salad was gone to make sure I got the last drop of dressing out. 😳
We should also talk about apples. I am so horrible about posting seasonal recipes! Here we are, more than halfway through October, and this is my first apple recipe. I’m really sorry. It’s not that I don’t like apples. It’s that we’ve been getting them from a local apple farm 10 lbs at a time and we still just eat them all raw before I can do anything with them. Because they are just so darned good.
This week’s varieties were Jonalicious and Golden Delicious – two of my favorites. Super crisp and sweet-tart. SO GOOD.
Sooo maybe some sort of apple dessert next week? I’ll try, but I’ll have to hide them from the resident food monster. Wish me luck!
This Apple & Radiccio Salad perfectly balances sweet, tangy apples with the bite of radiccio. It's the perfect fall salad!
5 minPrep Time
5 minTotal Time
- 1 small apple, cored and sliced
- 1 very small head radiccio
- 4 cups salad greens
- 2 Tbsp shelled sunflower seeds
- 3-4 Tbsp crumbled goat cheese
- fresh cracked black pepper
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 tsp sugar
- pinch salt
- Pile up all the salad ingredients. Mix the dressing ingredients together with a fork, then drizzle over the salad. Eat!