Radicchio, Blood Orange & Goat Cheese Salad

The middle of winter can be a challenge to make salads. As with any vegetable or fruit, look for what is currently in season to create a flavorful & healthy dish of greens, fruit & veggies.  This month in honor of Saint Vincent of Zaragoza, Spain & the Patron Saint of Wine Vinegar, we tried Chef Justin Severino’s salad of radicchio lettuce, “blood” oranges & goat cheese dressed with vinaigrette made from Villa Gabriella Organic 8 year aged Balsamic Vinegar di Modena & single estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The recipe states preparation takes only 15 minutes; however it took us longer to supreme oranges for the 1st time, toast & chop the pistachios. The array of winter ingredients resulted in a delicious medley of sweet, savory, tangy, salty, creamy & nutty flavors all in 1 colorful dish! Serve it as a starter or as a side dish to fish. 

Serves 4

Simple Ingredients: 

  • 6 tablespoons of Villa Gabriella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil + extra to season
  • 2 tablespoon Villa Gabriella Organic, 8 year Aged Balsamic Vinegar
  • Juice of ½ a medium sized lemon, if possible not from concentrate
  • 2 medium sized “blood”oranges
  • 1 ½ medium heads of radicchio lettuce, washed, dried & separated into 3 inch or bite size pieces
  • 8 ounces soft, room temperature goat cheese
  • 1 large, ripe avocado cubed
  • ¾ cup pistachio nuts, toasted & coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup mint leaves, wash, dried & roughly chopped + extra for garnish
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Sea salt 

Easy Directions:

  1. For the vinaigrette, place vinegar into a small bowl, slowly whisk in oil, season with lemon juice, salt & pepper to taste, set aside.
  2. To supreme the oranges, use a knife to trim the top & bottom of the fruit. 
  3. Set the orange on 1 end, slice from top to bottom following the curve of the fruit, cutting away the peel & white pith. 
  4. Loosen & release the orange sections one at a time by inserting the blade between membrane the flesh on either side, then removing loosened flesh. Place orange sections in a large bowl. 
  5. Gently combine orange sections, mint, pistachios, pomegranate seeds, avocado & radicchio lettuce. 
  6. Re-whisk the vinaigrette & pour over the ingredients to coat the salad mixture. Season with salt.
  7. Arrange the goat cheese across a serving platter or individual plates. 
  8. Drizzle the cheese with olive oil & season with salt & pepper. 
  9. Arrange the salad over cheese & garnish with extra mint & pistachios
  10. Serve & enjoy!

 

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