Radicchio, Fig, and Apple Salad

Radicchio, fig, and apple salad. Late summer salad perfection.

Radicchio, Fig, Apple Salad

This radicchio, fig, and apple salad is perfect come late summer when you’re tired of the typical salad selections but you’re not quite ready to swap cool leafy greens for warming soups. It’s crunchy, nutty, bitter, sweet, and surprising as can be. Try it. You’ll like it.–Renee Schettler Rossi

Radicchio, Fig and Apple Salad

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  • 30 M
  • 35 M
  • Serves 4 to 6
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  • For the walnut dressing
  • For the radicchio salad


Make the walnut dressing

Put the toasted walnuts, honey and half the oil into a food processor and blitz on a high speed until the mixture is fairly smooth. Careful not to overmix as it may become too thick to dress. Add the remaining oil and the vinegar and blitz again. Season the dressing with salt and pepper to taste.

Make the radicchio salad

Core the apples, then slice them finely. Put them into a large bowl and cover with the apple juice, which helps to prevent oxidation.

Just before serving, toss the apples, radicchio and figs together with some of the walnut dressing in the bowl. Transfer the mixture to a shallow serving plate and finish with the cheese and baby salad leaves. Drizzle over the remaining dressing to serve.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

Once in a while you find a recipe that just works and that you know you will make again and again. This radicchio salad is one of those recipes that will go in my worn and stained binder of "tried and true" recipes. I found it easy to make and the perfect balance of flavor—the bitter and nutty notes of the radicchio with the sweetness of the dressing was delicious. This salad would be great with just apples or with dried figs in place of fresh when they’re out of season. As the author suggests, prosciutto or another smoked ham would be a lovely addition. I think some chopped walnuts would be nice for a bit of crunch. How about some roasted squash or sweet potato when fall rolls around?

This radicchio salad is a fresh, fruity, and crunchy salad, with some bitterness and a sour and sweet nuttiness. All the ingredients are perfectly balanced but you can replace some of them and still get a great dish (i.e., use pears instead of figs, endive instead of radicchio, or a different kind of cheese, like gorgonzola) just be certain to keep the sweet-bitter balance.

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