For this grilled radicchio salad, radicchio is quartered, brushed with olive oil, and grilled until crunchy-soft. It's then tossed with blue cheese and drizzled with a quick vinaigrette. Equal parts sweet and smoky.
*What is radicchio?
Belonging to the leaf-chicory family (as opposed to the herb chicory), radicchio is a bitter and spicy, red veined lettuce. And it is a lettuce--even though its tightly compact head would lead you to believe that it's part of the cabbage family. Other. lettuces in the chicory family include Belgian endive and curly endive. It's used extensively in Italian cooking, where it's often grilled with olive oil or sautéed and added to risottos. It's also popular in the autumn, as the flavour mellows considerably after the cold weather sets in.