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Grilled Radicchio with Tomato and Ricotta

Photo: Oxmoor House

 

Hands-on time 40 mins
Total time 40 mins
Yield Serves 8 (serving size: 1/2 bread slice and 1/8 of salad mixture)
This is one hearty salad. It's also a symphony of flavors and textures, where mellow, crunchy romaine meets beautifully bitter radicchio. Garlic flavors are layered in--both raw and grilled--as are acids: buttermilk, lemon, vinegar. A simple tomato-basil experience is tucked right in there, too. Serve with the simplest of grilled meats or chicken.

Ingredients

  • 2 romaine hearts, split, core intact
  • 1 head radicchio, quartered
  • 1 red onion, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 5 tablespoons lemon juice, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 garlic cloves, 2 halved and 2 minced
  • 4 (1/2-inch-thick) slices crusty artisan bread, cut in half
  • 1 cup Buttermilk Ricotta
  • 12 fresh basil leaves, fine chiffonade
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 beefsteak tomatoes, cut into wedges

Nutrition Information

  • calories 203
  • fat 14 g
  • satfat 6 g
  • monofat 5.3 g
  • polyfat 1.2 g
  • protein 10 g
  • carbohydrate 10 g
  • fiber 2 g
  • cholesterol 35 mg
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 205 mg
  • calcium 263 mg

How to Make It

  1. Fire up your grill. Medium-high flame/heat.

  2. Ready a large bowl.

  3. PREP THE VEGETABLES, DRESSING, AND SIDES

  4. Combine the romaine hearts, the raddichio, and the onion in the large bowl.

  5. Add 2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice, 3/8 teaspoon salt, and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil.

  6. Toss to coat the vegetables. Let sit for 10 minutes before grilling.

  7. Take the 2 halved garlic cloves and rub by hand into the slices of bread.

  8. Combine 1/8 teaspoon salt, the ricotta, the basil, and the pepper in a small bowl. Refrigerate.

  9. Combine 2 1/2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, the red wine vinegar, and the 2 minced garlic cloves in a small bowl. Stir with a teaspoon. Keep this vinaigrette loose and easy.

  10. GRILL! Grill the onions first for 5 minutes or until nicely marked and wilted.

  11. Follow up with the romaine and the radicchio, finding the hottest spots on your grill. Grill until well marked, about 2 minutes, not a moment more. Remove to a plate.

  12. Grill the bread, cooking 2 minutes on each side to slightly char. Remove to the plate.

  13. USE YOUR BEST PLATING SKILLS Create an arrangement of the radicchio, the romaine, and the tomatoes on a large platter.

  14. Scatter the grilled onions on top.

  15. Spoon the vinaigrette over the salad and sprinkle with the remaining salt and the pepper.

  16. Spoon the ricotta mixture onto the grilled bread, being conscious to leave some grilled bits showing.

  17. Serve the bread and salad with forks and steak knives.

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