Sweet citrus and dates, in season throughout the West all winter long, pair beautifully with bitter radicchio. Tangelos and blood oranges would also work well in this recipe. Prep Time: 25 minutes. Notes: Assemble the ingredients for this salad the morning of the party—segment the citrus, slice the dates, chop the almonds, shave the cheese into curls with a vegetable peeler—and then toss them together when you're ready to serve, to keep the dates from getting mushy. The dressing can be made up to 1 week ahead and chilled.
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1. In a small jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine garlic paste, pepper, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil. Cap jar and shake vigorously until dressing is emulsified.
2. With a small, sharp knife, cut ends off grapefruit and oranges. Working with 1 fruit at a time, set it cut side down on a cutting board. Following curve of fruit with knife, slice off peel and white pith. Cut between inner membranes and fruit to release segments; put them in a large bowl. Discard membranes and peel. Pour off juices (or just pour into a glass and drink) to keep salad from getting soggy.
3. Thinly slice dates and add to bowl along with radicchio, 1/2 cup parmesan shavings, and 1/4 cup almonds. Pour dressing over salad; toss thoroughly to coat. Turn salad onto a large platter or into a bowl and top with remaining 1/2 cup parmesan and 1/2 cup almonds.
Note: Nutritional analysis is per 2/3-cup serving.
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