An Italian sweet-and-sour sauce made with vinegar, honey, and raisins--agrodolce, literally "sour/sweet"--softens the bitterness of radicchio and escarole. Serve this salad right away, while it's crisp.

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Credit: Jeffery Cross; Styling: Robyn Valarik

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40 mins
Serves 4


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  • In a small bowl, combine vinegars, honey, 1/2 tsp. each rosemary and salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper; set aside.

  • Heat a 12-in. frying pan over medium-high heat. Season steak all over with remaining 1/2 tsp. each rosemary, salt, and pepper, then rub with 1/2 tbsp. oil. Cook steak in pan, turning once, until medium-rare, 8 to 9 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and tent with foil.

  • Reduce heat under pan to medium. Add remaining 1 1/2 tbsp. oil and the shallots; cook, stirring often, until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in raisins, then add radicchio and vinegar mixture. Cook, stirring occasionally, until radicchio just starts to wilt (wedges will break apart), 2 minutes; with slotted spoon, transfer radicchio to bowl with steak. Add escarole to pan and cook until it's barely wilted, about 1 minute. Remove from heat.

  • Slice steak crosswise, trimming fat, and return to bowl with radicchio mixture. Add escarole, pears, and parsley; toss to mix and transfer to a platter.

Nutrition Facts

432 calories; calories from fat 47%; protein 24g; fat 23g; saturated fat 7.3g; carbohydrates 35g; fiber 6.1g; sodium 479mg; cholesterol 57mg.