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Radicchio and Red Grapefruit Salad

Radicchio and Red Grapefruit Salad
Photo by Tom McCorkle and food styling by Gina Nistico for The Washington Post


This salad centers on red winter produce, with radicchio bringing a peppery crispness, red grapefruit adding its signature bite mellowed by juicy sweetness, and red onion offering an enlivening snap. That pleasantly bitter trio is countered with a lightly sweetened balsamic dressing, creamy dabs of goat cheese and a rich crunch of toasted walnuts for a stunning salad that offers a welcome contrast when served with hearty winter stews or roasted dishes.


Radicchio and Red Grapefruit Salad


1/4 cup (1 ounce) walnut pieces
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 cups lightly packed, torn radicchio leaves (1 head)
1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced into rings (12 slices)
2 ounces soft goat cheese (chevre)


In a small dry skillet over medium heat, toast the walnuts, tossing or stirring frequently, until fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, transfer to a small bowl and let cool.

Using a sharp paring knife, trim the top and bottom off the grapefruit. Stand it on one end and, cutting downward following the curve of the fruit, remove all the rind and white pith. Hold the fruit over a medium bowl and cut each grapefruit segment from its membrane, letting the segment drop into the bowl. Squeeze any juice from the remaining membrane into a small bowl or jar.

In another medium bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, honey, salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon of the grapefruit juice. (Reserve the remaining juice for another use, such as drinking it.) Add the radicchio to the bowl with the dressing and toss to coat.

To serve, arrange about 3/4 cup of the radicchio onto each plate then evenly divide the grapefruit segments, onion, goat cheese and the walnuts over each portion. You can also arrange the salad in a large salad bowl and serve it family-style.


Makes 4 servings (about 3 cups)

Per serving (3/4 cup): Calories 192; Total Fat 15g (Sat Fat 4g); Protein 5g; Carb 12g; Fiber 2g; Cholesterol 7mg; Sodium 208mg: Sugars 7g

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