I’m so excited to share this radicchio salad with you as it’s the perfect way to take advantage of this gorgeous plant. But first, let me give you some context.
Every winter that comes around, I find radicchio at the farmer’s markets. For many years, I didn’t like the taste of it. I found it way too bitter.
My mum would tell me “if you find any food too bitter, your body is saying that it needs bitter foods!”. So I started persisting with eating it, even though I wasn’t such a big fan. My favourite, and honestly the only way I’ve ever enjoyed it was in this potato and radicchio salad.
My mum made this salad a few times a year, and I enjoyed it. This winter, I started making it quite regularly. The original salad didn’t have the capers, but I added them in as they compliment the flavours really well. If you want some added crunch, you can also sprinkle some walnuts on top.
The incredible beauty of radicchio
I’ve always marvelled at the beauty of radicchio. The deep colours of green and maroon, with the veins of white, is mesmerising to me.
I knew I needed to share this recipe so I could photograph this beautiful vegetable. Here’s a comparison of the radicchio as I mention below in the recipe. To use the outer leaves or the full head. I never let them go to waste.
Too many times you see just the tightly wrapped head in the shops, which means they probably discard the outer leaves that are perfectly fine and they taste the same!
This radicchio salad is so simple, yet so tasty and nourishing
This is such a simple salad, but so delicious and a great meal that can be eaten over a couple of days. Just leave the dressing to the side so that the radicchio doesn’t go soggy.
I intentionally did a large quantity for this salad so that you can feed the whole family or have it as leftovers for work/school. For a side dish portion, you can just half the ingredients.
The potato is excellent as it’s filling, but the radicchio adds a beautiful flavour and colour to the mix. To finish it off, the capers with the simple dressing give it that boost of flavour.
Hope you enjoy this family recipe in your home.