Radicchio is such a gorgeous color, but its bitterness can make it unappealing to some. This salad sweetens it up beautifully with a tasty, easy-to-make raspberry dressing that will win rave reviews even from your kids. You can throw the whole thing together in no time and the results are healthy, beautiful, and delicious.
1 small head radicchio, quartered, cored, and thinly sliceed crosswise
1 smallish head romaine lettuce, heart only, sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick
1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced into half-moons
1 carrot, peeled and grated
1 crisp apple, cored and diced
small handful fresh parsley leaves
RASPBERRY BALSAMIC DRESSING
1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons honey
2 tablespoons raspberry preserves
2 tablespoons olive oil
freshly ground black pepper to taste
handful chopped walnuts
1. Put the radicchio, lettuce, onion, carrot, apple, and parsley in a large bowl. Finely grate the lemon right over the salad, using about half the zest.
2. To make the dressing, heat the vinegar and honey together in a small saucepan until the honey dissolves. Transfer to a small bowl and whisk in the preserves and olive oil.
3. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well, seasoning with pepper. Mix in the walnuts and serve right away.
Serves 5 to 6.