Radicchio Salad with Toasted Hazelnuts and Capers

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Author Notes: When I eat, I like to hit lots of flavor and texture notes -- to delight the mouth of course! -- and to create harmony on a plate. In this salad, the bitter crunch of the radicchio is nicely offset by the creamy crumbled egg and sweet toasted nuts, and further complemented by the zing of capers and dressing. This salad had me wanting seconds, and then thirds…. if you can't believe it, make this easy dish and see for yourself.Melina Hammer

Serves 2

  • 1 head radicchio
  • 1 handful hazelnuts
  • 1 handful capers, soaked and patted dry
  • 2 free-range eggs, hard-boiled and chopped
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grain mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Sherry vinegar
  • Good olive oil
  1. Lightly toast the hazelnuts for a few minutes, then place them between layers of parchment paper and wipe them of their skins. You may want to do this in rounds as some will release easier than others. Discard the skins from the paper to keep things tidy as you go.
  2. Gently crush nuts by pressing on them with the flat side of a knife. Toast hazelnuts again until they become fragrant, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Whisk together the minced shallot, mustard, honey, vinegar, and a glug of olive oil. Taste as you add the vinegar, first adding a just a spoonful and then more as needed. Adjust to your taste.
  4. Cut radicchio into wedges and stagger on plates.
  5. Top with crumbled egg, then the hazelnuts and capers. Dress with vinaigrette and enjoy.
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23 days ago kaleandsalt

This was fantastic! I charred the cut surfaces of the radicchio wedges in olive oil and sort of smashed them flat while plating, and followed the rest of the recipe as written. I never would have thought to put hazelnuts and capers together but it delicious. An elegant salad with complex flavors.


17 days ago Melina Hammer

wonderful! i'm so happy you loved this your description is perfect. charring the radicchio is a great idea too - next time i'll try it that way. ;)