Anchovies were a bit of a hurdle for me, and you still won't catch me adding them whole to my pizza, but I've learned to appreciate the briny richness they lend to salad dressings, dips and even stews. I have especially come to enjoy the combination of escarole (part of the bitter greens family, which also took me a while to love) and anchovy. Recently, I discovered that radishes and anchovies are also a great pair, so I decided to combine all three in one salad. You can whip this up in a matter of minutes, and it's a nice, crunchy accompaniment to meat or fish. Or, you can serve it as a simple first course. —Merrill Stubbs
1 1/2 tablespoons
red wine vinegar
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Small bunch radishes
large head escarole
In This Recipe
To make the vinaigrette, chop the anchovies finely and put them in a medium bowl. Add the vinegar, a good pinch of salt and several grinds of pepper and whisk to combine. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil, whisking constantly to emulsify the dressing. Set aside.
Scrub the radishes under running water and trim off the tops and tails. Slice them into thin matchsticks (you should have about 1 cup julienned radish). Put in a large salad bowl.
Clean and dry the escarole and slice it into 1/2-inch ribbons (you should have about 5 cups). Add to the salad bowl.
Toss about two-thirds of the dressing with the salad, taste and add more if you like. Serve immediately.