Sunday 15 December 2019

Radicchio and Pear Salad (serves 2)

Radicchio and pear salad
Radicchio and pear salad

Radicchio is sometimes as known as Italian chicory. They both have a similarly crunchy bite. If you can't find any radicchio or chicory, use a few handfuls of baby spinach instead.


1 head of radicchio

4 slices of Parma ham

1 ripe pear

50g of blue cheese

1 handful of finely chopped walnuts

For dressing

3 tablespoons of rapeseed or olive oil

1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon of runny honey

1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard




1. Pick and wash the leaves from the radicchio. Pat dry and arrange on a large salad platter.

2. Arrange the Parma ham on the platter. Slice the pears and arrange on top of the radicchio. Add the blue cheese to the plate. Sprinkle with finely chopped walnuts.

3. Make the dressing by mixing the oil, vinegar, honey and Dijon together. Add a generous pinch of salt and pepper to the dressing before drizzling over the platter. Serve immediately.

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