Citrus Salad with Radicchio, Dates, and Smoked Almonds

Citrus Salad with Radicchio, Dates, and Smoked Almonds

SERVES 4 to 6 FAST VEG

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS

Savory salads made with oranges and grapefruit are an impressive way to showcase the colorful citrus fruits that thrive in the sunny, dry Mediterranean climate—but only if you can tame the bitterness of the grapefruit and prevent its ample juice from drowning the other components.

We started by treating the grapefruit with salt and sugar to counter its bitter notes and draw out excess liquid.

Draining the seasoned fruit enabled us to preemptively remove the excess juice, and reserving some to use in a simple mustard and shallot vinaigrette for the greens helped to make the salad more cohesive.

Toasted, salted nuts added richness that contrasted nicely with the fruit and the assertively flavored radicchio, and chopped pitted dates added texture and extra sweetness.

We prefer to use navel oranges, tangelos, or Cara Caras in this salad. Blood oranges can also be used, but because they are smaller you’ll need four of them.

Ingredients

2 red grapefruits
3 oranges
1 teaspoon sugar
Salt and pepper
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 small shallot, minced
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 small head radicchio (6 ounces), cored and sliced thin
⅔ cup chopped pitted dates
½ cup smoked almonds, chopped coarse

Instruction

Cutaway peel and pith from grapefruits and oranges. Cut each fruit in half from pole to pole, then slice crosswise ¼ inch thick.

Transfer to a bowl, toss with sugar and ½ teaspoon salt and let sit for 15 minutes.

Drain fruit in a fine-mesh strainer set over a bowl, reserving 2 tablespoons juice. Arrange fruit on a serving platter and drizzle with oil. Whisk reserved juice, shallot, and mustard together in a medium bowl.

Add radicchio, ⅓ cup dates, and ¼ cup almonds and gently toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Arrange radicchio mixture over the fruit, leaving a 1-inch border of fruit around the edges.

Sprinkle with remaining ⅓ cup dates and remaining ¼ cup almonds. Serve.

VARIATION

Citrus Salad with Arugula, Golden Raisins, and Walnuts FAST VEG
Substitute 6 ounces baby arugula for radicchio, ½ cup golden raisins for dates, and ½ cup coarsely chopped walnuts for almonds.