Bibb, Roasted Beet, and Radicchio Salad with Hazelnuts

by mary on February 4, 2012

finished salad with beets, radicchio and hazelnuts shown in a white bowl against a pink background.

Bibb, roasted beet, radicchio and hazelnut salad

With dark ruby roasted beets and deep pink radicchio leaves, this would make a beautiful salad for a Valentine or anytime. Roasting concentrates the sweetness of the beets, and soaking the radicchio takes away its bitterness. Isn’t that a good thought for a Valentine– concentrate the sweet and throw away the bitter?

You could use walnuts or pecans in this salad, but I really liked the crunchy hazelnuts (my husband says I’m a hazelnut fangirl). Start with a look at my how-to’s on roasting beets and taking the bite out of radicchio leaves.

Bibb, Beet, and Radicchio Salad with Red Onion dressing
 
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A beautiful pink, red, and green salad for winter with sweet beets and crunchy hazelnuts.
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Type: salad
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • For the salad:
  • ½ small head radicchio
  • 1 head Bibb lettuce
  • ½ head red leaf lettuce
  • 1 roasted beet
  • handful hazelnuts
  • For the dressing:
  • 2 Tbs. minced red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
  • salt
  • pepper
Instructions
  1. I'm assuming you are starting with a roasted beet on hand, if not, refer to my post on how to roast beets.
  2. Put the radicchio leaves in a bowl of ice water for 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, start the dressing and prepare the other ingredients.
  4. For the dressing, mince a few tablespoons of red onion and two cloves of garlic.
  5. Combine with 3 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil in a small bowl, set aside.
  6. Wash and shred the Bibb lettuce and the red leaf lettuce.
  7. Mince roasted beet.
  8. Roughly chop hazelnuts.
  9. After 30 minutes, drain radicchio. Chop or shred.
  10. Put the lettuces and radicchio in a large bowl.
  11. Add balsamic vinegar to the bowl, toss.
  12. Add the olive oil/garlic/onion mixture, salt, and pepper to the bowl, toss again.
  13. Serve onto plates.
  14. On each plate, top the lettuce with the beets and chopped hazelnuts.

 

larger view Bibb salad with roasted beet. radicchio, and hazelnuts in a white bowl against a pink background

Pretty reds and pinks in this roasted beet, radicchio, and hazelnut salad

 

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