Radicchio, Fennel, and Radish Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette and Warm Cranberry Walnut Crostini

Source: Alessandro Cartumini, Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley.

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This recipe was demonstrated at CUESA’s Market to Table programs on February 7, 2009.

Serves 4


3 heads Castelfranco radicchio, ripped into small pieces, washed and dried
1 head frisee, inner yellow part only, washed and dried
1 fennel, washed, bulb thinly shaved and fronds torn into small pieces
1 watermelon radish, washed and thinly shaved
3 breakfast radishes, washed and thinly shaved
1 black radish, washed and thinly shaved
1 pomegranate, halved, seeds removed and reserved (you can substitute mandarin or tangerine segments)

2 Meyer lemons, juice and zest
1 bergamot orange, juice, peel reserved for crostini (you can substitute Meyer lemon for bergamot)
½ cup grapeseed oil
1 tablespoon roasted shallots
1 teaspoon roasted garlic
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
Salt and black pepper, to taste

2 tablespoons salted butter
½ shallot, peeled and cut into slices
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
3 sprigs thyme
Peel of a bergamot orange (or Meyer lemon)
2 ⅓-inch slices Acme cranberry walnut bread, cut into ⅓-inch cubes


  1. Place the 6 dressing ingredients in a blender and blend until well emulsified. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

  2. Gather all the salad ingredients for assembly.
  3. Heat butter in a sauté pan, add shallots, garlic, thyme and citrus peel. Add bread cubes and sauté until well browned. Season with salt and pepper; keep warm.
  4. In a large mixing bowl combine all salad ingredients together with the dressing.  Season with salt and pepper to taste. Place on serving plates, top with crostini and shaved cheese. Enjoy!


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