Grilled Radicchio and Corn Salad with Buttermilk Cream Sauce
Last year for my birthday, my wife Meg gave me this cookbook called Piatti – Plates and Platters for Sharing Inspired by Italy. For my birthday dinner that year she made 4 different dishes from this cookbook including Grilled Radicchio and Corn Salad.
Every dish was perfect. Not only delicious to eat but beautiful to look at as you can see from the photo above. This year when my daughter came home from college, we duplicated three of the recipes.
I would like to try every recipe in this book. They are that good, but like many home cooks, once they find a recipe they really like, you stick with it. I’ll make a point of trying some other recipes from this book including Stewed Calamari with Tomato, capers and collard Greens or Roasted Romanesco and Cauliflower with Black Oil-Cured Olives.
Radicchio (pronounced rah-dee-key-oh)
For those not familiar with radicchio, it is not a leafy lettuce like I always thought it was but rather a bitter vegetable. It is actually a type of chicory and looks like a small red cabbage.
A beautiful red-purplish color with white veins, radicchio is cousin to Belgian endive. If you’re eating it raw in a salad, it’s going to be bitter tasting. If you grill it or saute in, it will be less bitter. I have also read if you soak it in cold water for a couple of hours, the bitterness is less biting.
Filled with antioxidants, this beautiful vegetable not only looks good, tastes good but is good for your health. For those who are health conscious, radicchio is keto, paleo and vegan friendly.
Fennel is another of my favorite vegetables and one of the most underrated greens you’ll find. It has a unique “licorice” or “anise” flavor when eaten raw but when cooked, the licorice flavor mellow out some.
Part of the carrot family but it is not a root vegetable and grows above ground. Another healthy for you vegetable with anti inflammatory properties, it is a good source for fiber, folate, vitamin C, potassium, and vitamin B-6.
You can read more about fennel in my article All About Fennel and How to Cook with It.
Other Recipes from Piatti
Grilled Radicchio and Corn Salad
- 2 heads radicchio
- 5 tablespoons olive oil extra virgin, divided
- 2 ears fresh corn on the cob
- 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
- ½ clove garlic minced
- ¼ teaspoon honey
- salt and pepper to taste
- ½ bulb fresh fennel thinly sliced, save some fronds for garnishing
- chives finely chopped for garninshing
- Prep all the ingredients including cutting each head of radicchio into six wedges.
- Husk the corn on the cob and remove all the fine silk threads.
- In a bowl large enough to hold all the radicchio wedges, combine the wedges with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and gently stir to coat the radicchio.
- Preheat the grill to medium heat.
- When the grill is ready, add the radicchio wedges and corn. Carefully turn the radicchio wedges and corn every couple of minutes until the radicchio is charred and the corn lightly charred. Depending on your grill, this should take about 8 minutes but keep your eye on it.
- Remove the radicchio and corn from the grill and remove the kernels from the corn cobs using a paring knife or corn cutter.
- In a medium sized bowl, combine the lemion juice, lime juice and yogurt. Slowly whisk in 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, garlic, honey and some salt and pepper.
- Add half the corn and half the fennel to the bowl and carefully toss to coat.
- Add the radicchio wedges to the dressing and turn each wedge until coated.
- Transfer the radicchio wedges and dressed vegetables to a large serving platter. Top with the extra fennel and corn. Spoon the remaining dressing on top.
- Here's where you can garnish the dish with the reserved fennel fronds and chives. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.