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Winter Citrus Salad with Wild Rice and Radicchio

I don’t know about you, but salads can get a WEE bit boring during our long winter months. A side salad alongside a festive meal lightens things up and adds color to my plate. However, I crave recipes that have more punch and substance to them. Salads with leftover cooked grains, like wild rice sprinkled throughout, not only bulks it up but makes it a little more interesting. It also can make this salad into a lighter meal on its own as opposed to a side.

I also aim to use up produce that is in season. A few of my favorite seasonal winter food items I indulge in are pomegranates, fennel, bitter greens (like radicchio and endive), and citrus. We get so spoiled with all the different citrus available. these days. I grew up with just two options: oranges and grapefruit. Now we can buy Cara Cara oranges, blood oranges, mandarins, and pomelo. I regularly rotate through them all to keep things interesting. So I figured, why not adapt all those things into a composed salad with a mish-mash of jeweled citrus, grilled peppery radicchio, fresh and crisp fennel and wild rice. AND, of course, a sprinkle of bursting red pomegranate seeds.

Serve, as is, as a lighter meal or as a festive side with my suggested sumac citrus vinaigrette or favorite store bought vinaigrette.

Winter Citrus Salad with Wild Rice and Radicchio

Christine Tizzard
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course composed salad, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Healthy, salad
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1-2 cups cooked and cooled wild rice or about 1 cup dry, then cooked
  • 1 head radicchio, cut into 8 wedges
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 2 oranges cara cara is good
  • 2 blood oranges
  • 1/2 fennel bulb thinly sliced, reserving fennel fronds for garnish

Suggested Vinaigrette: Sumac Citrus

  • 2 Tbsp citrus juice of choice
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground sumac
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • salt and pepper to taste

Garnish

  • fennel fronds
  • 1/2 pomegranate seeds only

Substitutions:

    For wild rice sub in any other cooked grain you like

      For radicchio sub in other butter greens such as endive or even charred kale

        Instructions
         

        • If needed, cook wild rice according to package instructions. Set aside and let cool.
        • Preheat hot pan or grill to high and lightly oil. Sear radicchio wedges until charred and just wilted/tender. Set aside on a plate.
        • Over a bowl and with a sharp knife, peel citrus and slice into rounds, OR/ segment citrus into wedges. The bowl with catch all leftover juice to use in vinaigrette recipe or drink at another time.
        • In a salad bowl or an a platter, layer wild rice with charred radicchio, citrus, and fennel.
        • Make vinaigrette by mixing all ingredients together in a bowl. Tasting and adjusting seasonings. Pour over salad.
        • Toss gently and garnish with fennel fronds and pomegranate seeds.
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