Salads

Radicchio-lous Salad with Pear Vinaigrette

This was me: in the grocery store, after watching a guy lick a pineapple. I was standing in the produce aisle with a head of radicchio in my hand and a far off look in my eye and then this barn-raised-moron picked up a pineapple and licked it. Actually I take it back. That’s offensive to anyone associate with a barn. This self centered flea brained nitwit licked a pineapple. The man standing next to me looked on in horror and I cracked a really dumb Harry Potter joke that may or may not have gone over like a lead balloon before reporting his barbaric behavior. I was taught that snitches get stitches but this went beyond the pale. And THAT is how this recipe was named. True story.

In my imaginings, where my recipes come from, I was going to use pineapple but as previously stated, there was a clear omen that this ingredient was not in the cards. What if this cad licked all the pineapples? I used pears instead and am glad that did.

And clearly J.K. Rowling deserves some credit here. Riddikulus!!

This will serve four as a main dish.

Salad Ingredients:

Half a head of Butter lettuce

1 small head of radicchio

1 1/2 cups of diced ham – I used sweet coppa.

1 cup of Manchego- shaved

2 pears – peeled and chopped

1 cucumber – peeled and cut into half moons

8 radishes – thinly sliced

Pear Vinaigrette Ingredients:

1 pear – peeled and chopped

1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard

1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil

1 chopped shallot

1 tablespoon of fresh thyme

1/4 white wine vinegar

Blend all ingredients in blender.

Instructions:

Rinse and dry lettuce and mix in bowl. Add cucumbers and radishes. Top with ham, pears and cheese. Toss with dressing and serve immediately.

Magilla rating: 9

Mom rating: 10

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