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.


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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