This salad could not be simpler and goes with almost all greens. I like the bitterness of the radicchio paired with either little gem or other baby red lettuces. The cara cara oranges--in season during the winter months--are just fantastic but you could substitute regular oranges or in the summer stone fruit such as peaches or nectarines.
Ingredients (serves 4-6):
-4 cups radicchio, chopped, washed and spun dry
-3 cups little gems or baby red lettuces, chopped, washed and spun dry
-2 large cara cara oranges, cut into slices, skin and pith removed
-Extra virgin olive oil
-Sherry or similar vinegar
-Coarse sea salt
Place the lettuces into a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle a tablespoon of coarse salt over the lettuces. Douse them with the Sherry vinegar, approximately 4-5 tablespoons. Dress liberally with olive oil, about 3-4 tablespoons. Mix well by hand. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary.
Place cara cara oranges slices on each plate and place lettuces on top. If you wanted to gussy up this salad more you could grate shreds of ricotta salata over the top.
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