Radicchio Salad with Gorgonzola, Dates and Hazelnuts

Serves 6

Wine suggestion: Sauvignon Blanc, Un-oaked Chardonnay or Pinot Noir

 

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Place the hazelnuts on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown and fragrant, about 10 to 12 minutes.  Allow the hazelnuts to cool 2 minutes and then rub them briskly in a rough kitchen towel to remove as much of the skin as possible.  If skins still remain, repeat.  Chop the hazelnuts coarsely and set aside.

In a bowl, whisk together the red wine vinegar, balsamic and extra virgin olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper.

Just before serving, toss the radicchio, dates, hazelnuts and vinaigrette together.  Place in a serving bowl or platter and crumble the gorgonzola onto the top.

Ingredients

1/2 cup hazelnuts toasted and peeled
1 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 small heads radicchio, cut into 1-inch chunks
8 dates, pitted and quartered
5 ounces Gorgonzola

Radicchio Salad with Gorgonzola, Dates and Hazelnuts