Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Festive Red Radicchio for the Holidays

There are so many natural, wholesome ways to feature red and green in holiday salads, there’s no reason to rely on colored gelatin and whipped topping concoctions. Radicchio is a delicious way to add brilliant red to the holiday dinner table. Pink grapefruit and smooth avocados pair festively for a perfect holiday salad

Radicchio, Avocado and Grapefruit Salad

(Serves 4)

2 ruby grapefruit
1 head Royal Rose radicchio, cored and coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 firm-ripe avocado, peeled and sliced
1/3 cup chopped smoked almonds
1/4 cup sliced green onion
Salt and pepper

Section grapefruit; set fruit aside and squeeze membrane to release any juice into large bowl. Whisk in oil and lime juice, add radicchio and toss Divide evenly among flour plates and top with grapefruit sections, avocado, almonds, onion; season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

We Follow The Sun

At Royal Rose we follow the sun to fresher, bigger, better radicchio, growing close to home to provide you with the best radicchio year-round.

Fresher Radicchio is Bigger Radicchio
Royal Rose radicchio is the most widely consumed radicchio in the U.S. To meet the demand and maintain our promise of radicchio that is fresher, bigger and better — we follow the sun. Oh, we could follow the crowd and use a storage program but we follow a brighter star. We follow the sun.

Field Packed, Fresh, Every Day
Royal Rose has become the first company in the world to harvest radicchio on a daily basis. We grow radicchio in the salad bowl of the nation, the Salinas Valley, for most of the year. As the weather cools we move our growing operation to Oxnard California. In the winter months, January through March, we grow fresh radicchio in sunny Florida, as well as in well monitored fields in Mexico. Our radicchio, once it is harvested, moves directly to supermarkets and foodservice purveyors. We field pack our beautiful burgundy heads of radicchio — fresh every day.

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