Yield: 4 Servings
|4 slices||Country bread, thin; cut from a lg round loaf|
|1||Clove garlic; peel/halve|
|2 mediums||Radicchio heads; cored/ cut in thin strips|
|3 ounces||Gruyere cheese; thin shaved|
|2 tablespoons||Walnuts; coarsely chopped|
|4 tablespoons||Extra-virgin olive oil|
|3 tablespoons||Red wine vinegar|
|1 teaspoon||Fine-quality mustard|
|;salt & pepper to taste|
"The colors and aromas -- the deep magenta leaves of radicchio, the rich flavor of walnuts, and the golden hue and pungent fragrance of ripe cheese, make this a winter dish. The ingredients are tossed in a mustard-spiked dressing on top of large, thin slices of garlicky grilled bread, and each person is served a piece of bread with its share of salad."
Lightly grill or toast the bread and rub one side of each slice with the cut clove of garlic.
Line a seving dish with the grilled bread and distribute the radicchio over the bread slices. Top with the Gruyere cheese shavings and sprinkle with chopped walnuts.
In a small bowl combine the olive oil, vinegar, mustard, and salt and pepper to taste. Beat with a fork until well blended.
Pour the dressing over the salad and carefully toss the salad on top of the bread, using it as a base. Correct the seasonings. Each person is served a piece of grilled bread topped with salad.
Source: "Verdura" by Viana La Place