Nearly a year after our cross-country move, I’m still loving living in New York. It certainly has it’s trying moments, but at least for the foreseeable future, it’s where I most want to be. That said, there are certain things I miss dearly about San Francisco: primarily my friends and family, but also the incredible farm-fresh produce, and the superb restaurants. One of the spots that I yearn for most might surprise those who aren’t from the Bay Area. While I’m hardly wanting for killer pizza in New York, I often find myself dreaming about San Francisco’s Pizzeria Delfina. Yes, the pizza is on point (I’m particularly fond of the salsciccia and broccoli raab pies), but what I really crave is the insalata tricolore, a lemony chicory salad that (at least for me) is a non-negotiable order.
Thankfully, the recipe is now mine, thanks to my friend Omar at San Francisco’s 7×7 Magazine. A relatively simple salad, it packs in a shocking amount of flavor, and is just the sort of thing I like to pair with a carb-y main or a juicy steak. Do note that while the Italian-flag-inspired presentation is charming (and easy to accomplish), it can also all be tossed together in one big bowl, if you prefer not to arrange the chicories into three separate sections.
- For the dressing:
- 1 small shallot, finely minced
- 1 lemon, zested, plus 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon Champagne vinegar
- 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Kosher salt, to taste
- Freshly-ground black pepper
- For the salad:
- 1 head radicchio, cored and cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch julienne
- Kosher salt
- 2 heads endive, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices
- About 4 cups baby arugula
- Parmesan shavings, for garnish
- Make the dressing: Soak the shallot and lemon zest in the lemon juice and vinegar for 5 minutes to mellow the shallot's sharpness. Slowly stream in the olive oil, whisking constantly, until an emulsion forms. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Make the salad: In a medium mixing bowl, toss the radicchio in dressing and a pinch of salt. Arrange it over one-third of a platter or on individual plates. Follow the same process with the endive, and then the arugula, arranging them into three sections (red, white, and green). Top with a generous amount of parmesan shavings.