I was introduced to this salad by the farmer (and a friend), Ollie, who runs our CSA. I honestly have never had radicchio until she gave me a huge beautiful head of it a few weeks ago. The leaves are deep magenta, similar to cabbage, with thick white veins. Radicchio is a chicory which is part of the daisy family. Its leaves have a bitter flavor, which is mellowed by grilling or roasting.
But the salad I'm suggesting is raw, making it perfect for summer barbecues. You don't need to turn on the oven or fire up the grill. It's easy, almost too easy.
Simply drizzle—rinsed, dried, chopped leaves—with raw honey, balsamic, and olive oil. Don't be stingy with the honey, it helps cut the bitterness. Add a dash of sea salt and pepper, and a handful of pistachios to garnish. Enjoy!