The Salty Sweet & A Little Bitter Salad

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I often disregard the really simple recipes I put together from things I have in the fridge.

However, my sister was with me on New Year’s Day and I made this salad for her. The next day she sent me a picture of the same salad that she had recreated, “It was just THAT good, I would have never though to put those ingredients together,” she said.

After cooking for so many years, I think I’ve developed a natural inclination for understanding which flavors go well together. Salty (green olives) sweet (dates, lettuce, balsamic vinegar) fat (pecans) and a little bitter (radicchio and radishes).

Try it for yourself and let me know what you think!

The Salty Sweet & A Little Bitter Salad

Recipe by Colleen BeckettCourse: Appetizers


Prep time




  • 1 head of red radicchio

  • 5 dates

  • 1/4 cup of toasted pecans

  • 1/4 cup of green olives (without pits)

  • 3 radishes

  • balsamic vinegar

  • Extra virgin olive oil

  • s&p


  • Wash and cut the lettuce and radicchio into pieces and add them into a large salad bowl
  • Thinly slice the dates, olives and+ radishes with a knife and add them to the salad bowl
  • Toast the pecans on a pan over the fire until they are fragrant
  • Season with a good balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper (with the condiments I go light and then taste)

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