Can you taste these colors? Feel this brightness? When winter starts to feel drab and dark — around January — I like to find seasonal ingredients to make a vibrant and cheery salad.
Foraging at the supermarket, I found these chicories, swathed in a package of three and tucked gingerly in a bin under purple tissue paper. I could tell these were delicate little creatures eager to come home with me (don’t worry, I really don’t talk to my produce much), but I wondered… What ARE chicories, anyway? I don’t think I’ve had them before, unless they are the same as Belgian endives — which they really look like — in which case, are Belgian endives just chicories born in Belgium?
Whatever their provenance, chicories, I discovered, are quite lovely with citrus and nuts. So here’s a winter salad of chicory, orange, pomegranate and walnuts, and a simple vinaigrette sweetened with pomegranate syrup (if you don’t have this, a dollop of honey will do).
And with this, I’m adding new “Salad” and “Soup” categories to my recipe index. Happy winter foraging, everyone.
Winter Salad of Chicory, Orange, Pomegranate & Walnuts
- 1 chicory, base removed, leaves washed & dried and cut into thirds
- 2 small oranges, top and base cut off, side peels sliced off and cut into round slices, and white cores in middle removed
- 1/2 cup walnuts, slightly crumbled
- Seeds of 1/2 pomegranate
- Vinaigrette: 1 tsp. red wine vinegar, 1 tsp. pomegranate syrup, salt & pepper (mix these ingredients first, then whisk in oil), 2 Tbs. olive oil
January 30, 2014 at 2:56 pm
This is such a great salad, it really is the very essence of winter. Crisp and clean this is just wonderful. I love chicory!!
February 4, 2014 at 5:09 pm
Thanks, Suzanne. I’ve discovered I love chicory too! Yes, this was a crisp and clean salad, we’ve had it 3 times now it’s so refreshing!
January 30, 2014 at 4:55 pm
Exactly what we need this time around! The pomegranate syrup vinaigrette sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing 🙂
February 4, 2014 at 5:10 pm
Thanks, Abby! A nice change from heavy winter meals.
January 30, 2014 at 8:25 pm
What a perfect salad! The chicories look sooo good. Perfect. Clementines would be good too with this.
February 4, 2014 at 5:11 pm
Yes, right on the clementines – they would be great here! The chicories were really tasty and fresh – no wonder the grocer wraps them so gingerly in tissue paper 🙂
January 30, 2014 at 9:56 pm
Colorful winter salad!
February 4, 2014 at 5:11 pm
January 31, 2014 at 1:52 am
Hey I have oranges, endive, and walnuts. Just need to get poms!
February 4, 2014 at 5:12 pm
Ha! Glad it looks appealing. You could omit the pomegranate seeds, but they do add some nice color!
January 31, 2014 at 8:12 am
Looks so lovely and fresh and i like the sound of the vinaigrette..my mum brought me pomegranate syrup from Abu Dhabi and i haven’t used it yet!!
February 4, 2014 at 5:13 pm
Thanks, Elaine. I bet that pomegranate syrup from Abu Dhabi is tasty, hope you enjoy it!
February 4, 2014 at 6:01 pm
Thank you 🙂