It seems people will be gathering once again for picnics and BBQ's, so here is a great salad to bring to those friend and family gatherings. There is a patriotic spin on the salad by incorporating red grapes, blueberries and Gorgonzola cheese.
1/4 cup champagne vinegar
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 English cucumber, peeled and diced (about 1 cup)
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
1 teaspoon whole-grain mustard
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 cups red grapes, halved
1 cup blueberries
2 heads radicchio, chopped
1 curly endive or frisee, chopped
1/2 cup crumbled gorgonzola
1/2 cup chopped roasted and salted pistachios
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the vinegar, water, sugar and salt and bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
- In a small bowl, pour the brine over the cucumbers and allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
- For the salad: In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, mustard and salt. Add the grapes, blueberries, radicchio and endive and toss well to coat. Drain the cucumbers and add them to the bowl along with the gorgonzola and pistachios.
- Toss one last time and serve.