Bitter Greens Salad with Aged Balsamic, Pine Nuts & Currants

March/April 2012

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This salad features a colorful combination of escarole, endive and radicchio, along with currants, pine nuts and Parmesan. Serve as a first course or to accompany grilled steaks rubbed with rosemary and garlic.

Bitter Greens Salad with Aged Balsamic, Pine Nuts & Currants

Makes: 8 servings

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  • 2 heads Belgian endive, trimmed
  • 1 large head escarole, trimmed
  • 1 head Treviso or radicchio, trimmed
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, preferably aged
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated good-quality aged Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup currants


  1. Cut endive in quarters lengthwise. Slice escarole (and radicchio, if using) in half, then cut each half into 4 wedges.
  2. Combine oil, vinegar, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  3. Arrange the greens on 8 plates. Drizzle with the vinaigrette, then top with 1 tablespoon each Parmesan, pine nuts and currants.


Per serving: 207 calories; 16 g fat (3 g sat, 9 g mono); 4 mg cholesterol; 13 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 5 g protein; 4 g fiber; 167 mg sodium; 429 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1/2 fruit, 3 fat

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