Why the Reds?
- Red foods (such as tomatoes) often contain a carotenoid called lycopene - an antioxidant shown to protect against certain cancers.
- Some red foods (like beets) contain anthocyanins (also found in some purple and blue foods) which may offer some anit-viral and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Other reds, like bell peppers, radicchio, and cherries are super high in Vitamin C, perfect for this time of year.
Ruby Red Radicchio Salad with Pink Pepper Dressing
1 Medium Head of Radicchio
1/4 Cup Walnuts
1/4 Cup Sunflower Seeds
1/4 Cup Dried Cranberries
Pink Pepper Dressing (Recipe Below)
Optional: Goat cheese or feta for serving
Peel beets, slice them in half then into rounds (if they are larger beets, cut them into quarters before slicing them into rounds). Toss with a splash of olive oil, and some salt and pepper and roast in a 200 C (400 F) for 20-30 minutes or until soft, stirring halfway through. Meanwhile, shred the radicchio and arrange in a bowl or plater. Peel and segment the two grapefruit and arrange them on top of the radicchio. Garnish with the roasted beets, the walnuts, sunflower seeds, cranberries, dressing and optional cheese.
Pink Pepper Dressing1 tsp. Grainy Dijon Mustard
1 Tbsp. Mirin
2 Tbsp. Red Wine Vinegar (I used a raspberry vinegar)
1/2 tsp. Crushed Pink Pepper Corns (or a Big pinch black pepper)
3 Tbsp. Olive Oil
Sea Salt to taste
Combine all ingredients, and slowly add the oil while stirring to emulsify. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.