GRILLED RADICCHIO ORZO WITH BALSAMIC VINEGAR

Published on: 09/23/2020
grilled radicchio with orzo, fresh basil, and balsamic dressing

GRILLED RADICCHIO ORZO WITH BALSAMIC VINEGAR

Chicories are members of the daisy family, closely related to lettuces and dandelions. Escarole, Belgian endive, curly endive and radicchio are varieties of Chichorium intybus or Cichorim endivia. The romaine-shaped radicchio in this recipe actually has a more official name, Rossa di Treviso. Just something fun to say when you are trying not to talk politics… And definitely something even more delicious and peppery to consume :).This grilled radicchio with orzo and balsamic make for a tasty side dish or add a protein for a main bowl.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Salad, Side Dish
Servings 6

Equipment

  • grill or grill pan

Ingredients
  

  • 2 small heads of radicchio
  • 1 medium sweet onion sliced into rings
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups orzo whole wheat
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1-2 Tablespoons fresh basil chopped
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Additional options: feta cheese crumbles, olives, pine nuts; for a main dish: chicken or veggie sausage

Instructions
 

  • Prepare and preheat grill to medium.
  • Wash the radicchio, removing any bruised leaves and cutting off any stem. Slice each radicchio into quarters. Place radicchio and onion in a medium bowl and toss with olive oil and a few whirls of salt.
  • Place both directly on the grill. Grill radicchio until slightly wilted, but not charred, about 4–5 minutes, turning frequently. Grill onions for another few minutes, turning once. Remove from grill, chop into bite size pieces and set aside.
  • Prepare orzo according to package directions. Mix orzo, radicchio, onion in serving bowl.
  • Add balsamic vinegar, basil, salt and pepper to taste, and any additional ingredients desired. Makes 5–6 servings.

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