You could pop a bottle of bubbly or make something sweet and chocolatey for your sweetie this Valentine’s Day. Of course you could. I bet you’ll find a lot of chocolate inspiration on the blogs today. But you can have chocolate pretty much anytime you want. Wouldn’t something a bit healthier say “I love you” even better? Try this Red Salad with Radicchio and Pomegranate Red Chile Flake Vinaigrette. Because nothing says be mine (for a very long time) like a big plate of veggies. Romantic red veggies.
I’m here to convince you that this Red Salad with radicchio and pomegranate really sets the mood. It has big bold flavors, but couldn’t be more simple.
Which is why I think it’s a great beginning to a romantic Valentine meal. Red is a passionate color, that much is obvious. However it’s the bitter/sweet flavors in the combination of radicchio and pomegranate that really enlivens the palate for the culinary (and other) adventures to come. After all, who wants a sleepy palate during the most romantic meal of the year?
So go ahead, arouse those taste buds with a hit of spicy heat! This Valentine salad has just enough chile pepper punch to make chocolate seem like a complete waste of romantic time.
The devil (so to speak) is in the details of this Red Salad. Bitter flavors shine with just a touch of salt, so I finished the salad with Wild Hibiscus Pyramid Salt Flakes. They’re a blend of dried and ground hibiscus flowers and delicate Australian pyramid-shaped salt crystals. I was sent a sample late last year and I’ve been saving it for this red salad on this most red holiday.
Happy Valentine’s Day. GREG