Radicchio and Gorgonzola Salad

We slept through the new year stuffed on sausage, and potatoes and this wonderful fancy salad. I remember eating this so many times in Italy, a creation of my good friend Clark, endeared to all who know him by his exuberance for life and salt…and sugar. I remember him holding the  container high above the bowl while the grains flowed like sand through an hour glass. This salad is somewhat over the top, drawing on not one, or two, or even three gourmet ingredients. But what the hell? It was a special occasion.  A lesser quality blue cheese would probably still be tasty, as would red cabbage substituted for the radicchio. However, radicchio is somewhat bitter, which we took to be symbolic of the bitterness of life (in part justification for spending $4 on a tiny head of lettuce) while the raisins and balsamic vinegar impart sweetness (the sweetness of the new year), the Gorgonzola gives needed salt, and the walnuts a contrasting texture.

Radicchio and Gorgonzola salad

Servings: 4-6


  • 1 head radicchio
  • crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons good balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste


Pull apart the radicchio leaves in a bowl. Add raisins, walnuts and small knobs of blue cheese. Toss with sugar, balsamic, olive oil and salt and pepper.