Balsamic radicchio, grape and manchego salad

Radicchio and red grapes showered in manchego snow.
Radicchio and red grapes showered in manchego snow. Photo: Katrina Meynink

Hands-down one of the quickest salads you'll put together this Christmas and one of the tastiest. An excellent marriage of crunch and sweet and salt and soft, all covered in manchego cheese snow.



3 tbsp quality balsamic glaze

juice of ½ lemon

5 tbsp olive oil


150g radicchio leaves

1½ cups red grapes, halved

½ red onion, finely sliced on a mandolin

arils of ½ pomegranate

salt and pepper to season

80g-100g manchego


1. Whisk the dressing ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.

2. Spread the radicchio leaves on a large serving platter. Top with cut grapes, onion and pomegranate arils. Season generously with salt and pepper.

3. Spoon over the dressing, enough to coat the salad here and there in pockets of balsamic and oil.

4. Using a microplane, grate the manchego generously over the salad and serve immediately.

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