Broccoli and Radicchio Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Over the past couple years, one of the biggest things I’ve learned is the importance of finding the right balance.

One of the reasons that JZ and I make such a good fit is that we are different in ways that allows us to balance each other out. I’m more scheduled, he’s more spontaneous. I like to relax in the evenings, he’s more likely to work until 10 pm. I like vegetables, he likes meat. And so on and so on. But over the past year and a bit, we’ve rubbed off on each other to make both of us more balanced.

Take last weekend for example. I’ve always been an uptight person who has trouble letting loose. So when it comes to going out to the bar, I worry about feeling okay and being productive the next day instead of just enjoying myself. But JZ has helped me to let go and be more care free. And you know what? Last weekend I actually had fun at a bar for the first time in a long time.

A perfectly balanced broccoli and radicchio salad with tangy feta, sunflower seeds, raisins, and sweet vinaigrette | Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen

That same kind of balance is important in food. I bought radicchio the other week which, if you haven’t tried it, is a strong bitter leafy vegetable. And when I say bitter, I mean bitter. Kale and collard greens are mild compared to it! So to bring balance to it, I like to pair radicchio with sweet flavours.

This broccoli and radicchio salad is the perfect example of that. The honey apple cider vinaigrette coats the salad in a mild sweetness to mute the bitterness of the radicchio. The tangy feta cheese nutty sunflower seeds also bring more complexity to the salad to take the focus off of the radicchio. I add raisins (or dried cranberries would work too!) for a final punch of sweetness on the tongue. It’s the perfect balance!

A perfectly balanced broccoli and radicchio salad with tangy feta, sunflower seeds, raisins, and sweet vinaigrette | Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen

Broccoli and Radicchio Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette
 
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A perfectly balanced broccoli and radicchio salad with tangy feta, sunflower seeds, raisins, and sweet vinaigrette. Vegetarian, gluten free, and nut free.
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Yield: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 crowns of broccoli, cut into small florets (about 4-1/2 cups)
  • 2 cups shredded radicchio
  • ¼ cup sultana raisins
  • 2-3 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • ⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • ¼ tsp mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a small dish, whisk together the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, mustard, and salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Mix together the broccoli, radicchio, sunflower seeds, feta, and raisins. Toss in the dressing to coat everything, then serve. Salad keeps for 2-3 days in a container in the fridge.

A perfectly balanced broccoli and radicchio salad with tangy feta, sunflower seeds, raisins, and sweet vinaigrette | Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen

How do you create balance in your life? In your food?

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18 Responses to Broccoli and Radicchio Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

  1. I can relate to what you wrote about you and JZ. My bf and I are the same: I’m more scheduled and he’s more spontaneous. I am a morning person, he’s a night owl. I like to eat healthy, he likes fast food. But we compromise and balance each other out. He makes me more care-free and I make him more organized. It works out.

  2. What a gorgeous recipe!

    That’s great JZ helps you relax and let loose :) I must admit, that is something I struggle with as well. Thank goodness for people in my life who help chill me out- I am so much better for it!

  3. I love that you added raisins to this! I’m slightly obsessed right now ;)

  4. You and JZ sound like a great match. I’m more like you, I have a hard time relaxing so it’s nice sometimes to have the opposite influence around you.

    Now about radicchio, it’s usually a little too bitter for my taste but I’d be willing to give another try in this salad. The way you describe it, it sounds delicious and I’m sure I’d feel good after eating it too!

    • Chelsea

      It’s usually too bitter for me too! But I really like it this way. Another way I’ve tried it is paired with butternut squash, arugula, and feta. That was tasty too!

  5. Love the balance of flavours in this recipe Chelsea. But I love more how well you and JZ seem to balance each other out. I’m all about being with someone with the same interests/hobbies but also I would like him to have a somewhat different approach to life to take me out of my comfort zone!

  6. Yes. Yes yes yes. Like with food, life balance is so important and you guys have struck a good chord. I’ve been on both ends from too strict to too loose and I think I’ve found the happy medium. As for food though… maybe a tad too lax but c’est la vie. I like how you added raisins to the salad- Radicchio really is bitter!

  7. Aww you and JZ sound like such a great couple — super happy for you, lady :) And I don’t think I’ve ever had radicchio before, but seeing as I can barely handle kale, and even the spiciness of arugula gets to me, I don’t know how I’d take it. I love the idea of balancing it out with something sweet, though. And raisins in salad are amazing.

    • Chelsea

      Haha I’m not sure you’d like radicchio. But I totally agree about raisins in salads – or any dried fruit, really.

  8. This looks AMAZING!! Me and my boyfriend are like that too: we super balance each other out. But he’s the healthy one. He would seriously love this salad!

  9. I like having balance in life and in food.

    Last night was a rare bar night with a lot of booze. I had a great time and today I started slow but I’ve hit steam and tackled a lot of blog loving, started my post for tomorrow, tossed in some laundry and even managed my finances. A morning yoga class did get sacrificed to the sleeping in gods and I have no regrets. I’ll make it to yoga later this week. :)

    • Chelsea

      Wow sounds like you’ve been productive! I get hit really hard by alcohol, so anything over 2 drinks usually means a day parked out on the couch haha.

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