Still, the Board has kept up with modern marketing trends and now the LCBO (yes, a user-friendly acronym) has turned itself into a snazzy, upscale brand with fancy furnishings and funky in-store signage. One of the best things to come out of this marketing consciousness is the LCBO's quarterly Food and Drink Magazine, an attractive and glossy high-production Martha Stewart Living-type giveaway featuring dozens of beautiful gourmet recipes in every issue.
So I was intrigued right away by the odd combination of flavours in this salad from an old Food and Drink Magazine and posted by one of my favourite food bloggers, Ricki from Diet, Dessert and Dogs. Grapefruit, olives and radishes sounded like such disparate tastes that I never would have thought of putting them together myself, but given the reputation of both Ricki and the magazine I knew that it had to be worth a try.
Like so many other interesting suggestions the recipe ended up being bookmarked for a long time, but it finally got made with colourful and delicious results. As the unusual ingredients suggest, the overall effect is difficult to describe … Ricki calls the results "tart, salty, peppery, juicy," to which I can only add "fresh," "tangy," and "bizarrely appealing."
This salad is best eaten in one sitting as it will turn to liquid-y mush after only a short time … but finishing it off in one dinner didn't prove to be any problem at all! If you're ambitious and finicky, a more appealing and tantalizing result can be had by peeling the membrane off each of the grapefruit sections, but I'm afraid that I'm not the kind of girl to go to that kind of trouble except in extraordinary circumstances!
This is my contribution to No Croutons Required, hosted this month by Holler. The challenge is to make any vegetarian soup or salad featuring fruit.
Ricki's radish and grapefruit salad
2 small red grapefruits
2 small white grapefruits
4 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup kalamata olives
12 radishes, thinly sliced
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons grapefruit juice
sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Peel the grapefruit and cut into sections over a bowl, to catch the juice for the dressing. Place the grapefruit sections, green onions, olives and radishes in a salad bowl. Chill until ready to serve.
Whisk together the dressing ingredients. Just before serving, pour dressing over the salad and gently toss together. Serves 4.