Radicchio and Meyer Lemon Salad

Meyer lemon and Radicchio salad madebyjayne.com

Following the discovery that I could buy Meyer lemons here in the UK I found myself with said lemons and no idea what to make with them! I’m a terrible hoarder of my favourite things. Not a hoarder in the sense that have tons of stuff (I don’t!) but when I get something that I love I can’t bring myself to use it! So there I was with these lovely lemons and suddenly no recipe seemed to appeal to me as I didn’t want to use all my lemons! Before one gets the impression that I’m crazy I will get on with what I actually found to make! I had heard that Meyer lemons were so sweet the whole thing was edible! So this salad using the whole lemon, skin and all, was the perfect way to use one of my precious lemons without any waste!

It was lovely the day I made this salad, sunny and above 10 degrees, which possibly made me enjoy this even more! After a winter of soup this was such a treat as it was so summery and so healthy, it was the best salad I’ve eaten in a long time! It’s true you can eat the whole of a Meyer lemon! It’s a zesty and quite bitter (in a good way) salad. It certainly wakes up your taste buds and the spinach, feta and walnuts all balance it out adding their creamier, softer flavours. The more eagle-eyed of you may notice there are no walnuts in the picture! That is because I cut my finger while chopping the parsley for the salad and in my haste to finish so I could deal with the cut finger I forgot to add them for the picture!

It’s hard to find radicchio in all supermarkets, I get mine from the green grocer. I’m long aware of the difficulties in getting Meyer lemons in the UK so if you are unable to get a Meyer lemon a 1/4 of a pink grapefruit may make a substitute, although I haven’t tried that.

Radicchio and Meyer Lemon Salad (adapted from this recipe from Whole Living)

Ingredients (for 2)

  • 1/2 a Meyer lemon, washed and chopped
  • 1 small radicchio lettuce, sliced
  • 1 shallot, chopped finely
  • a handful of fresh spinach leaves, washed and chopped
  • 1 heaped tbsp of fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Meyer lemon juice (the other half of the lemon was enough for this)
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 60 grams feta cheese, cut into cubes
  • 30 grams walnuts, chopped

Instructions

  1. Chop the lemon, radicchio, shallot, spinach and parsley. Add each to a bowl.
  2. Make the dressing by whisking the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper together until combined. Add to the salad ingredients and mix well.
  3. Add the feta and walnuts and gently mix in to the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Serve immediately.
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  1. #1 by Lizthechef on February 20, 2013 - 16:26

    I’m promptly stealing your recipe and making it with some of our Meyer lemons – so happy you found some. Lovely photo – love the larger size.

    • #2 by Jayne on February 20, 2013 - 17:23

      Thank you! And thanks for the photo advice!

  2. #3 by creativculinary on February 20, 2013 - 17:12

    Just gorgeous Jayne; I just bought a huge box of them from Costco…I NEED ideas so thanks a bunch my friend!

    • #4 by Jayne on February 24, 2013 - 11:36

      Thank you! Wow a whole box, what have you planned?

  3. #5 by Minnie@thelady8home on February 21, 2013 - 12:17

    So refreshing!!! Love the salad idea.

  4. #6 by Franglais kitchen on February 22, 2013 - 22:35

    This looks beautiful and what a gorgeous recipe. I love nuts in salads, and the lemon cuts the saltiness of feta nicely. yum

  5. #8 by Coffee and Crumpets on February 23, 2013 - 14:47

    I used to hoard my Meyers when I had my little tree in Texas. What a vibrant, colourful salad, looks gorgeous. I love citrus, all kinds so this is great for me.

    Nazneen

    • #9 by Jayne on February 24, 2013 - 11:34

      Thank you, how lucky to have had your own Meyer lemon tree!

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