Sweet White Salad with Shaved Asiago

A delicious and easily put-together salad.

INGREDIENTS | SERVES 4

  • 4 ounces (about 2 heads) frisee or fine curly endive
  • 4 heads Belgium endive, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup julienne of jicama
  • 1 small sweet onion, sliced into paper-thin rings
  • Juice of ½ lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon orange juice concentrate
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Wedge of Asiago cheese, Parmigiano Reggiano, or other good “grana” cheese
  1. Wash and dry the frisee; combine with Belgium endive, jicama, and onions.

  2. Whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, orange juice concentrate, salt, and pepper; toss with salad to coat.

  3. Arrange salad onto 4 plates, piling it as high as possible.

  4. Using a swivel peeler, gently shave 4 or 5 curls of Asiago cheese over each salad, and serve immediately.

What Are Grana Cheeses, and Do They Come in a Green Shaker Can?

Grana cheeses are the hard, aged “grating” cheeses, and the short answer is: No. They don't come in a green shaker can. Grana, literally, means “grainy,” and describes these crumbly cheeses very well. They'll sprinkle into flakes or fine powder on a grater. The undeniable king of the grana cheeses is Parmigiano Reggiano. This Parmesan cheese has a nutty, savory flavor and, sometimes, delicate crystalline specks in it that impart a dynamic texture.

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